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.