A federal agency has removed a Buddhist display from the Petroglyph National Monument in New Mexico, citing establishment clause concerns at the display of religious icons on public land. A New Mexico public radio station reports:
The National Park Service said Monday that park service will remove the ten-foot structure containing Buddhist relics from the park this week after getting an opinion from the Department of Interior’s solicitor general. The solicitor general ruled last month that keeping the Buddhist stupa violates the Constitution on established religion.
But wait. The Supreme Court in 2010 said it was okay to have a giant Christian cross in the Mojave National Preserve, even one that was paid for and endorsed by Congress. And there’s still that cross at the Mt. Soledad site in California. And those memorial crosses in Utah. All of the religious right legal groups have argued strongly in favor of those sites being constitutional, so I’m sure they’ll be defending the Buddhist display too, right? Right? Yeah, I didn’t think so.