Man complains about Buddhas at Kansas City Zoo
The Kansas City Zoo gets a complaint about Buddha statues in an Asian-themed area.
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#1 Jan 19, 2009
Surely David Engle would agree that the Christian cross is not an idol but a symbol of Jesus' sacrifice. Neither are Buddhist images idols but symbols of different desirable "mind states" of a compassionate philosophy of life. Mr. Engle's misunderstanding is not uncommon but it is regrettable that Western cultures find it too easy to condemn without making the effort to understand.
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#2 Jan 19, 2009
It's decoration. Plain and simple. So should all Chinese, Japanese eateries take down their Buddha's? If we go by the ideals of a singular person complaining about it.....
I would think one would WANT the Buddha or Crucifix placed where it can be seen in public as it would prompt questions about what it is (by kids and young adults) vs. no discussion on theology.
#3 Feb 4, 2009
If you have a middle east display, would people object to a Star of David, the Islamic moon symbol, or a Cross? The zoo isd funded with public money. I see that as a problem. Asia is more than Budda.
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