Democratic Congressman Luis Correa of California has hung a painting on his office wall depicting the Statue of Liberty dressed in a hijab.
Rep. Correa (D-CA) said in a statement that the image represents “a young Muslim lady who is trying very hard to be part of America, who is trying very hard to show people that she is an American”.
The artwork drew the ire of local campaigners We The People Rising who said: “He shouldn’t have anything religious in his office. … I would like to see our Congress people be right-down-the-line patriotic.”
Rep. Correa may not realize, but Lady Liberty was actually fashioned on an Egyptian woman in the 1850s. And guess what? She has no hijab.
And since we have mentioned Gamal Nasser, it is worth noting the former Egyptian leader is commonly remembered for his rejection of a Muslim Brotherhood demand for all women to cover up with a veil. In this video, he and his colleagues laugh at the idea, with one audience member shouting his recommendation for the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood: “Let him wear it!”
Indeed mass rejections of the veil have been seen across the Muslim world and still are. For Rep. Correa to blindly associate it with young Muslim women without an acknowledgement of the coercive factors as well as oppressive elements is wholly morally and historically bankrupt. It also flies in the face of the progressive agendas of the likes of Pasha. So much for the Democrat Party being of the progressive left.
We haven’t even mentioned the 100,000 Iranian women who protested against the hijab in 1979.
What about the women in Syria who this year celebrated their liberation from the Islamic State by pulling their burkas and niqabs off their heads and attempting to set fire to them?
I suppose one shouldn’t be surprised about Rep. Correa, given the Democrat Party’s recent fealty to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), and other Islamic groups.
— Raheem 🇬🇧 (@RaheemKassam) August 8, 2017