Q: Why did the Taliban dynamite the ancient Bamiyan Buddhas?
A: According to Taliban Mullah Omar, they were idols that offended God.
Now an Overland Park, Kansas Christian, David Engle, has determined that the Buddhas in front of the Asian exhibits at the Kansas City zoo are likewise "idolatry" that are "infuriating to God."
One wonders why the statues have heretofore escaped the notice of such a furious all-powerful deity.
According to Mr. Engle, not all idolatry is bad. Just the kind he disapproves of. "We can’t have a cross or a nativity scene on public property. It is phenomenal to me that the zoo would put up Buddha statues."
Well, Dave, you can have a cross or nativity scene on public property.
You can also have your belief in God professed on your money, in the Pledge of Allegiance, in court-administered oaths, and in prayers said before the assembly of legislative bodies and at presidential inaugurals. You can have Bible quotations engraved on the sides of government buildings, too.
Because you can have all that, there can also be little Buddha statues outside the Asian exhibit at the zoo. They are decorative and not intended to promote religion.