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. But, no more! Representatives say they intend to give the building a "fig leaf" as soon as possible:
The Church recently moved into their new premises, but failed to notice the phallic design until one resident looked at the building from an aerial position using Google Earth and posted a screen grab online.
Established in 1903, Christian Science teaches "love, growth and spiritual healing" based on teachings from the bible and the writings of founder Mary Baker Eddy. The phallus shaped church also has the slogan "rising up" as its motto.
On the Christian Science Dixon Facebook page, they explained that the "building [was] intentionally designed around a beautiful oak tree (instead of removing it)", adding that "southern exposure means it can be heated with the same energy generated by a single light bulb."