True Believers flock to Jesus’ shadow.

It’s quickly becoming clear that there is no limit to the different mediums that Jesus will make use of to splash his image all over the landscape. From tree bark to water stains he’s constantly topping himself with ever more clever ways of making his presence known. So what’s form does his latest self-portrait come in? Would you believe the shadows cast by a street light?

EAST CHICAGO, ID (AP)—A town in Indiana has turned off a streetlight that drew hundreds of people to see a shadow that some say looked like Jesus Christ.

The police chief of East Chicago, Indiana, called an emergency meeting yesterday to recommend the light be turned off in the interest of public safety. Nearby residents had complained about blocked cars and visitors congregating until five a-m. Several arrests were made Friday night after a large fight broke out in the area.

What’s really amazing about this story is the fact that the local officials are actually doing something sensible in response to it. When the True Believers™ start thinking they’ve seen Jesus or his mom in some random part of the landscape you can pretty much forget trying to talk any sense to them. Especially when Jesus’ message of love and tolerance kicks in and they start beating the crap out of each other, as apparently happened last Friday. Shutting off the light is probably the most sensible thing to do until people forget about it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the faithful were to try and find a way to turn the light back on. Good thing I’m not in charge of the light as I’d be having some serious fun with it. You know, turn it on and watch everyone come running and then, just as they get there, shut it off again and wait for them to start to leave. Rinse. Repeat. 

10 thoughts on “True Believers flock to Jesus’ shadow.

  1. Good thing I’m not in charge of the light as I’d be having some serious fun with it. You know, turn it on and watch everyone come running and then, just as they get there, shut it off again and wait for them to start to leave. Rinse. Repeat.

    shock You are a sick, sick man.  I love it!  cool grin

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    Good thing I’m not in charge of the light as I’d be having some serious fun with it. You know, turn it on and watch everyone come running and then, just as they get there, shut it off again and wait for them to start to leave. Rinse. Repeat.

    shock You are a sick, sick man.  I love it!  cool grin

    I second that.  The question is, why don’t they just reposition the light so the shadow no longer bears an similarity to anything?

  3. I second that.  The question is, why don’t they just reposition the light so the shadow no longer bears an similarity to anything?

    That isn’t the way to go, I’m with Les, have fun with em, and reposition some more street lamps, so we don’t have to take turns with the lightswitch. cool grin

  4. I think it’s sort of funny (read:sad) that these people come flocking to, and start worshiping, images that look like some artist’s conception of what Jesus (or Mary or whoever) looks like.  For all we know, they could be ushering in the second coming of Cat Stevens.  And he’s not even done coming the first time!  If you’ll pardon the crude phraseology.

  5. I say they replace the lens of the light with assorted images.  You could have symbols representing assorted favourite sports teams, movie symbols like Batman, and assorted religious deities.  That way everyone could get in on the fun.  Just think, a big number 8 one day followed up with a pentagram the next and then the old standby Jesus.  So much fun!

  6. Im just glad someone finally turned off a fucking light. We dont need to have them bitches on all of the damned time anyhow. Streetlamps just cause bullshit light pollution and help out with bombing runs. A nice false sence of security..  Almost as bad as floodlights without motion sensors.. on all damned night and sucking a thousand watts of power. Usually to “protect” some bullshit like an overmanicured lawn or some crap yard ornaments.

  7. Ya know…Jesus showed up in my first ultrasound picture of my daughter…my literally crazy cousin pointed it out to me…now whenever I open her baby book and see the picture…I see Jesus…maybe I need to make a copy of it and sell it on Ebay…lol

  8. I say that an electrical grid needs to be put around the light so every gullible boob that comes to see the holy shadow pops like a mosquito in a bug-zapper. I mean come on folks, faces of religious icons in food items, water stains, tree bark… you might as well be looking for an Iraq exit strategy to form in passing clouds! If you really belive this is how god would choose to communicate to the faithful I have a growth on the inside of my leg that looks like the face on Mars if you want to make a pilgrimage (please insert your own joke about Uranus here).  tongue rolleye

  9. I’m not sure which bothers me more:

    The fact that people are seeing Jesus in a streetlight shadow, when in fact it’s probably bug splatter that’s making the shadow, or

    The fact that the AP used the abbreviation for Idaho (ID) instead of Indiana (IN) in the dateline.

  10. How about making a high power flashlight project the same image, get on a rooftop, and shine it in the same spot.  When they come running, start moving it down the street.  See how fast you can get them to run.  Maybe open a manhole or three beforehand…

    Or morph the image into a devil and have it chase them down the street.

    Make some of the lamps display a devil or 666, wait for somebody to bust it, then call crimestoppers and get a reward.

    or some crap yard ornaments.

    One lawn in our neighborhood had a lawn jockey.  The wife and I always joked about what could be done to it.  Lawn ornaments should be chosen with care – a poor choice may just be asking for vandalism by some bored hoodlum.

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