Burmese monk Wirathu is on the cover of July 2013 Time Maganzine. Wirathu has been leading a plot to ethnically cleanse the Rohingya people. The Rohingya people are Muslims. He has compared Muslims to “African carp” and has described them as “quick breeding and violent.” His speeches have been blamed for the rise of violence against the Rohingya people. In his recent sermon, he described the reported massacre of schoolchildren and other Muslim inhabitants in the central city of Meiktila in March, documented by a human rights group, as “a show of strength”
The Muslims are suffering. Please keep them in your duas(prayers).
I’ve mentioned this to people before and a lot of the time people are in disbelief that there are “militant” buddhists.
Others have insinuated that the muslims deserve this because of the numerous groups such as boko haram, the taliban, and al qaeda that target pretty much anyone who isn’t muslim
I guess it’s from people thinking that buddhism is entirely nonviolent and that the monks are these super calm individuals. Which is true, for the most part. Violence isn’t part of the buddhist religion, but violence really isn’t part of any of todays religions.
But put into a historical context, is didn’t matter what religion a person belonged to when they were seeking power. Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and so on.
Religion has power behind it. Not a spiritual power necessarily (that’s for you to decide) but more of a communal power. You could have all the differences in the world with a person but if you have the same spiritual beliefs then you have a common ground. When multiple people share the same idea there’s more opportunity to influence that group by appealing and supporting that idea. People become a collective consciousness and when there is someone spreading radical and hateful ideas in conjunction with appealing to the masses, terrible stuff can happen.
Now muslims don’t deserve this. No group deserves to be oppressed and “cleansed”. Those who perpetrate these heinous acts and hide behind religion to gain control of others are nothing but evil individuals and nothing more. They’re not martyers nor heroes, they’er just monsters.
I believe religion is one of the most beautiful things humanity has developed, but the rose is covered in thorns.