Sunday, July 9, 2006

A new look for lady liberty?

MEMPHIS, July 4 — On Independence Day, Lady Liberty was born again. As the congregation of the World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church looked on and its pastor, Apostle Alton R. Williams, presided, a brown shroud much like a burqa was pulled away to reveal a giant statue of the Lady, but with the Ten Commandments under one arm and "Jehovah" inscribed on her crown.

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. But although big cheers went up from the few hundred onlookers at the unveiling, and some people even wore foam Lady Liberty crowns bearing Christian slogans, she was not universally welcomed.



Blogger lastlifeinmyuniverse said...

i expect to see the statue wearing a large robe with buddhist inscriptions standing in the middle of a large lotus flower. ill be waiting for that. patiently. very patiently.

July 09, 2006  
Blogger torporific said...

That would be a good way to start a new inquisition.

July 09, 2006  
Blogger John Good said...

Good lord you have to be kidding me right???? Has anyone informed Tony Hendra of this? It's straight out of his latest book!

July 09, 2006  
Anonymous lawgeekgurl said...

maybe she was crying because America litters.

July 09, 2006  
Blogger Scott Tibbs said...

I really don't see what the big deal is. Can someone explain?

July 10, 2006  
Blogger Nölff said...

OK? She is holding a roman torture device in the air.

Our French lady has been defaced and it says in an arogant way that we should not have opinions that are against Christian belief.

Jews, Hindus, Muslims, athiests...etc are not welcome here.

July 10, 2006  
Blogger Nölff said...

Scott Tibbs: I am allergic to your blog. I won't even try. Good luck with your angry conservative blog.

July 10, 2006  
Anonymous Thomas Paine said...

"I really don't see what the big deal is. Can someone explain?"

Because when you get down to the core of this, it's really just an publicity stunt. And some things should be above cheap stunts.

Imagine Jesus on the cross, but instead of a crown of thorns, he has a set of headphones, and instead of INIR on the cross it said iPOD?

Sound like a big deal now?

July 16, 2006  
Blogger dhonig said...

Their reality has lapped our satire. I did a long piece on this absurdity over at The Daily Pulse (

July 27, 2006  

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