PETA offers to rebuild Jesus statue

June 22, 2010 at 1:34 PM

MONROE, Ohio, June 22 (UPI) -- A prominent animal rights group has offered to rebuild a lightning-struck 62-foot-tall Jesus statue in Ohio with a new vegan message.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to the Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio, offering to rebuild the statue, destroyed by a lightning strike June 14, with a redesign giving Jesus a lamb in his arms and an inscribed message: "Blessed Are the Merciful. Go Vegan," the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News reported Tuesday.

"An ever-growing number of Christians believe that eating the flesh of God's creatures supports the unholy cruelty of today's filthy factory farms and slaughterhouses," PETA leaders wrote in the letter, which was addressed to Revs. Lawrence and Darlene Bishop.

The letter said the organization would also supply the megachurch with vegetarian/vegan starter kits and "Christianity and Vegetarianism" pamphlets.

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