A painting hanging in U.S. Rep. Lou Correa‘s Santa Ana, California, office depicting Lady Liberty adorned in a hijab is creating controversy, with a group calling for its removal.
…a call that is falling on deaf ears.
Following the left’s much ballyhooed premise of separation of church and state, Mike McGertrick, an activist with We the People Rising, says Correa should not be pushing a religion.
“It’s a bad example for our congressman,” McGertrick told The Register. “He shouldn’t have anything religious in his office.”
“I would like to see our Congress people be right-down-the-line patriotic.”
Applying a double standard expected of the left, the California Democrat doubled down on his stance — he said the House Office of Legislative Counsel told him there was no legal issue.
“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 Register via phone. “That’s what it says to me.”
The lawmaker fell back on the argument that the drawing is part of an art competition among high school students, calling to mind an offensive painting depicting police as pigs that was removed from the U.S. Capitol complex.
“This is an art competition for our high school students,” Correa explained. “I want our students to express themselves through art. To take it down would signal that this is not welcome and that would send the wrong message.”
We The People posted a video on YouTube of a visit to Correa’s office to request that the painting be taken down, which can be seen below: