On the phallic church watch

Making the rounds on the net recently, this story about an inadvertently phallic church (here from Daily Kos, from 10/31, “Phallic-shaped church to get fig leaf”):

Officials from the Christian Science Church in Dixon, Illinois are upset after a satellite image from Google Maps began to go viral, showing their new church had a rather unusual shape.

Originally designed around an old oak tree, the design has provided a lot of laughs amongst online communities.

Apparently the church is working to find siome sort of fig leaf for the structure — despite the fact that its phallic nature is apparent only in an aerial view. Oh, modesty.

While I was googling up this story, I came across another, rather different, phallic church story. From Wikipedia:

St. Priapus Church (French: Église S. Priape) is a North American religion founded in the 1980s that centres on the worship of the phallus.

St. Priapus Church was founded in Montreal, Quebec, by D. F. Cassidy and has found a following mainly among homosexual men in Canada and the United States. The church, which is named after the Greek god Priapus, teaches that the phallus is the source of life, beauty, joy, and pleasure. The phallus is to be worshipped, which can be accomplished by a variety of sexual acts, including group masturbation. Semen is also treated with reverence and its consumption is an act of worship.

There are nine centres of the church in Canada and eight in the United States. The largest membership of the church resides in San Francisco, California, and it has its headquarters in Montreal.

Ah, the wonders of religious practice.

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