Why Isn't Anyone Trying to Convince Us to Be More Tolerant of Buddhists?

Saturday

If some of your friends or family are still reluctant to believe a religion could actually promote hatred or intolerance or violence, ask them some questions. Don't try to get them to answer the questions. Just ask them to think about or wonder about this:

Why do we have so many problems with Muslims but not Buddhists? Why are we constantly urged to tolerate and co-exist with Muslims but not Buddhists? Western culture isn't more similar to Buddhism than Islam. So why doesn't anybody feel the need to convince us to tolerate Buddhists?

Could it be that the tenets of the religions themselves are dramatically different?

I like to use Buddhism for comparison because if you are in a Western country and talk about Christianity or Judaism, it doesn't work as an example, because most people consider Western culture to be a "Judeo-Christian" culture. Buddhism is outside of the normal biases, so can be used as a good comparison.

15 comments:

Damien 8:18 PM  

Citizen Warrior,

The simple answer is that we (westerners) are already pretty tolerant of Buddhists, and there are almost no Buddhists who are trying to force their religion down our throats, and turn the world into a Buddhist theocracy. People in the West in general do not feel threatened by Buddhists, and wide spread fear of Buddhist terrorism, would clearly be unfounded.

Also many in the west, unfortunately are unwilling to deal with the nature of Islamic terrorism.

Citizen Warrior 11:03 PM  

Yes, Damien. That is the conclusion this question will help sink deep into our friends' understanding of the situation. They can start to notice that whenever we are being persuaded to co-exist, it is about Islam. Truly peaceful religions have no need to convince anyone to tolerate them in an open society.

Sometimes the thing that changes peoples' minds about Islam is a simple question like this. It starts a chain of observations and recollections and deductions that can allow them on their own to realize Islam is different than most other religions in important ways.

Anonymous 7:36 AM  

Hi Citizen Warrior, this is really a great question to ask!!!

Most of us who are concerned about the violence inherent in Islam would only be too happy to have buddhist, taoist, hindu, jain, sikh etc shrines and temples anywhere and everywhere.

So we are not bigots or racists at all ... just people who are not prepared to lose our freedom to an imperialistic and supremacist Islam.

Anonymous 8:54 AM  

Do buddhists say this?

http://weaselzippers.us/2011/08/07/london-islamist-david-cameron-will-get-on-his-hands-and-knees-and-pay-us-the-jizya-tax-queen-elizabeth-and-the-whore-kate-middleton-will-wear-the-niqab/

"... we are the ones who want to work for the sake of Allah, to establish the manifestation of Islam, and make sure that David Cameron comes on his hands and knees, and give us the jiziya – yeah, that’s right – and cover up all the women and put a niqab on their faces, including Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton, the whore, the fornicator."

The only thing more bizarre is the silence and moral cowardice of The Western Lemmings - PCs and The Left!

Anonymous 11:04 AM  

Buddhist doctrine is non-violent.

Whereas, when the Ottoman Empire performed genocide against Armenians, Greeks and other non-muslims its actions were justifiable in terms of the Koran.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/08/the_jihad_against_the_armenian_assyrian_and_greek_christians.html

Hence the Turks & Kurds were only behaving as good muslims subjugating the infidels.

No need for anyone to convince us to be more tolerant to Buddhists!

(PS Unlike the Turks & Kurds who were acting as good muslims, the acts of the Japanese of World War 2 were not consistent with Buddhist doctrine).

Anonymous 11:15 AM  

On the genocide performed by the Islamic Turks in the World War 1 era I should have highlighted the passage:

"The Christian population in Turkey today is less than 1%. Before World War I, Turkey was 33% Christian. Today, fewer than 10,000 Assyrians, 60,000 Armenians and 2,000 Greeks live in Turkey. Turkey has been allowed to avoid punishment and has kept the spoils of the victims of its mass genocide."

Persecution of Christians continued after the birth of the State of Israel!

It makes the Palestinian issue pale into insignificance!

Even Robert Fisk has taken the Turks to task for their unacknowledged genocide!

Being tolerant of Buddhists is no challenge!

Randy H 11:25 AM  

We have to constantly be reminded to be "tolerant" of Muslims (by the left, including the mainstream media) because now that the Soviet Union is gone they are in love with the "new" totalitarians who wish to destroy us. They preached the same nonsense during the Cold War. Basically that we should lay down and be conquered without a fight. If Muslims weren't constantly committing violent acts and were peaceful, like Buddhists, we wouldn't need to be reminded how "peaceful" Islam "is".

Anonymous 12:31 AM  

Would a Buddhist say this?:

"The spokesman for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, which portrays itself as a moderate Islamic movement, has called for execution and hand amputations if the Mubaraks are found guilty of murder and corruption.

“If a man has stolen millions of the state’s money, the penalty is that I must cut off his hand,” said Mahmoud Ghuzlan, a professor of biochemistry at Zagazig University. “There is no argument. These are God’s words.”
"

http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2003/01/news-feed-20110808.html#84636

A professor of biochemistry demanding AMPUTATIONS, never mind a spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood!?

Not even science can overcome the Poison of Islam.

Anonymous 5:10 AM  

Would Buddhists threaten to impose stoning and amputations as 'punishment' for 'immoral' behaviour - in London, the UK and Europe:

http://www.therightscoop.com/muslims-ready-to-enforce-sharia-law-in-london/

Wow!

The Western Lemmings (PCs and The Left) are dragging us over the abyss in their self-genocidal irrationality.

Anonymous 2:24 PM  

Buddhists do not do "wala wa bara"!

Raymond Ibrahim's article below explains what this is in full:

http://www.aina.org/news/2011089044705.htm

"Built atop numerous Koran verses and backed by Sharia, wala requires Muslims to be loyal to fellow Muslims ... bara, requires Muslims to disassociate themselves from non-Muslims--to have enmity for and be disloyal to them"

Anonymous 11:41 AM  

Buddhists do not do this either:

"Muslim Extremists in India Attack, Threaten Christian Women Convert from Islam, others threatened with burning."

http://www.christianpost.com/news/muslim-extremists-in-india-attack-threaten-christian-women-53500/

Anonymous 10:59 PM  

Islam is a totalitarian ideologie with some religious aspects ro it. I can't pretend otherwise.

Anonymous 8:11 AM  

The latest suicide bombing of the UN in Nigeria by Islamists is just further evidence as to why no one is trying to convince us to be more tolerant of Buddhists:

http://blogs.voanews.com/breaking-news/2011/08/26/10-killed-in-bomb-blast-at-un-building-in-nigerian-capital-2/

Pray Hard 9:03 AM  

Slightly oblique to the topic, but one thing some Buddhists understood/stand, at least as the legend goes, is that one can be peaceful internally, but such has nothing to do with the outside world and the way to remain at peace with oneself is to be so highly trained that one can defend oneself and others and prevail so well that one doesn't even have to be attached to the violence such requires at times.

Robandrews33304 12:09 PM  

There's two meanings to the word 'tolerate'. There's to accept; but another meaning is to 'put-up-with'. As in the sentence:
"You have to tolerate a tooth-ache until you get to the dentist". Doesn't mean i accept it!

It's also said that Muslims,'tolerate other religions'...Well I don't want to live in a society where a segmemt of the population thinks of me as,someting to be put-up-with.

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