Phyllis Schlafly: "It's the Statue of Liberty, not the Statue of Immigration"

The conservative activist reminds us all about the name of a famous statue while also saying hateful things

By Katie McDonough

Published October 28, 2013 10:35PM (EDT)

Phyllis Schlafly
Phyllis Schlafly

"Phyllis Schlafly said something terrible about immigrants" could be a daily news item if people paid more attention to Phyllis Schlafly. Thankfully, most Americans pay very little attention to the conservative activist, except to occasionally take note of the hateful things she says before moving on to something else.

On Monday, Schlafly had this to say about the Statue of Liberty:

The Statue of Liberty is probably the most identifying symbol of America. It's almost like a religious shrine for Americans.


The Statue of Liberty memorializes the unique liberty we enjoy in America. It has nothing whatever to do with immigration. It's most unfortunate that people who had nothing to do with this great gift from the French were allowed to paste a plaque on the base of the Statue with a quotation that has misrepresented the Statue as an invitation to open immigration. The Statue has nothing to do with immigration.

Remember, it's the Statue of Liberty, not the Statue of Immigration.

Schlafly borrows from Ronald Reagan's remarks at the statue's centennial in an effort to bolster her point about it having nothing whatever to do with immigration, but conveniently left out the part of the speech in which Reagan asked, “Which of us does not think of other grandfathers and grandmothers, from so many places around the globe, for whom this statue was the first glimpse of America?”

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h/t Right Wing Watch

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Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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