Overland Park Christians Weary Of Your Non-Christian Religions Continued Dominance Of American Zoo Decor « State of the Line Geez, will Christians ever catch a break? Isnt it bad enough that their faith is totally ignored by mainstream American society? Or that their holidays are never cause for celebration in this country? Ridiculous. Well, score another point for religions that arent based on talking snakes or underperforming carpenters: the Kansas City Zoo has found itself smack in the middle of a good ol fashioned interfaith donnybrook. It seems that the Zoo, in selecting the accoutrements for its Asian-themed Tiger Trail, made the incendiary choice of selecting two Buddha figures to grace the entrance. And my oh my, has this ever angered Overland Park resident and Mouthpiece Of The Lord David Engle. Mr. Engle was visiting the Zoo with his family recently when, to his horror, he gazed upon heathen zoo visitors daring to rub the belly of an Eastern idol. And then Jesus wept, and Mr. Engle somehow knew all about it. David Engle said he felt a chill down his spine Sunday on a visit with his family to the Kansas City Zoo. He could hardly believe it when he saw zoo visitors rubbing the heads and bellies of two large, smiling statues of Buddha at the entrance to the Tiger Trail area. We cant have a cross or a nativity scene on public property, said Engle of Overland Park, who complained to a zoo employee. It is phenomenal to me that the zoo would put up Buddha statues. (Hey genius, the zoo is not government property, so you have no right to complain) Engle, who said he and his family are Christians, said it was idolatry and infuriating to God. Yes, you read that correctly: infuriating to God. Sigh. Where to begin? With Mr. Engles presumption that he is connected to the Supreme Beings innermost thoughts? With the assumption that god would care in the slightest about this? With the amazingly disproportionate response to a simple decoration? No, how about we take this path: where did this woe-is-me attitude of persecution come from? Look, followers of the Christian faith: were very sorry, but the minute Pope Leo III placed a crown on Charlemagnes head you lost your claim to the title of persecution. Do you think that Mr. Engle ever stopped to think, in the midst of his seething fury, why his children didnt go to school on December 25? Or what book President-elect Obama will be placing his hand on in six days? Time to give it a rest. Think of the Buddha statues as providers of much-needed diversity in religious education for the children of Kansas City. And please take a break from being outraged at every perceived slight of your faith not everyone believes your particular set of myths.