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Burma Jails New Zealander for Insulting Buddhism
« on: March 18, 2015, 10:37:50 pm »
Burma Jails New Zealander for ‘Insulting Buddhism’ in Facebook Post

Two Burmese were also jailed in what critics deem the latest instance of spiraling religious intolerance in the Southeast Asian nation.

A Burmese court sentenced a New Zealand citizen and two Burmese nationals to 2½ years in prison with hard labor for posting a promotional advert on social media that depicted the Buddha wearing headphones.

State prosecutors claimed the image posted last year on the Facebook page of V Gastro bar, where Phil Blackwood worked as the general manager, was an insult to the Buddhist religion.

more here >>> http://time.com/3747187/burma-buddhism-new-zealand-phil-blackwood/

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Re: Burma Jails New Zealander for Insulting Buddhism
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2015, 05:49:48 am »

I'm sure my 2 cents worth of opinion on this makes no difference to anyone involved. I'd like to say, however,  that confining folks to jail for a disrespectful drawing is not in line with my understanding of the practice of Buddhism.

I've always felt drawn to the idea of being focused on one's own spiritual path rather than on conquering, torturing, enslaving, or legislating others into correct behavior.

Apparently the Burmese authorities feel differently.   

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Re: Burma Jails New Zealander for Insulting Buddhism
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2015, 09:26:05 am »
I wonder if they would have gotten away with using an image of Mahavira instead... some how I can see them locking up people even for that because the iconography is very similar:

https://www.google.com/search?q=mahavira&biw=1920&bih=911&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=B_cKVb6RJYvCggStmoSAAQ&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ#imgdii=_

 


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