Graven Image


Graven Image It seems everyone has an opinion about the 72-foot-tall “Lady of Liberation” statue on Winchester. Some call it unpatriotic, because the Lady’s iconic torch has been traded for a shiny gold cross. Others call it a tacky embarrassment to our city. (Apparently the members of World Overcomers Church think it’s downright lovely.)

But the local Commission on Religion and Racism (CORR) is calling it “a graven image.” The coalition of local religious reform organizations is organizing weekly protests at the church demanding that Rev. Alton Williams remove the statue immediately.

They claim the Statue of Liberty is a “worldly symbol” that has no place on “Holy ground.” They say it represents racism, because while the original statue was intended to welcome all people to the states, black people were forced into the country as slaves.

“We must strip the superficial clothing from the ‘statue of liberty’ to get a good look at the naked truth behind the perpetuated myth,” says a statement released by CORR. “We call upon you in the name of God, to take that idol of stone down.”

CORR leaders say the group plans to begin protesting Sunday, August 6th. They say they will continue to do so weekly, until the statue comes down. Considering the $260,000 the church spent on the Lady, that might be a long time. -Bianca Phillips

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