If Hindus get the elephant exhibit, can’t we Christians get the donkey exhibit?

Posted: October 7, 2009 in Above the Fold
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Religion and animals. They have been intertwined since the beginning of time.

  • Noah had the ark, and all the animals two-by-two
  • Muslims abstain from swine
  • Mayans have a movie coming out about Quetzalcoatl
  • Mythological creatures are typically morphed humans and horses or whatever
  • Treatment of animals is holy writ according to Judaic law
  • And then there are Hindus who give a new meaning to “Holy Cow”

Looks like something from a Disney movie really

Looks like something from a Disney movie really

Evidently, they are pretty sweet on elephants, at least according to this Christian group that has been picketing the Calgary (Alberta, Canada) Zoo.

The Calgary Zoo said it has no plans to remove a dancing elephant statue after a complaint from a Christian group that it’s an inappropriate religious icon.

A private donor gave the statue, modeled after the Hindu god Ganesh, to the zoo in 2006 to stand in front of the Asian elephant exhibit. As CBC News first reported, Concerned Christians Canada sent a letter raising its concerns that the statue was “selective religious partiality” to the zoo on Thursday.

MEMO to CCC: The ecumenical pachyderm here was donated to the zoo, and in lieu of the global economy, you think they are really going to give that up in account of, what did you call it again, “Selective religious partiality”? Uh, no.

“A lot of people are saying we’re being intolerant. I don’t consider asking that the zoo look at this from a balanced perspective being intolerant,” said national chairman Jim Blake on Friday.

What? You want a crucifix to dangle in the ape exhibit, as if to tell Charles Darwin where to stick it? Perhaps, a Bible in the snake exhibit with the tempting verse from Romans 16:20 that “the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” Great, but when that happens, watch out PETA because those will make some sweet boots. Just sayin’.

See here, the fallibility of this protest is most Christians will look at that cute elephant and think, “Aw, that’s cute.” They aren’t thinking, “I’ll bet that’s a surreptitious homage to Hinduism. I’m calling the manager.”

If you want to make a difference for Jesus, pick a cause everyone understands because right now you may as well be telling kids all over Canada that zoos are of the devil. And just how “concerning” is that?

  1. Bene D says:

    Operative word by Joe “modeled after.” The CCC is not known for picking realistic causes, they are known for false doctorates, and are far right even for our far right.

    The CCC knows little about the family which contributed this statue, doesn’t care what others think, isn’t a non-profit and has no problem making themselves appear as publicly fringe and attention seeking as they are.

    I suspect CCC is hurting financially and probably needed a stunt.
    I’m surprised the organization is still functioning, it’s localized and few Canadians support them.

    • hiscrivener says:

      Yeah, I was hoping you would respond to this one.

      I thought this was as much of a publicity stunt by the CCC more than anything. What’s a better way to kick off a fund raiser? Get in the news for free. Thanks for the insight.


  2. Joe Chavez says:

    It’s events like this that make me want to hit my head, Homer Simpson style, and say: “D’oh!”

    Come on, guys. Let’s not stoop to the ACLU’s level on this. Most people wouldn’t know that the elephant is modeled after Ganesh. Seriously.

    It’s not doing us any favors, this battle. We need to pick ’em properly (and rationally). This is not one we need to worry about.

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