The former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, is just one of many conservatives coming down hard on a Democrat lawmaker for a painting hanging in his California district office that depicts the Statue of Liberty as a Muslim woman. (See video of the painting below.)
Palin tweeted about the painting after learning of it from a group called ‘We the People Rising.’
The group, which is focused on tightening immigration laws and enforcement in the U.S., originally voiced outrage after learning of the painting hung in the district office of Rep. Lou Correa.
The office is located in Santa Ana, California, and the painting is a finalist in the Congress’ annual student art competition.
We the People Rising claims the painting violates the separation of church and state.
We the People Rising has asked Rep. Correa to take the painting down, but as of now, it remains in place. In fact, Correa, a first-term congressman, has no plans to remove the painting, saying the Office of Legislative Counsel sees no legal issues. “You take it in the context of a lady, probably a Muslim American — with all that’s going on, she’s a proud American,” Correa told The Orange County Register.
Sarah Palin tweeted: “Statue of Liberty” Painting Found In Congressman’s Office, Then America Spots Something Unusual,” Palin said in the tweet that included a retweet on the issue from the Young Conservatives group.
"Statue of Liberty" Painting Found In Congressman's Office, Then America Spots Something Unusual https://t.co/2x0GQ2DqC0
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) August 7, 2017
Congressional Art Competition
Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.
Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.
Dennis Michael Lynch weighed in on the competition by stating, “A few years back my daughter was a finalist in the Congressional art competition. She entered her photo of a beautiful beach scene. Nothing political, whatsoever. Classy, very American, something to be proud of. Why does everything have to be politically motived with the Democrats?”
According to Fox News: “We the People Rising has posted two videos on its website in which members go to Correa’s district office on July 3 to ask that the painting be removed.
“You guys have a picture out in front of your office with the Statue of Liberty wearing a hijab, which I find reprehensible and disrespectful,” one of the members tells a staffer in the first video. “I would like to request that you remove it.”
The staffer says the theme of the art contest was “Faces of America.” He also said the controversial picture is among all of the finalists hanged in the district office and that the winning submission, which is displayed on Capitol Hill, honors WWII veterans.”
Last week, the group filed a complaint with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The following appears on the group’s YouTube channel: “Constituents filed a complaint with Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the issue of separation of church and state in regard to the Statue of Liberty in a hijab featured in a U.S. Congress Member’s public office. A copy of the letter was given to Congressman Lou Correa’s staff member. Video by Robin Hvidston, We The People Rising.”
Here is what We the People Rising wrote about the first video shown below:
CITIZEN LOBBYISTS VISIT DISTRICT OFFICE MEET WITH STAFF
Citizen Lobbyists request that the student art competition entry of the Statue of Liberty in a hijab be removed. A hijab signifies that the woman wearing the head covering is a devout Muslim. Citizens are requesting it be removed as it is a violation of church and state.
At his 6/20/17 open house, constituents discovered that Congressman Lou Correa has displayed one of the Congressional Student Art Competition entries in his district, of the Statue of Liberty, depicted in a green burka. This depiction is on the wall in the entrance area of his district office. Concerned citizens are disappointed that a United States congressman is displaying this artistic distortion of the Statue of Liberty in the reception entrance of the office – the office of the people. CONSTITUENTS HAVE CONTACTED THE DISTRICT OFFICE & HAVE REQUESTED THAT THE ARTWORK BE REMOVED. Video by Robin Hvidston, We The People Rising
Here is the video of the group confronting the lawmaker in his office and discussing the painting.
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