These things are butt ugly with a globe-looking thingie in the middle that is supposed to look like the "space needle" or some such according to a representative of the kult. Actually, the crosses only make up part of the structure which only makes them look kinda kitschy and sort of weird.
The kult owns two campuses, one down by Hobby airport and one, unfortunately, about a mile from my house. They are north and south of Houston. Billboards announcing (there are 2 in the north) the construction of the wacky crosses claim that Grace is "marking Houston" for Jebus. Sort of like what cats do to your house if you don't train them properly.
My favorite quote:
Riggle sees the crosses as a symbolic stand against moral decay. "The freeways are littered with sexually oriented businesses," he said. "I'd rather see something that stands for hope, life and faith."
I took a quick survey of the area about a mile north and south of where the "North Cross" will be erected and of the 16 of so billboards in that area, car dealership and spec home developer billboards far out number everything else. There are 2 billboards for grocery stores, one for a program on an AM talk radio station, one the for MD Anderson cancer treatment center, and several others for various non-sexually oriented businesses. There is a grand total of one billboard for a place called "Love Works" (may not be SFW) that says on its billboard "The Store for Lovers" and has a photo of a girl wearing a very modest lingerie get-up.
This is typical for these idiots. They have to make up some bullshit excuse of spending an outrageous amount of money just so they can justify wasting money better spent on, oh...I don't know....poor people perhaps or those confronting some horrible disease.
My favorite comment came from the CEO of Interfaith Ministries...
Grace has the "right to do anything they want" on its property, said Elliot Gershenson, the leader of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston.
"I would question, however, whether in the times of scarcity that we are in, there aren't better ways to express the way each of us, in our own way, walk in God's path," said Gershenson, president and CEO of Interfaith Ministries.
And you know what else...Love Works, unlike the kooky kult down the road, pays taxes on its revenue.