A rural Ohio church rejected Tuesday an offer from a leading animal rights group to erect a giant statue of Jesus proclaiming: “Go Vegan.”
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) offered to replace the congregation’s previous 62 foot statue for free after it was felled by lightening, KJRH-TV reported.
But the new version would depict Jesus holding a lamb with a banner reading: “Blessed are the merciful. Go Vegan,” according to a letter from PETA vice president Bruce Friedrich.
“I think we all would agree that Jesus would be horrified by the cruelty that we inflict today on animals simply to satisfy our addiction to the taste of their flesh and milk,” Friedrich wrote.
Pastor Lawrence Bishop of Solid Rock Church in the town of Monroe, just east of Dayton, told the station that PETA’s offer was simply “amusing,” nothing more.
“They want to build a statue free if it would advertise them, which is a ridiculous idea because that statue is not to promote any agenda,” Bishop said.