Which country will next battle it out in the Jesus wars?

Morning amusement:

For years, Brazil held the title with its imposing Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro.

The 30m statue of Christ with arms outstretched has been struck by lightning, vandalised and infected by fungus but remained the world’s tallest for 70 years.

In 1994, Bolivia topped Brazil with a Jesus statue claimed to reach 34m into the heavens.

Now the little Polish town of Swiebodzin has conquered with a stone and fibreglass Jesus statue that stands a shade over 36m.

If only laughing was all a person would do over this 1-up business. Unfortunately, the people responsible for this new statue in Swiebodzin are pinning more than just faith in Jesus on it:

A local official said the statue would hopefully bring in the tourist dollars to the economically downtrodden town.

“If we had opened a racetrack or a golf course here, tourists would have come only for the season,” he said. “But with a statue of Jesus the season will last all year.”

That’s assuming people stick around to buy stuff in the pop: 21,679 town and don’t just stroll over to take a pic with it and drive off again like so many other people do with roadside attractions. Back in April I wrote about this and quoted an article from the Guardian regarding the cost of the bloody thing: six million zloty (£1.5m). I do declare this venture to be a waste of money.

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