"The sin was not born on the day when Eve plucked an apple: on that day a beautiful virtue called disobedience was born." (Oriana Fallaci, Letter to a Never Born Child, 1975). Since it is people's faith to make relics true, among many others, this relic may well be there too, reminiscent of the snake that has given us a wonderful human virtue: disobedience.
Religious symbols and rituals include “sacred taboos” which are untouchable. Can a modern society accept a desecrating act?