The University of Houston plans to install a horrific pro-abortion “art” display on campus called Havah… to breath, air, life. Scheduled to open on February 28, the exhibit includes a satanic-looking statue named Witness by Shahzia Sikander of New York City.
Exporting New York Liberalism
The same statue of a naked woman with demonic goat horns made headlines when it was first installed in Madison Square Park in 2023. New Yorkers were appalled by a similar sculpture by the same author, which was displayed atop the New York City State Courthouse.
But now, the University of Houston plans to import and exhibit the same statue on Cullen Family Plaza from February 28 until October 2024. Public Art University of Houston System co-commissioned the statue with Madison Square Park Conservancy.
The symbolism of Witness is immoral and blasphemous.
Around the neck of the statue is a lace judicial collar in memory of the pro-abortion Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. According to Sikander, “The luminous figure is a nod to Ruth Bader Ginsburg… With Ginsburg’s death and the reversal of Roe [v. Wade], there was a setback to women’s constitutional progress.”
Sikander, who wants her statue to advance the culture of death, writes: “The recent focus on reproductive rights in the United States after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 decision of Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion, comes to the forefront.” She also praises abortion advocates who are “collectively fighting for their right to their own bodies over generations.”
Furthermore, the art exhibit promotes revolt against God. Havah means Eve in Arabic, and Sikander celebrates Eve not as a penitent Saint but as “the first law-breaker.”
The monstrous 18-foot tall statue is a dull gold, naked female figure with tentacles for arms and feet. Curled ram horns crown the statue’s androgynous head, which gives the statue a satanic appearance. A transparent hoop skirt with psychedelic swirls suspends the torso, making it appear to float above the ground.
This imagery prompted NYC councilwoman Vickie Paladino to call the statue a “satanic golden medusa demon.”
The curled ram horns resemble the demonic Baphomet. Sikander says these horns represent “sovereignty” and “autonomy.”
When Sikander’s statues were unveiled in January of 2023, social media erupted with comments against them. “Bizarre resemblance to Satanic imagery,” posted Mary Olohan. “It literally looks like a demon,” added Amanda Ensing. “It is designed to unsettle and spread ugliness,” said Christopher Bedford.
One of Sikander’s goals with the statue is to destroy tradition. “I have always had an affinity for the anti-monument in my practice. My work engages the past without glorifying it, and doesn’t lay claim to grandiosity.”
The statue breaks notions of true artistic beauty and embraces the revolting, satanic, and absurd. It can be defined as a cry of revolt against God and beauty. It is an anti-monument of the abortion movement: pagan, sensual, and satanic-looking – a type of Moloch.
Does It Belong on Campus?
Does this statue Witness belong at the University of Houston, a public institution of higher learning? Absolutely not. It celebrates the culture of death, its author extols law-breaking, and its imagery radiates Satanism. Therefore, it is incompatible with the moral values of one nation under God. Texas is not New York City.
Tell the University of Houston to keep the satanic-looking abortion statue off campus.
Please be polite yet firm in your communications:
Mrs. Renu Khator
President, University of Houston
4302 University Dr. (RM 212)
Houston, TX 77204-2018
Email: [email protected]