In the latest twist in the ongoing Culture Wars, monuments and memorials have become the focus of a heated debate over free speech, revisionist history, and the legacy of race relations in the United States.

Early this morning it was discovered that an anonymous vandal had spray painted an offensive slogan on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

But as the images of the vandalism were splashed across Twitter and other media outlets, it became clear that the message was simply in the eyes of the beholder. Progressives and liberals interpreted the incomprehensible message as saying “F**k Islam,” while conservatives see it as saying “f**k law.” What this simple, anonymous act of vandalism means appears to be based purely off what type of outrage the observer wants to experience based on their own politics.

Few other messages so short, and so unintelligible, could reveal the state of our politics as a nation more than this one. Everything about the graffiti could be interpreted in completely different ways. Even the chosen location for the graffiti can be interpreted in wildly different ways. Lincoln was a hero to some in the North, a tyrant to some in the South. He was the freer of slaves to many, or a racist white man who only used the Emancipation Proclamation as a military tactic to win the war to others.