Call it the parish of St Cialis.

An Illinois church, when viewed from high above the earth, resembles a penis.

Apparently it wasn’t meant to be that way, but since it’s turned out that way, church officials say there are no plans to change it.

Officials at Christian Science Dixon are standing firm about the new structure, saying the church was designed to preserve a tree.

“We didn’t design it to be seen as what they’re seeing,” church officer Scott Shepherd told Sauk Valley Media. “And we didn’t design it to be seen from above.”

According to the Dixon church's Facebook page, the new structure was "intentionally designed around a beautiful oak tree." However, the shape of the church, as viewed on Google Earth, looks to many like a giant phallus.

The social media ribbing has been relentless.

"Check out this 'God's eye view' of a church in Dixon, Ill. Yeah, that's right, I said Dixon," read one Twitter post.

"A church in Dixon, Illinois looks like a penis from up here. Of course, the church motto is 'Rising Up,'" tweeted user almightygod, who has more than 50,000 followers.

An aerial photo of the church with a water main leak, which turned out to be photo shopped, was widely circulated online.

With the building expected to be completed next month, officials hope the toilet humor will subside.
“The Internet has great capability for good,” church officer Scott Shepherd told Sauk Valley Media, “and great capability for gossip and destruction.”

But even the church made light of the controversy on its Facebook page, joking, "Giant fig leaf coming soon."

Maybe this is all a reflection of our obsession with sex. Were we another culture where sex is seen as completely natural, we’d shrug it off as coincidental.

But no, being the prudish Americans that we are, we view it either as a) 5th grade humorous or b) a sacrilege.

Bring on the funny!