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In a clandestine operation, an 18-foot-tall statue ostensibly celebrating abortion and honoring Deceased US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was surreptitiously brought to the University of Houston main campus under the cover of night last Thursday, ahead of its scheduled installation on February 28th. The move, perceived by many as an attempt to preempt potential protests, has ignited a firestorm of controversy within the community. Harris County Citizens Defending Freedom (CDF) joins the chorus of voices expressing shock and dismay at the news of a commemoration set to appear at the University of Houston. The statue, named “Witness,” is set to be displayed from February 28 to October 31. Its depiction of a naked woman with goat horns for hair and tentacles for arms, adorned with a lace collar around the neck has sparked widespread outrage within the community.

The figure’s features, as noted by author Jonathan Cahn in Texas ScoreCard, bear resemblance to the pagan demon Ashteroth, associated with love, war, and destruction. Dr. Maria C. Gaztambide, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Public Art at the University of Houston, praised the decision to host the statue, citing its representation of justice across cultures and genders. However, many view the statue’s presence as an affront to their values and beliefs. “There’s nothing healing about this. This is just further destruction and division,” said CDF Harris County Executive Director Stephanie Holderfield.

CDF is organizing a prayer vigil on February 26, 2024, at 11 am by the statue, calling for unity and advocacy in defense of community values. For more information on the vigil email Holderfield at [email protected].


Voicing their concerns, members of the community recently held a prayer vigil on February 13th at the Cullen Family Plaza, expressing their opposition to the installation and upholding the values of our community.


Timon Cline, editor-in-chief of the Christian magazine American Reformer, voiced a sentiment shared by many in an interview with the Dallas Express, stating, “The intended message of the Medusa statue is clear: state-sanctioned, taxpayer-funded paganism. Now, this message is, apparently, on a national tour. It is no coincidence that just as testaments to our national history, a Christian history, are being reviled and quite literally demolished, monuments to the successor religion are being promoted. Heroes are being displaced by mythological monsters.”


In response to the installation, concerned citizens are urged to contact the University of Houston’s board of regents at (832) 824-3444 or via e-mail at [email protected] to express their objections.


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Author: Press Release


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