Atheist mourns loss of Jesus statue

15 Jun

You may have heard of the “Touchdown Jesus,” or perhaps you know it as “Big Butter Jesus.”  If not, here’s a visual:

One look and it’s obvious why the nicknames came about.  Even a song was written solely about this larger-than-life image.  Heywood Banks’ Big Butter Jesus was featured on the Bob and Tom radio show.  The refrain goes like this:

Big butter Jesus
Sweet cream Jesus
Oh country fresh Jesus
Unsalted Jesus
Oh promise Jesus
Imperial Jesus
Can’t believe it’s not Jesus
Oleo Lord

Last night during a thunderstorm, the graven image was struck by lightning and burned (melted) to the ground, despite resting on the surface of a lake.

I mourn its loss not because I am religious but because it was a great roadside attraction and, like all things American, was big and gaudy.  We will miss you, Big Butter Jesus.  May your legend spread* far and wide.

*As a writer, I’m obligated to tell bad puns.


Posted by on June 15, 2010 in Everyday Life


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5 responses to “Atheist mourns loss of Jesus statue

  1. Daniel

    June 16, 2010 at 12:13 am

    The final line of that song is, “Go spread the word!”

  2. Jane

    June 16, 2010 at 7:47 am

    How spectacular…is this now clarified butter Jesus?

  3. donna

    June 16, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    LOL!!!! I just heard about this—where have I been? LOL!

  4. Di

    June 29, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    My goodness!! If I had seen that twisted (just plain wrong) statue as a child, it would have scared the shit out of me. Good riddens. Did you say they are building another one? Take the money and help the poor or the animals, you twisted, money foolish people!!!

    • Liz

      June 29, 2010 at 8:03 pm

      Agreed! They can do a lot with the money they’ll be using for the statue.


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