Ummm, thanks to Towleroad for pointing to this story out of Charleston, SC — where there is a proposal afoot to erect a male version of the Statue of Liberty in Charleston Harbor.
At this point it’s only a proposal. Not so for another version of Lady Liberty that stands in my home town.
As this article from the New York Times reported back in 2006:
“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.”
Here are some photos I took of the Statue of Liberation Through Christ when I was in Memphis in 2008:
Somehow I don’t think New York Harbor or the River Seine ever thought they’d have any competition from other Ladies [or Gentlemen] Liberty. Guess they never considered what a versatile gal she is. As Ms. Nelson said back in 2006 when the Times interviewed her:
“‘It’s a big issue. Liberty’s supposed to have a fire, not a cross.'”
Nor, I might also add, a penis.