Unenlightened Liberty.

The Statue of Liberation Through Christ, a 72-foot reimagining of Lady Liberty unveiled yesterday at a Memphis megachurch, has some interesting revisions. The date of American independence inscribed on her tablet has been replaced by the Ten Commandments. And, most telling of all, the torch--a symbol of American Enlightenment values--has been swapped for a golden cross.


Anonymous said...

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she

With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

tiny robot said...

Why was it necessary to add more fabric to her sculpted robes? Did John Ashcroft have a part in this?

Paul Schmelzer said...

I wondered that too. Damn prudes. If you haven't read it, the NYTimes coverage is funny. They called the fabric, "a brown shroud much like a burqa" and included this description:

"And in place of a torch, she held aloft a large gold cross, as if to ward off the pawnshops, the car dealerships and the discount furniture outlets at the busy corner of Kirby Parkway and Winchester that is her home. A single tear graced her cheek.

It was not clear if she was crying because of her new home, her new identity as a symbol of religion or, as the pastor said, America's increasing godlessness."

Anonymous said...

Someone please explain how this "image" was able to receive a Patent?

Paul Schmelzer said...

One copyrights images, but I'm not sure I understand the question, MCD?