CHRISTIAN Scientists Illinois, must be praying for the same powers that the Chinese government possesses to stop people pointing and laughing at unintentionally lewd public objects.
In May of this year, Chinese Internet censors blocked links to photos of a building that was under construction. It was being erected as the new H/Q of The People’s Daily, the leading Chinese newspaper and mouthpiece for the ruling Communist Party.
But it gave people the giggles – mainly on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter equivalent, and the authorities moved in to smother the mirth.
Fortunately, no such draconian controls exist in the West and we can all have a damn good laugh at the new Christian Science Church which has arisen in Dixon. Seen from the air it looks like a giant phallus with a touch of the Peyronie’s.
According to this report, in an interview with Sauk Valley Media, church official Scott Shepherd said his church has taken it on the chin since word spread about the spiritual centre’s unfortunate design.
The Internet has great capability for good – and great capability for gossip and destruction.
According to Shepherd, the Christian Science Society of Dixon (motto: “Rising Up”) did not set out to make their holy house look like, well, a big brown dick.
We didn’t design it to be seen as what they’re seeing. And we didn’t design it to be seen from above.
Though they may not have had God in mind when they drew up blueprints, it seems that Shepherd and his flock did have a specific reason for erecting a curved, bulbous structure that leans to the left.
The church was designed by an architect, Shepherd said. The shape came about because the church wanted to have part of the building near the intersection of Highland Avenue and Second Street, plenty of windows for natural light, and a sanctuary, which is the eastern part of the building. But the church also wanted to preserve a large oak tree, which can be seen in the Google maps image, so the decision was made to curve the building around the tree.
Architect John McLane, who worked on the project before quitting over creative differences, defended the current design, saying it was “a little bit of a stretch” to claim the church resembled a penis.
Commenting on the church’s Facebook page, “Antilusional” pointed out that:
Another mistake was made. ‘Christian Science’? Wouldn’t that be an oxymoron? Science is about the explanation of observations through repeatable testing. I can’t see anything provable about Christianity. All one could do is make claims, but they could never be scientific. Also, the claims in the bible aren’t testable either. In fact, there are claims all over that, that contradict real actual proven science. So for an organization that is about a religion, it makes no sense to try to label themselves as being scientific. I can’t see how this could be possible at all.
Hat tip: Ivan