CERN Tries to Defend Its Statue of Hindu God Shiva ‘The Destroyer’
With the larger profile came increasing public concern about the work CERN does, especially from conservative Christians who believe the scientists at CERN are "playing God." CERN has tried to allay these concerns, delivering the news that -- among other misconceptions -- the LHC is (sadly) not trying to "open a door to another dimension."
Suspicions persist, however. CERN recently found it prudent to answer a question about why it has a statue of the Hindu god Shiva, a complex deity sometimes characterized as "The Destroyer," on the premises. CERN answers that the Shiva statue was a gift from the Indian government, India being one of CERN's observer states along with Russia, Japan and the US.