And mainstream (not crazy) Christianity still remains silent, even about this abomination.
Give me your POOR, BROKENHEARTED Your CAPTURED, BLIND, AND BRUISED Your huddled MULTITUDES
yearning to be free;
The wretched LOST SOULS from shore to shore, Send these,
the SICK, OPPRESSED, HOMELESS
The tempest LOST to Christ.
I lift the cross as a symbol
that CHRIST IS THE DOOR.
Most of the customers at the Dixie Queen food counter near the church viewed the statue as a cheap attention grab, said Guardia Nelson, 27, who works there.
"It's a big issue," Ms. Nelson said. "Liberty's supposed to have a fire, not a cross."
Elena Martinez, a loan officer visiting Memphis from Houston, said her family was speechless at the sight.
"The Statue of Liberty has a different meaning for the country," Ms. Martinez said. "It doesn't need to be used in a religious sense."
At the pizza place next door, Amanda Houston pronounced the combination of the Statue of Liberty and Christianity "ridiculous," though her co-worker Landon Condit was far less critical: "I can't see anything wrong with it. This is the Bible Belt."
A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'
How is this not a hoax? This doesn't make any sense. Statue-of-liberty-holding-a-cross is satire. It's something bored college students draw while complaining about Amerika. It's like everything's been mixed up.
"That church is trashing the meaning of America," said 11-year Hickory Hill resident Evelyn Douglass.
"The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of the United States of America," she said. "The cross represents a specific religion. It's not right that they are mixing the two."
Douglass now takes the long way home to avoid "the big green thing."
THIS (all of it not just the convenient bits) is the word of god." Period. Extremism and dogmatism, when eternal life is on the line, is the natural extension of that kind of deal. So. Resent away. Get rid of the eternal life thing and maybe the god thing and you might have a workable more peaceful belief system. Might.
"I want to get into heaven because I am a greedy-ass motherfucker—but I don't want it to be hard or interfere with getting laid and I don't want to think too much about it too much."
What do you think about the new 72-foot Statue of Liberty replica on Winchester & Kirby?
- I think it's a great way for a church to bring a community together (15%)
- I think it is too big and is a distraction to drivers (21%)
- I think it's offensive to combine religion with the statue of liberty (30%)
- I like it. It has a strong message (34%)
As long as you all get into heaven, though. It's all worth it.
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