Cultural jihad. When I had the Statue of Liberty in a burka on the cover of my 2010 book, people thought I was overstating it.
Now it hangs in a Congressman’s office (a Democrat, of course) — not as a warning but as an aspiration.
The art implies that we are all subjugated Muslim women. We are not.
This is deeply offensive to every freedom-loving American (and immigrant) “yearning to be free” who escaped the most brutal and extreme ideology on the face of the earth, the sharia.
A PAINTING OF LADY LIBERTY IN HIJAB HANGS IN CONGRESSMAN’S OFFICE. DESPITE PROTESTS, HE SAYS IT’LL STAY
August 8, 2017, Samantha Schmidt August, Washington Post, August 8, 2017:
Each year, scores of high school students across the country compete in the Congressional Art Competition, submitting works of art for a chance to be featured at the U.S. Capitol.
Now, for the second year in a row, a teenager’s painting for the contest has become the center of a political controversy, drawing ire from conservative groups. This time around, the artwork stirred complaints even before making it to D.C.
The painting, a finalist in the competition, currently hangs in California, in the Santa Ana office of Rep. J. Luis Correa, a congressional Democrat. It depicts the Statue of Liberty wearing a hijab, holding her torch across the left side of her body.
While the painting is simply a piece of art created by a local female high school student, its symbolism is clearly political. It evokes imagery similar to other works of art that have circulated since President Trump’s election, such as the popular “We The People” poster of a woman wearing an American flag as a hijab.
But for some conservatives, the painting has no place in the office of an elected congressman.
When local activist group We the People Rising saw the painting in Correa’s office, its members set out on a campaign to have it removed, calling it a separation of church and state issue.
Early last month, a member of the group, which advocates for stricter immigration laws, wrote a letter to Correa requesting that his office take down the painting, saying it was “not appropriate” for the public office of a congressman. The group said it received guidance from a legal consultant.
“Ultimately, to attribute a specific religion to the Statue of Liberty is inaccurate, unprofessional and offensive,” wrote Mike McGetrick, an activist in We the People Rising and a resident of Orange, Calif. “In addition, the painting displays the torch of the Statue of Liberty, not as the heralded beacon of light, but rather held awkwardly to one side — in a perplexing, even disturbing, manner.”
Since then, the group has passed out fliers in local neighborhoods, urging constituents to contact the congressman and ask him to remove the painting. It says it will organize a protest on Sept. 11 at Correa’s district office if the painting is not taken down, the Orange County Register reported.
In a videotaped meeting with a representative for Correa, McGetrick called the painting “reprehensible” and “more than a little bit insulting.”
The art “implies we welcome Syrian refugees and all that,” another group member said.
EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Geller Report.