Statue of Liberty is designed after a Muslim woman

December 1, 2015


Those agitated by what Bill O’Reilly of Fox News calls “The Dramatic Muslim Invasion” may find a soothing tonic in the history of the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty was modeled after a Muslim woman.

Our uniquely American icon beckoning the world’s refugees and immigrants to freedom on our shores was designed as a representation of an Egyptian peasant woman.

As we confront the largest refugee crisis since World War II, which we helped create by invading Iraq and providing battle-field experience to Al Qaeda in Iraq (the parent of ISIS), it may be wise to remind ourselves of the origin of the Statue of Liberty.

The statue, proposed as a gift to Egypt to commemorate the 1869 completion of the Suez Canal, was conceived and designed by two Frenchmen, including Gustave Eiffel the Eiffel Tower creator, as a colossal monument to the industrial achievement. After Egypt rejected the plan, the gift was offered to America as “Liberty Enlightening the World.”

Erected in 1886, it stands as a beacon for a nation founded on principles transcending national origin, racial identity and religious affiliation.

Check out The Smithsonian, “The Statue of Liberty Was Originally a Muslim Woman.”

David Broadwater is a long time Atascadero resident and local activist.

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And yet from the National Park Service website;

The statue’s design almost certainly evolved from an earlier concept Bartholdi proposed for a colossal monument in Egypt, for which the artist used his drawings of Egyptian women as models. Bartholdi’s preliminary design for the Statue of Liberty is consistent with contemporary depictions of Liberty, but differs markedly from sculptures representing freed American slaves and Civil War soldiers. Bartholdi changed a broken shackle and chain in the statue’s left hand to tablets inscribed “July IV, MDCCLXXVI” (July 4, 1776) at Laboulaye’s request, to emphasize a broader vision of liberty for all mankind. There is no evidence that Bartholdi’s “original” design was perceived by white American supporters or the United States government as representing a black woman, or was changed on those grounds.

An Inquiry into the History and Meaning of Bartholdi’s Liberté éclairant le Monde



Rebecca M. Joseph, Ph.D.

with Brooke Rosenblatt and Carolyn Kinebrew

September 2000

Northeast Ethnography Program, Boston Support Office, National Park Service

In a theological context regarding Islam, while accepting Genesis, the verses in Genesis 17:18-21 are rejected by Muslim theologians:

18 And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before You!” 19 But God said, “No, but Sarah your wife will bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. 20 As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I will bless him, and will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. 21 But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this season next.

The Statue of Liberty exemplifies the freedom of religion while freeing those who believe from religious bondage evident in the Islamic faiths.

I can sum up this Op-Ed in one word: LoL!

Seriously. If it was a muslim woman, the chains on her feet would NOT be broken.

Just because Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi’s initial design was modeled after an Egyptian woman (we are assuming the part about religion), he completely changed it when the US became interested. Period.

Anything else is just small-minded feel-good-ism of the laziest kind.

Is this the Onion? Lady Liberty is classic Roman.

Go smoke another pack of Camel non filters. Mr. “were all gonna die” from everything is a fake. Activist? Nope, just another nutcase who gets 99.9999% of his information from the mindless internet sites.

Look, lets settle this thing once and for all….and lets keep it very scientific, or perhaps anthropological….is HER nose that of an Egyptian woman, or a Roman goddess???????

I rest my case!

Not true: the Statue of Liberty was designed after a Muslim woman.

True: the Statue of Liberty DID “beckon the world’s refugees and immigrants to freedom”.

But also true was that refugees and immigrants had to be legally admitted into our country. Immigrants had to be processed through Ellis Island. Immigrants had to have sponsors and medical histories. They passed citizenship tests and WANTED to learn English. They chose to assimilate.

Ask any legal immigrant what the Statue of Liberty stands for. Freedom. Opportunity. A new beginning. The Statue of Liberty does NOT stand for Sharia law or beheading so-called infidels. Our Statue of Liberty wasn’t designed after a religion that stones adulterous women and kidnaps and rapes girls.

It’s time we throw out the politically correct nonsense. We should NOT admit any Syrian Muslim refugees unless they are thoroughly vetted and if it takes months or years for that process to occur, oh well. The Statue will be ready to greet any LEGAL immigrants that come into our country the proper way without sacrificing our security or breaking our laws.

Exactly! Enough of this revisionism!

For what it’s worth, according to smithsonian mag it was originally modeled after an egyptian peasant:

“The Statue of Liberty does NOT stand for Sharia law or beheading so-called infidels. Our Statue of Liberty wasn’t designed after a religion that stones adulterous women and kidnaps and rapes girls” – Very true, but please keep in mind that a vast majority of muslims don’t subscribe to an extremist interpretation of sharia law. In fact extremist ideologies were mostly eliminated in the ME during the Ottoman Empire but have been revived due to conflict occurring over the last 50 to 100 years.

And his ancestor came from a large lake so what is the point?

This may be the most pointless thing I have ever read.