In the little town of Zillah, Wash., God is a 200-foot radioactive dinosaur. Sort of. You see, the parishioners of the Christian Worship Center (denomination: Church of God) there have taken to calling their place of worship the Church of Godzilla -- er, make that Church of God-Zillah.
"It is spelled differently, and there's a little dash between God and Zillah," Jolene Conner, wife of the church's pastor, the Rev. Gary Conner, tells Hollywood.com.
It all started about six years ago, when the pastor would visit other congregations and inevitably be introduced as head of the "Church of Godzilla." Everyone thought it was cute, and around the time of the big-budget, U.S.-made "Godzilla" remake in 1998, the church made T-shirts for a fundraiser, with a picture of a T-Rex holding a cross.
Recently, one parishioner began building a 10-foot dinosaur in the church's parking lot. The yet-uncompleted creature (it's made of some kind of metal, Jolene says) is still just a skeleton, but it's mounted on a trailer and was recently entered in a local parade.
"My husband loved the old Godzilla movies, and we purchased them on videotape," Jolene says. "And it really has been an attention-getter with kids."
We had to ask, however, if the church's fascination with Godzilla and dinosaurs conflicts with scripture, which makes no mention of prehistoric reptiles.
"There's one spot in Job where Job kind of describes something that sounds like a dinosaur," she relates. "And there's physical evidence of dinosaurs -- there's other species that are extinct also. We don't have any problems with that. We just think it's a fun little thing that fell into our laps.
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