CHICAGO -- A man was arrested for allegedly scrawling "Big Lie" over a stain on an expressway underpass that some believed was an image of the Virgin Mary. Authorities then painted over the stain because it had been defaced, police spokesman David Banks said Friday. Worldwide, people have been drawn to images believed to resemble the Virgin Mary seen on windows, fence posts and walls.
One of the best known was an image on windows of an office building in Clearwater, Fla., that drew hundreds of thousands of viewers after it was spotted in 1996. Experts said the image was created by corrosion. The windows were shattered last year, and a teenage boy pleaded guilty to felony criminal mischief and sentenced to 10 days in jail.
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Posted 06 May 2005 - 03:09 PM
Now i don't agree with that at all. I mean sure, i think the whole thing is baloney, but that doesn't give me the right to deface it. Many peoples beliefs are focused on these images, and no one has the right to deface them, deface these peoples beliefs if you will, because he or she thinks it's baloney.
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Posted 07 May 2005 - 05:17 AM
I found it greatly amusing that all those people were "worshipping" that stain, in the fisrt place. I checked it out, and it looked nothing like a person really. Its all the eyes of the beholder. It is just like looking up at the clouds with a friend and you seeing a dog while he sees a cat. All in your head!
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Blasphemy laws should be abolished. It would be a strange God indeed, that required protection by the judicial system.
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Posted 11 May 2005 - 07:40 PM
I use to live in Tampa Florida. People there were flocking to a nearby office building across the bay because humidity had made a Virgin Mary image appear in the glass.
The way I see it if someone can sell a toasted cheese sandwich on EBAY for a small $fortune because Mary appears in the toasting, people will pay or believe in anything. I think it all speaks to the gullibility of followers in that they choose to believe a myth that says a god sent an angel to rape a virgin who then gave birth to a baby that knew, in it's consciousness from the beginning, that it was to grow up and be put to death via Rome's capital punishment device, (Crucifixion) and then raise from the dead so that all peoples sins are forgiven forever as long as they believe the story.
Is it any wonder that today a grilled cheese sandwich with a burn stain is moldering in someone's religious relic's collection and a man faces vandalism charges for defacing an iron stain on an overpass , just because there are people so willing to label such things as holy? Is it any surprise these things are the next evolution in the mentality that believed an outrageous story to begin with? (And one that is copied verbatim from the older mythology of Krishna!?)
"(Oh Lord)If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there." Psalm 139:8