It’s easy to be offended by this if one remembers the U.S. as it was before “political correctness” became the state religion, in which all beliefs other than Christianity are honored.
But the day is not far off when Saudi Arabia will be wanting to finance massive Islamic displays and monuments, and will we then feel differently about all of this?
Same thing with prayer in school. I was in public school back when mainline protestantism was practically the state religion, with readings from the King James in home room, and assemblies at which preachers preached. Though I was Catholic, I took no offense at it. Would I feel the same if kids in home room were all obliged to bow to Mecca, or perhaps say some devotional thing to a Wiccan “Moon goddess”?
This is not the end of what we’re going to see. Not by a long way. Time–honored monuments are one thing, but on an ongoing basis, are we perhaps someday going to look back and think maybe banning of religion-specific public monuments was not such a bad idea?