Church constructs monument to Christianity in likeness of Lady Liberty
As drivers wait for a green light on Winchester Road, they automatically lean their heads forward to view the 72-foot sea-foam-green Statue of Liberation overlooking Hickory Hill.
The towering replica of the Statue of Liberty -- with a few Christian touches -- is being erected in front of the 12,000-member World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church at Winchester and Kirby Parkway.
Replacing the recognizable torch, Lady Liberty holds a cross.
A beige sheet veils much of the $260,000 statue and will be removed during a Fourth of July ceremony.
Lady Liberty's uncovered eyes already peer down on the community. A tear falls from her right eye representing her concern for America.
Church members said the mixture of the statue and Christian symbols represent "America belonging to God through Jesus Christ."
The statue's famous inscription -- "Give me your tired, your poor ..." -- has been replaced with Roman numerals representing the Ten Commandments.
The seven-spiked crown that represents the seven seas of the world, has been changed to signify the seven redemptive names of Christ, according to church pastor Apostle Alton R. Williams.
Inscribed on the crown is the name Jehovah.
Democracy? Who needs democracy when we can have a good, old-fashioned theocracy?