Can't think of any other reason liberals would be fuming so much at a church's replica of the Statue of Liberty with a cross in her hand, in of all places, the Bible Belt.
As the congregation of the World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church looked on and its pastor, Apostle Alton Williams, presided, a brown shroud much like a burqa was pulled away to reveal a giant statue of the Lady, but with the Ten Commandments under one arm and "Jehovah" inscribed on her crown.
And in place of a torch, she held aloft a large gold cross, as if to ward off the pawnshops, car dealerships and discount furniture outlets at the busy corner of Kirby Parkway and Winchester that is her home. A single tear graced her cheek.
It was not clear if she was crying because of her new home, her new identity as a symbol of religion or, as the pastor said, America's increasing godlessness.
But although big cheers went up from the few hundred onlookers at the unveiling, and some people even wore foam Lady Liberty crowns bearing Christian slogans, she was not universally welcomed.
Most of the customers at the Dixie Queen food counter near the church viewed the statue as a cheap bid for attention, said Guardia Nelson, 27, who works there.
"It's a big issue," 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," Martinez said. "It doesn't need to be used in a religious sense."Of course, for liberals "freedom of speech" only applies if it matches their warped world view. Anything else is "hate speech." How convenient. No wonder they don't occupy the White House, run Congress or run the Senate.