$400,000 of Our Money for Camel Statue in Pakistan
The State Department is planning to spend $400,000 in taxpayer funds to buy a sculpture for the new American embassy being built in Islamabad, Pakistan, according to contracting records.
The work, by noted American artist John Baldessari, depicts a life-size white camel made of fiberglass staring in puzzlement at the eye of an oversize shiny needle – a not-so-subtle play on the New Testament phrase about the difficulty the wealthy have in entering the kingdom of heaven.
Don’t worry, they aren’t being Christian or anything so politically incorrect. Most everything of any value in the Koran was recycled from the Bible; this includes the metaphor of the camel and the needle. A document explaining why our money should be wasted in this particular manner specifically states that “Public art which will be presented in the new embassy should reflect the values of a predominantly Islamist country.”
To put the sculpture’s price tag into a local perspective, the average yearly income in impoverished Pakistan is about $1,250 per year, according to the Agency for International Development.
The implication is that the Americans inside the embassy will not be going to heaven.
On a tip from Bill T. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.