Sunday, June 05, 2005

Are these just theoretical questions?

Or does Mark Kleiman know of some religious group that actually means to remove sculptures from a historical landmark on the grounds that the sculptures are forbidden graven images? Sort of a la this

Of course I know the scenario in his hypothetical is hardly on the same scale as the Taliban Buddha destruction, and the two situations aren't perfectly analogous (theocratic government destroying landmark, versus nominally non-theocratic government declining to prevent private religious group from destroying landmark because the group is religious, though the landmark would be protected from destruction by any non-religious entity). Interesting questions, either way.


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