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1/7/2010 9:11:00 AM
Letter: The Mago statue is a pagan idol


We can call it art, or a tourist attraction, a blight on the landscape or a zoning violation, but what it boils down to is this -- the Mago statue is a pagan idol.

It tempts Christians to un-Christian acts of anger, pride and self-righteousness, and everyone else to idolatry and worship of false gods. (I would include rejoicing over potential tourist dollars in that worship.)

About the best thing I can say for it is that it should compel us all to really examine our consciences, and consider what we really believe.

Desiree Valenzuela


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2010
Article comment by: The true purpose of MAGO

No, the statue is not a pagan idol. It is a beacon. There is a high frequency antenna inside broadcasting coordinates into space to guide the soon to arrive alien invaders. MAGO stands for Multi-Alien Galactic Outpost, which is what the Verde Valley will become once the UFOs arrive. What? You don't believe it? Wait and see.

Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2010
Article comment by: yikes!

This is the absolutely worst and most religio-centric argument I've seen against the statue!

Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2010
Article comment by: Carl Nye - Jerome

So what if it is a pagan idol? So what if it tempts Christians (how, exactly)? This should result in you reaffirming your faith and resisting the temptation. That's a good thing. You can't learn to resist temptation if there are no temptations for you to encounter. So you should be thankful it is there. However, despite some people's attempt to make the Mago statue a religious issue, the real problems are zoning violations, as other writers have correctly pointed out.

Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2010
Article comment by: Zoning violation

I believe it's a zoning violation - and a very big one.

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