BAKERSFIELD, California (KGET) – As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, otherwise known as ISIS, continues to terrorize the Middle East, a California woman says she’s facing backlash of their ruthless actions.
That’s because her name is Isis Lawson.
“Before all of the terrorist group thing started it was a positive conversation starter,” Lawson says.
Media outlets around the world widely report and use the acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the terrorist group that has videotaped beheadings for ransom, including two U.S. journalists.
In no way connected, Isis Lawson says negative feelings toward the terrorists have led to hurtful comments from strangers, especially at her work. She’s employed at a large retailer where she wears a name tag customers can see.
“They’ll be passing by and they’ll catch a glimpse and they’ll stop and like laugh or they’ll actually come up to me because they glanced at my name. People say you should change your name and I say no actually. I’m not going to change my name. I have the right to have this name. It was given to me I know what it stands for and it doesn’t stand for terrorism,” said Isis Lawson.
A Google search for Isis turns up first, news stories about the terror group.Then, three down is Wikipedia’s definition, and Isis Lawson’s namesake.
“Actually it’s an ancient Egyptian name. It’s a name of an Egyptian goddess. Even Cleopatra had an alter for her,” said Isis Lawson.
Isis is the Egyptian goddess of health, marriage, and love.
She’s the opposite of the acts of violence, cruelty, and hatred the self proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria carry out and that are reported on daily.
Now, Isis Lawson would like the world to know the real meaning of her name, that there is no connection and keep the comments, even thoughts quiet.
“I’m not the only one with this name. There’s other women out there and girls that have the name. And, it’s not fair to them and myself,” said Isis Lawson.
Isis says her employer has been supportive and given her the option to change her name on her nametag. She says she chose not to because she’s proud of it.