Members of Burma’s Buddhist majority, including some of its much-respected monks, are increasingly persecuting the country’s long-suffering Muslim minority and adopting an ideology that encourages religious violence. It seems a far way from the Buddhism typically associated with stoic monks and the Lama – who has condemned the violence – and more akin to the sectarian extremism prevalent in troubled corners of the Middle East. The violence has already left nearly 250 Burmese Muslim civilians dead, forced 150,000 from their homes and is getting worse.
“You can be full of kindness and love, but you cannot sleep next to a mad dog,” Ashin Wirathu, a spiritual leader of the movement and very popular figure in Burma, said of the country’s Muslims, whom he called “the enemy.” He told the New York Times, “I am proud to be called a radical Buddhist.”
Chris Paul @ChrisAPaul
Peaceful Buddhists beginning to look like that other "Religion of Peace". rare.us/story/angry-bu…Deirdre @deirdresm
Very sad. My hotel in Myanmar was very supportive of its Muslim guests, the rest of the country,not so much. rare.us/story/angry-bu…Scott Abell @ScottJaxFDPatty Hughes @oldcrow60Stella @ranchdancerTexas Bill @PMgeezer
"Angry Buddhists begin killing Muslims" rare.us/story/angry-bu…Sherron Capitano @sherroncapitanoTexas Bill @PMgeezer
"Angry Buddhists begin killing Muslims" rare.us/story/angry-bu…Terri @Diggin_Digital