What a scoop!


Actually, not so much. 

Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, the French sculptor who created Lady Liberty, had at one time pitched the idea of a massive lighthouse in the form of an ancient Egyptian female peasant, robed and holding a torch aloft, to be sited at the entrance to the Suez Canal.  

The Egyptians didn’t want it. 

Ancient Egyptian peasants, of course, pre-date Islam by oh, a lot.  Plus, Libertas (Latin for Liberty) was the Roman goddess of freedom.  Many artists of the 18th and 19th centuries were into using her to evoke republican ideals.  For example, she’s on the Great Seal of Bartholdi’s homeland, France.

So, yeah, Lady Liberty was meant to be a Muslim woman.  NOT.

Old News.  Fake News.  CBS News.  What’s the diff?


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