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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Buddhism too?
I guess it just goes to show, no religion is free of fundamentalist assholes.

The military regime in Burma is intent on wiping out Christianity in the country, according to claims in a secret document believed to have been leaked from a government ministry. Entitled "Programme to destroy the Christian religion in Burma", the incendiary memo contains point by point instructions on how to drive Christians out of the state.

The text, which opens with the line "There shall be no home where the Christian religion is practised", calls for anyone caught evangelising to be imprisoned. It advises: "The Christian religion is very gentle – identify and utilise its weakness."

Its discovery follows widespread reports of religious persecution, with churches burnt to the ground, Christians forced to convert to the state religion, Buddhism, and their children barred from school.

It kind of cracks me up that the whole "turn the other cheek" thing is backfiring on the Christians in this case since the persecutors seem intent on exploiting it.

I'm just amazed though. Buddhism? I didn't know they had it in them.

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Jessica Smith said...

if you're part of a religion that denies the value of mortal life, hoping instead for afterlife or ultimate non-existence, then it's easy to engage in war and go kill people. because they're not valuable, and neither are you; you're just a mortal vessel. buddhism is the same as all other religions in this way, if not more vehement about the lack of value in mortal life (than, say, christianity, where mortal life has some value, it's just not as valuable as eternal life).

and to irk your inner anti-hippie: this is why john lennon's song "imagine" is so great at the same time that its popularity is so ironic.

Life is suffering.

12:40 PM, January 23, 2007

Casmall said...

Sorry Rev-Buddism has been a defining element of the Sri Lankan civil war, one which has been running hot and cold our whole lives. Unfortunatly, both sides are far too brown to make the nightly news.

Although pacifists for the most part, I do remmember that Gengis Khan was said to employ a cohort of buddist worrior monks, which if just f-ing cool.

1:58 PM, January 23, 2007


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