“If only Uighurs were Buddhist”

Ed. Note: Was doing my usual morning news reading and found the following article. The article questions , like we’ve done here, the reasoning behind the international silence when it comes to Chinese violent repression of it’s people. Yeah you might hear a word or two from some world leaders saying how they think it is bad that this repression goes on, but never anything more harsh or confrontational. I agree wholeheartedly with the author of the article. We can’t bite the hand that feeds us all the cheap sh@t we sell in stores right?

From MetroNews

Pity the Uighurs — the wrong kind of minority fighting the wrong kind of enemy.

In China’s worst ethnic unrest in years, Uighurs took to the streets of Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang, on Sunday. They are believed to have been angered by government handling of a June clash between Han Chinese and Uighur factory workers in southern China, where two Uighurs died, news agencies reported.

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What the Middle East can learn from Southeast Asia

From Media For Freedom

An argument could be made that the Middle East, as the birthplace of the Abrahamic religions, is a centre of dialogue between Muslims and Christians. Where their holiest places of worship and pilgrimage exist, Muslims and Christians have provided models of historical co-existence and cooperation. But when there is tension, either for religious reasons or when sacred religious language and symbols are abused for more profane purposes, the Middle East has just as easily provided models of intolerance, and certainly of violent confrontation.

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Gandhiji laid stress on truth than on traditional practices: Thakur

From The Hindu

Mahatma Gandhi’s views on religion came under focus during a symposium organised by Sarvodaya International Trust and the Centre for Gandhian Studies here on Thursday.

Inaugurating the “Gandhi and Religious Freedom and Harmony Symposium,” Governor Rameshwar Thakur said Gandhiji’s fundamental contribution to religion was to give primacy to “truth” rather than conformity to traditional practices.

“He (Gandhiji) had declared that he would reject any religious doctrine that did not appeal to reason and was in conflict with morality,” Mr. Thakur said.

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Who is your God Reverend Arnold Conrad?

An open letter to Reverend Arnold Conrad

I ask you this sir, Who is your God? Because, although I am a Buddhist, I know the God you are trying to speak of would not condone the hate that spews forth from your forked tongue. The God you are invoking is a compassionate God who loves all beings on Earth regardless of race, religion, creed or sex. Like I said, I am no Christian but I am a person who believes we all have the same core values, regardless of what faith we choose to believe and practice.

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