Statue of Hindu god drawing complaints in Idaho

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COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A new public sculpture of the Hindu god Ganesha is drawing protests in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

The Kootenai County Constitution Party is urging Christians to protest the artwork, calling it an “abomination” approved by the “godless group of individuals” who manage the city’s public art program.

Local chairman Daniel Brannan said many party members believe only Christianity provides a world view “consistent with the framing of our Republic.”

Mayor Sandi Bloem said the statue is one of 14 new pieces of art being dedicated on Friday, and that many of those works depict different cultures.

The statue shows the Hindu god, who has four arms and an elephant’s head.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com