Should a statue of Buddha sit on the mantle?

Not too long ago, while on vacation, my wife picked up a small Buddha statue as an ornament and likes to leave it on the mantlepiece in our living room. I would rather not see it but she wants it and claims it is just for ornamental purposes. Is there a problem with this?

There is nothing wrong with collecting artifacts from other religions, so long as they are not used for non-Christian religious purposes. But there is a problem with disturbing the spiritual peace of one’s husband and possibly scandalizing visitors who may not realize that the piece is ornamental. For those reasons, I recommend that your wife move the Buddha statue to a more private area of your home, such as a shadowbox full of knickknacks or to her private space (e.g., desk, nightstand, dresser, etc.)

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