In a letter to the church's council, Cobie Swart, the wife of minister Chris Swart, described the steeple as an image of a male's sex organs, which had "sexual relations with the goddess of the sky". This has raised questions about all church towers in South Africa, say concerned church members. The Brackenfell West congregation worked hard for the past decade to pay off the church and are now devastated that the tower might be torn down. ... It is now being compared to an occult symbol like that of the Free Masons, the sun god Ra or Nimrod, who married his mother Isis, a phallic object, obelisk and the needle of Egypt or Cleopatra.
I wonder what the origin of the church steeple really is. If it is old enough, it may indeed be designed after ancient religious structures like described above. Then again, towers have existed in human architecture for a long as humans have been able to building tall things that would stand up to the weather. It may be that the similarity is just a coincidence. Tall buildings make a more efficient use of space - and how can you have a tower that wouldn't seem like a phallic symbol?
At the very least, you won't look at the corner church in the same way again!