Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Blasphemous Nicknames

This church is situated  at the north end of Main Avenue, where it forms a T intersection with 8th Street. I cannot say what the original intentions of the planning committee were when they chose to decorate the facade with this figure. All I know is, locals have bestowed upon it numerous nicknames. Jesus Directing Traffic. Jesus Filet. Touchdown Jesus. I thought I had heard them all until last week when Reid piped up with Pisces Christ. Pisces Christ! Say it out loud. You know you want to. It feels like a blasphemous epithet. I mean no disrespect. But when you place a three story tall artistic representation of a religious icon in a highly trafficked, highly conspicuous location, people will talk. When you do something to deliberately attract attention, said attention won't necessarily be what you would prefer. Church members and policy makers appear to have a sense of humor, though. Type into your web browser and see where it takes you.

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