Old and busted: Jesus was Palestinian
New hotness: Statue of Liberty was originally a Muslim woman
However, researchers believe New York’s iconic monument, which greeted migrants to the country in the 20th century, was meant to be a Muslim woman holding a torch aloft.
The sculptor’s first sketch for ‘Lady Liberty’ was originally intended to represent an Egyptian peasant.
Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the architect of the icon, originally planned for his work to guard the newly-opened Suez Canal in Egypt.
He wanted his mammoth harbour monument to welcome boats into the mouth of Egypt’s groundbreaking canal.
Barry Moreno, a historian on the statue, said: “Taking the form of a veiled peasant woman, the statue was to stand 86 feet high, and its pedestal was to rise to a height of 48 feet.”
“Early models of the statue were called ‘Egypt Carrying the Light to Asia’.
However, officials in Egypt rejected his proposals for a robed woman holding a torch aloft, so he took his plans to America.
Mr Bartholdi handed over his plans for a Muslim woman adorned with Arab peasant garb.
But, after further discussions, he dropped her Islamic robe and transformed her into a Roman Goddess of Liberty, or as he put, ‘Liberty Enlightening the World’.
Naturally, there are those gloating over this story.
I have a few issues with it.
Firstly, why is it coming out now of all times? Oh yeah.
The surprise discovery comes after Donald Trump’s policies surrounding Muslim-majority countries and immigration crackdowns.
His ban on seven countries has run into controversy after being represented as a ‘Muslim ban’.
So clearly, the story is to somehow connected Muslim culture with liberty and even more specifically, a Muslim woman with human rights. Linda Sarsour must be thrilled!
Then there’s this little fact buried at the bottom of the article:
Historians still believe that the woman who served as the model for Lady Liberty’s face was Bartholdi’s mother, Augusta.
She was not a Muslim.
But even if we take what these new researchers say as truth, it is not as the headlines and spin is telling us. What they are claiming is the statue was originally intended for the Suez Canal, so naturally was in the form of a Muslim woman. Because, marketing. But once the Egyptians rejected it, he intended it for the US – so scrapped the idea of the Muslim woman and transformed her into a Roman Goddess of liberty Because, marketing. Clearly, the form of a woman dressed as a Muslim peasant does not represent liberty at all.
Once again, the media is feeding us a false narrative, with a very clear agenda seemingly set in stone.