Two years ago, a big statue of Jesus just off of I-75 between Dayton and Cincinnati (immortalized by the song Big Butter Jesus) burned down in a lightning strike. The original statue had His hands raised, prompting the alternative nickname Touchdown Jesus; a mural on the side of Notre Dame's library overlooking the football stadium originated that title, so I like the song title better.
We've missed seeing BBJ on our trips between Michigan and Tennessee, but He's back....sort of...
The new 51-foot statue was erected today at the Solid Rock Church near Monroe. It’s visible
to drivers along busy Interstate 75.
Nicknamed “Hug Me Jesus,” the statue depicts a full-bodied Jesus who’s standing with open arms.
If we had TDJ in the first case, we can call this Footy Goal Jesus, since the sign for a six-point goal in Australian Rules football is two hands pointing straight ahead; no, the index fingers aren't extended, but close enough for a forced metaphor.