Church declines PETA offer to rebuild Jesus statue with vegan message

MONROE — Officials at Solid Rock Church, where a 62-foot statue of Jesus burned down because of a lightning strike, have declined an offer from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to rebuild it with a vegan message.

PETA representatives suggested via a faxed letter to the church that, in exchange for a grant, Jesus would be built with a lamb in his arms and a message inscribed on the statue: “Blessed Are the Merciful. Go Vegan.”

PETA sent the letter to the church’s pastors, the Revs. Lawrence and Darlene Bishop. It said the money would be donated in part by a devoutly Christian PETA supporter, officials said. The letter states the following:

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As you can guess, the church said no.

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