Monday, July 03, 2006

In the annals of "That's just weird and creepy!"

From here:

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?


Catherine said...

Wow. I was actually offended enough to visit their website. Wow.

But, you can't really complain about them setting up a theocracy since its a church doing it and not a government. Its weird and creepy and sick and twisted...but sorry...not a theocracy...

Dave said...

My mention of theocracy was in reference to this comment from the article:

"Church members said the mixture of the statue and Christian symbols represent 'America belonging to God through Jesus Christ.'"

That's pure theocratic thinking right there. If given the chance, these sorts of people wouldn't stop at building weird statues on their property.

Dave said...

To further clarify my point (I don't believe in saying what I really mean until the third or fourth time I say it), I wanted to add that I wasn't implying that the act of putting up a fake statue of liberty on church property is an "act of theocracy" (for lack of a better term), but that the attitude represented by the statue--that of one nation under the dominion of a very, very conservative God--is emblematic of and consistent with the weird mixing of government and religious authoritarianism found in a theocracy.
I was talking about the message given by the statue--taking something that symbolizes freedom and liberty and turning it into a monument to Christendom--not the actual act of putting up the statue. Obviously they are a private group and can do what they want, no matter how creepy and stupid it is.