...and I HAVE read the thread carefully.
I understand that it revolves around whether one should keep these idols or destroy them.
"So what we are really talking about is being respectful of a venerable person, Saintly by all accounts, who predated Christ and whose teachings are laudable by any and all standards. Plus, we are certainly not discussing worship of statues of him but rather how to dispose of them. I vote for being respectful and avoiding triumphalism and arrogance... You do whatever you want. "
I don't have to "do" anything, because there's no way a statue of Buddha would be in my house in the first place.
However, if it were, I would throw it in the trash and not think about it twice. I would not be offending local Buddhists, because they would know nothing about it. It wouldn't be a display of triumph as you seem to think, it would simply be housecleaning.
If I think it improper to pray before a statue of Buddha, how would I in good conscience donate it or gift it (local temple or Salvation Army) knowing that someone else would be praying before it? Seriously.
If I had fireworks in my house, and was afraid they would cause me harm because they were old and unstable.....would I, out of respect for the fireworks makers and others, donate these same fireworks to the city, perhaps to be used in the local fireworks display....knowing full well that someone might get hurt if they use them? No.
If it's not safe for me, it's not safe for others. ...and exactly OUT OF RESPECT for others, and for their souls, I would destroy that statue of Buddha, rather than send it in to the world to hurt others.
...but, that's just me. You go right ahead and do what you like. (Now, I am being snarky.)