The True Believers™ are once again crowding around in public for a chance to stare at yet another inanimate object that they think they see the face of Jesus in. This time it’s a tree in front of a company in Rochester, NY that will eventually be the focus of claims of spontaneous healing and miraculous visions.
“I see it clearly,” said Yomaira Otero of Rochester, who stood in the pouring rain Tuesday with six members of her family to see the tree. She spoke in Spanish to her relatives and pointed out the facial features, including the beard of bark she saw. “He looks like he’s sleeping.”
He’s not sleeping, he’s ignoring you. He’s been trying to find a nice spot to take a break and every time he thinks he’s found it some idiot shows up and turns it into a media circus on him. Then the nutcases have to start spouting off what they think this sudden appearance means:
“It’s a sign from God that there should be peace,” said Maria Trinidad, who lives on Clifford Avenue. “There is a lot of crime here. People should have faith in God. This is God giving us a sign.”
Yeah, God wants peace… peace and fucking quiet! He’s trying to TAKE A FRIGGIN’ NAP FOR CHRISSAKE! The sign is DO NOT FRIGGIN’ DISTURB!
Fortunately there was at least one person who had the presence of mind to question what he thought he was seeing in the tree…
Jim Holtz, 54, of Greece, said he noticed the image Monday when he stopped in the Cash King pawn shop directly across the street from Hickey-Freeman.
“I was looking out that way as I usually do and saw that on the tree,” Holtz said. “I said, ‘Am I seeing things?’”
Yes Jim, you are seeing things. You’re seeing a tree with a bark pattern that your brain is attempting to make sense of by comparing it to common icons in your life and, in the great tradition of all nutcases, it’s decided to associate it with a mythical religious figure because that’s what you folks always do. If some of it didn’t resemble a beard in your mind then it would’ve been the Virgin Mary instead of Jesus.
A pic of the tree is in the upper right corner of this entry and you can click it for a bigger picture if you’re curious. Of the various examples of this nonsense this one is pretty weak in my opinion. It could just as easily look like a representation of Mario Van Peebles’ face to me. At least once I finally managed to figure out what the hell they were looking at as it’s pretty vague. If it’s Jesus then he’s got one helluva skin condition.