Sunday, July 10, 2011

Religious Freedom in China, Reaching a New High

Only a state which is run by a secluded gerontocracy with no external constraint on them can come up with this kind of insanity. From an article in the Sunday Times:
Tibet’s living Buddhas have been banned from reincarnation without permission from China’s atheist leaders. The ban is included in new rules intended to assert Beijing’s authority over Tibet’s restive and deeply Buddhist people.

“The so-called reincarnated living Buddha without government approval is illegal and invalid,” according to the order, which comes into effect on September 1.
It is good to know that China's leaders can so elegantly do two things:
  1. Show a complete disregard for the laws of nature and the laws of logic by supposing that they can "pass laws" to control reincarnation (something that doesn't happen if you are a non-beliver and which can't be stopped by government decree if you are a believer).

  2. Show a complete disregard for human rights and religious freedoms. They are showing that Maoist "thought control" and repression are still preferred governing techniques in China.

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