Lady Liberty was originally a Muslim woman

Bad news for all you xenophobic, refugee-hating toilet babies out there. The Statue of Liberty, that great specimen of American iconography that symbolizes the very foundation and guiding principles of our country, was originally a Muslim.

There is perhaps no image, save the Stars and Stripes or the bird we named our national symbol and then nearly drove to extinction, that embodies American patriotism like Lady Liberty. But as recently reported by The Daily Beast, she was born a member the religion many Americans are fearful has devious intentions to take over the country. Sorry kiddos, but it looks like Islam has been a part of America’s backbone all along.

The Statue of Liberty’s sculptor was one Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, who designed the statue originally to be placed at the entrance Suez Canal in Egypt. He initially envisioned her as a Muslim woman, robed in traditional Islamic dress, holding an upraised lantern “serving as both lighthouse and a symbol of progress.”

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However, when the khedive of Egypt, Ishma’il Pasha, was not interested in the project, Bartholdi took his plans to America, slapped a crown on her, and got that statue made.

Since her unveiling on October 28, 1886, she has enthusiastically welcomed millions of immigrants and refugees entering America with the words inscribed in bronze on her pedestal:

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Islam and immigration. Literally as American as Lady Liberty.

CORRECTION:
The original version of this article stated the words quoted above, from Emma Lazarus’ “The New Colossus,” were inscribed on the statue’s tabula ansata, which is actually inscribed with the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

[Daily Beast]