There is a really active thread right now about removing religious items from sight when objecting family members come to visit. The consensus seems to be that guests do not have the right to complain about decor in another person’s home, and it’s incredibly poor taste to do so. I agree with that.
However, while reading the thread I thought of two situations I was in that dealt with a similar issue, although I was the guest and the “questionable material” was very different in nature.
One was several years ago before my husband and I were married. His roommate at the time displayed pornographic images in their apartment (today my husband would have put his foot down from the start about it, but that wasn’t his attitude back then.) Anyway, whenever the roommate was out and I would visit, my husband would turn the pictures around so they weren’t visible. One time the roommate came home before I left and my husband put the pictures back, and the roommate blew up at us (mostly me) because “I had no right to touch his belongings or say what was or was not OK to display in his home.” Same argument, but very different material. Thankfully, the roommate soon moved out (there were a lot of other issues), but until then I just quit going there and we would hang out elsewhere.
The other was a few weeks ago. We stayed with my parents for a little over a week and stayed in my sister’s room (she still lives at home.) Although I don’t think she actually practices any kind of occult religion, she had several items related to the occult in her room, including a large picture over the bed that invoked some kind of “sleep demon.” I was very uncomfortable with that image in particular and so put it in her closet while we were there. I did not say anything to her about it and don’t even know if she noticed (she slept in another room during our visit), but was it wrong to do what I did?
Although clearly there’s some other family dynamics at play in the other thread, I also can understand why some people would be very uncomfortable with displays of the crucifixion, especially the realistic ones. I probably wouldn’t display anything like that in my own home, although I have found such images moving.
I guess I am wondering if it matters what, exactly, a person displays in their home, if guests can say anything or not. I think my default would be to move anything seriously offensive out of sight at least while I was there, and then just avoid returning. I would probably NOT say something, unless there was some other opportunity to evangelize. If a person asked why I avoided visiting, I might admit my unease.