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LETTERS

Poem on Statue of Liberty shouldn’t be construed as scripture

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Calvin Lacy

Thursday, September 5, 2019

It all began with CNN’s “Out Front” anchored by Erin Burnett accusing Ken Cuccinelli of changing the words on the Statue of Liberty’s poem. The look on her face and her pontificating style was that of a pompous hypocrite reciting scripture or the U.S. Constitution, neither of which the sonnet is. Acting Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services Cuccinelli, like the man he is, was having none of Burnett’s ignorant party-line ranting and rammed it back at her.

You would have thought Burnett was accusing Cuccinelli of blasphemy for paraphrasing the sonnet by Emma Lazarus, “The New Colossus,” as the statue was called. The words of Emma Lazarus are not scripture nor are they in the Constitution. They’re merely words of a do-gooder dreamer who never truly meant to inspire immigration to begin with. Sculptor Fredric Bartholdi never meant to inspire immigration; nor was it mentioned at its dedication in 1886.

Rather, the emphasis was on the notion that liberty would emanate outward from America. That’s why it’s called the Statue of Liberty, not immigration. Actually, Lazarus was asked to participate in fundraising to build the pedestal and the result was her inspiring poem.

So it’s OK to opine about the Statue Of Liberty and its poem any way you want. It’s not sacrilege. Don’t be too quick to buy into scripture to back some hypocrite’s spiel because any scripture can be made to fit any viewpoint. And it’s alright to fight immigration, too. It’s not 1886 anymore. American is locked into a pitched battle for its soul and its future. Only a fool would argue for open borders.

Calvin Lacy

Hertford

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