I don't think that's so absurd. The words above Lincoln's head in his memorial read:
In this temple as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined foreverThe language is pretty clear. The memorial is a "temple." His memory is "enshrined" within. So when I feel that the swarming crowds around Lincoln, or elsewhere on the mall, don't treat the place with proper respect--really, that they're blaspheming(!)--am I wrong? Probably I am.
Today we're going to see an exhibit about art during the Civil War. Maybe we'll cruise by the capitol dome to see if the anti-circumcision protesters I saw yesterday are still there.