The Hindu god Ganesh has come to Coeur d’Alene in northern Idaho. The idol is part of an art (and I use that word in the loosest possible sense) exhibit on public property in downtown Coeur d’Alene, created using taxpayer money by the local Art Council. There are a number of major problems with this. First of all, the idol itself is just plain hideous and an assault on aesthetics (see below).
But much more importantly, to erect such an idol is an act of direct rebellion against the one true God, to erect it in an area that is almost exclusively Christian is deeply insulting, and to use taxpayer money from these Christians to finance it is absolutely outrageous.
Thankfully, some people still have backbones in northern Idaho, and a small group of Christians associated with the local Constitution Party chapter indicated that they planned to protest the commencement ceremony of the “art” display. The media immediately jumped on this story, not to denounce the idolaters of course, but to attack the protesters. The protest went ahead as planned, and the leader of the protest wrote up a description of the protest and the events leading up to it, as well as a defense against the media attacks and slander. It is well worth the read: “Idolatry in America: A Response to the City Council, the Media, and Company.”