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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Jesus To Ride Along In All PennDOT Plows This Winter

(HARRISBURG) - In preparation for the winter months, the entire fleet of vehicles used to plow snow from Pennsylvania roads has been outfitted with plastic dashboard Jesuses, PennDOT officials announced today.

Transportation Secretary Allen Biehler said his department purchased a total of 2,787 figurines of Christ to outfit its fleet of 2,250 dump trucks, 520 front-end loaders and 16 snow blowers. That includes one for Biehler's personal vehicle.

"From this point forward, I don't care if it rains or freezes, now that we've got a Plastic Jesus riding shotgun on every plow," Biehler told reporters.

"If this doesn't prevent another I-78 shitstorm, then nothing will," Biehler said.

When asked about whether the dashboard Jesus purchase amounts to state-sanctioned religious expression, Biehler said he was "pretty sure" that applies to "all religions other than Christianity."