Democratic Rep Has Painting of Statue of Liberty in a Hijab Hanging in His Office


Democratic California Representative J. Luis Correa is under fire for a painting hanging in his hometown office showing the Statue of Liberty wearing a hijab — the head covering often worn by Muslim women.

The painting was created by a high school student as part of the Congressional Art Competition. The local activist group We the People Rising attacked the painting as an unpatriotic violation of the separation of church and state.

In a letter to Correa asking him to take it down, We the People Rising activist Mike McGetrick calls the painting “perplexing” and “disturbing” adding:

“Ultimately, to attribute a specific religion to the Statue of Liberty is inaccurate, unprofessional and offensive. In addition, the painting displays the torch of the Statue of Liberty, not as the heralded beacon of light, but rather held awkwardly to one side – in a perplexing, even disturbing, manner.”

At a July meeting between members and a Correa staffer, McGetrick called the painting “filthy.”

Tuesday, Correa told the Washington Post he won’t remove the painting, calling it an individual artist’s expression, warning that policing art could lead to a “very dangerous slippery slope” saying:

“My thoughts were, here’s probably a young Muslim lady who is trying very hard to be part of America, who is trying very hard to show people that she is an American, given the context that is going on around us in our country,” Correa said. “By me taking it down, I’m acknowledging that she did something wrong.”

We the People Rising said it will continue their campaign to have Correa take the painting down, even promising a September 11 protest at the representative’s office if the painting is not removed by then.

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