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'Touchdown Jesus' Statue To Be Replaced By Ohio Church

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Flickr: Joe Shlabotnik
Flickr: Joe Shlabotnik

MONROE, Ohio -- A towering roadside Jesus statue destroyed two years ago in a lightning fire will be replaced later this summer in southwest Ohio.

The previous statue was ruined when it was hit by lightning two years ago this month. It depicted a waist-up Jesus with arms uplifted, drawing the nickname "Touchdown Jesus," or "Big Butter Jesus" for its creamy color.

The new version will have a full-bodied Jesus with arms reaching out, as if beckoning. It is being constructed with fire-resistant material.


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