Lady Liberty Through Christ

July 6, 2006

I’ve never been to Memphis, USA. Maybe one day I will, and when I do I will be able to admire the 22 metre high Statue of Liberty Through Christ that a local megachurch has spent $260,000 US dollars building.

Tennessee Guerilla Women explains:

Wielding a giant cross, a tablet of Ten Commandments, and “Jehovah” etched on her crown, she is the Bible Belt’s very own copycat Statue of Liberty.

So Lady Liberty, who has for a century symbolised enlightenment values of liberty, (including inter alia, the separation of church and state) has been coopted to “[prove] that Jesus Christ is Lord over America, he is Lord over Tennessee, he is Lord over Memphis.”

The church’s pastor explains that “the teardrop on his Lady is God’s response to what he calls the nation’s ills, including legalized abortion, a lack of prayer in schools and the country’s “promotion of expressions of New Age, Wicca, secularism and humanism.””

On second thoughts, maybe I won’t go to Memphis after all. I’m not sure I’d be welcome.

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