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by Buddha Vacana
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Hot Topics (News)
Topic: Islamophobia - A nonsense term?
Replies: 40
Views: 675

Re: Islamophobia - A nonsense term?

I don't understand why you're thinking all Muslims are to be feared just because some are terrorists is rational. Some minorities are criminals, so lets fear ALL minorities. Not Rational. Some white guys are White supremacists so lets fear ALL white guys. Not Rational. Some dogs bite, so lets fear ...
by Buddha Vacana
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Hot Topics (News)
Topic: Islamophobia - A nonsense term?
Replies: 40
Views: 675

Re: Islamophobia - A nonsense term?

hi clw_uk, You are here on a Buddhist forum explaining how you fear Islam and how that should be recognized as acceptable . I see some contradiction here. What are the four causes of harmful deeds? Going astray through desire, hatred, delusion, or fear , the noble disciple does harmful deeds. http:/...
by Buddha Vacana
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Hot Topics (News)
Topic: Islamophobia - A nonsense term?
Replies: 40
Views: 675

Re: Islamophobia - A nonsense term?

So, I am going to provide again definitions of the terms from mainstream dictionaries: Phobia as a word Merriam-Webster : an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation Oxford dictionary : An extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to ...
by Buddha Vacana
Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Hot Topics (News)
Topic: Islamophobia - A nonsense term?
Replies: 40
Views: 675

Re: Islamophobia - A nonsense term?

That's opposition. I'm not seeing a phobia. Because apparently, you don't know what islamophoba means You see the same stuff from new-atheists in relation to Christianity. Is that "Christianphobic"? Of course, yes. Once again, a rational fear is by definition not a phobia 1. Can you please do me a ...
by Buddha Vacana
Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: Hot Topics (News)
Topic: Islamophobia - A nonsense term?
Replies: 40
Views: 675

Re: Islamophobia - A nonsense term?

I am pretty sure islamophobia is real and it looks like this:

[Multiple pictures of anti-Islamic protest removed]
by Buddha Vacana
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2017
Replies: 434
Views: 12734

Re: POTUS 2017

Hi cjmacie, How are you today? Practiced some Metta, by any chance? Your persistent aggressiveness never ceases to surprise me. ... thinly veiled support and they are not difficult to come by... Oh, so it's not that explicit? Have I ever said it was explicit? Scroll up and look at the expression I u...
by Buddha Vacana
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2017
Replies: 434
Views: 12734

Re: POTUS 2017

...Anyway, of much greater concern is Trump administration's agitation for nuclear warfare, with backing from the war industry and the mainstream media. Any documentation for this assertion? (Other than partisan commentators.) Is there even anything controversial here? Articles from all sides of th...
by Buddha Vacana
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the Buddha's teaching a form of conservatism?
Replies: 93
Views: 1331

Re: Is the Buddha's teaching a form of conservatism?

P.A.Payutto's text "A Constitituion For Living" contains certain extracts that pertain to the roles of governance... here's some that may be of interest. This scholar is an excellent reference for Dhamma-friendly takes on societal issues. Thank you for the digging. I'd be interested in how people s...
by Buddha Vacana
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: How Dhamma-friendly is modern libertarianism?
Replies: 68
Views: 1128

Re: How Dhamma-friendly is modern libertarianism?

This is Noam Chomskys take: Here (in the US) a libertarian means an extreme advocate of total tyranny. It means power ought to be given into the hands of private, unaccountable tyrannies. Even worse than state tyrannies, because there the public has some kind of role. The corporate system, especiall...
by Buddha Vacana
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: How Dhamma-friendly is modern libertarianism?
Replies: 68
Views: 1128

Re: How Dhamma-friendly is modern libertarianism?

I was thinking of the modern popular brand that's about being anti-war and in favor of maximum individual liberty, minimum government, laissez-faire capitalism, regarding Milton Friedman as a hero, promoting the resort to private charities rather than public organisations, considering tax collection...
by Buddha Vacana
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: How Dhamma-friendly is modern libertarianism?
Replies: 68
Views: 1128

How Dhamma-friendly is modern libertarianism?

The title says it all:

How Dhamma-friendly is modern libertarianism?
by Buddha Vacana
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the Buddha's teaching a form of conservatism?
Replies: 93
Views: 1331

Re: Is the Buddha's teaching a form of conservatism?

davidbrainerd wrote: Would Buddha work in an abortion clinic?
Certainly not. The point being...?
by Buddha Vacana
Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Victims of Capitalism.
Replies: 83
Views: 2084

Re: Victims of Capitalism.

No matter who reports it, the only question is: are those people actually getting exploited in a capitalist-friendly way? If that is the case, Al jazeera's reporting is worth anybody else's especially if no mainstream media in the US is going to tackle the issue properly.
by Buddha Vacana
Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 309
Views: 9969

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

chownah wrote:maybe it is a platform of people who support free speech and some white nationalists want to use it as a way to make people think that they are more moderate than they really are.
That is indeed what Mr Man's link suggests
by Buddha Vacana
Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the Buddha's teaching a form of conservatism?
Replies: 93
Views: 1331

Re: Is the Dhamma a form of conservatism?

One might wonder though why the Buddha spoke up against... the caste system... Please provide some sutta quotes to support his view. Thanks I suggest you do the digging. It's not difficult. but not against slavery? Please provide some sutta quotes to support his view that the Buddha approved of sla...
by Buddha Vacana
Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Convertion of muslims
Replies: 46
Views: 1185

Re: Convertion of muslims

As for 'tolerance', this is contrary to the five precepts. 'Tolerance' is a practise for individual reformation or liberation but not really a political value. Society does not 'tolerate' murderers, thieves, rapists, drug dealers & other criminals. We are talking about tolerating people with differ...
by Buddha Vacana
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the Buddha's teaching a form of conservatism?
Replies: 93
Views: 1331

Re: Is the Dhamma a form of conservatism?

In my opinion, the Dhamma will seek to retain elements of the culture that are conducive to liberation, which can be seen as a conservative attitude while using the already existing culture to introduce new elements that are essential or sometimes simply useful for liberation. One might wonder thoug...
by Buddha Vacana
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the Buddha's teaching a form of conservatism?
Replies: 93
Views: 1331

Is the Buddha's teaching a form of conservatism?

DooDoot wrote:Buddhism ... as a path of practise is obviously 'conservative'. Five, eight, ten, 227 precepts and 10 or 37 wholesome kammas are obviously 'conservative'. Funny & strange the things Western Buddhists are cheer-leading for these days.
What do you guys think?
by Buddha Vacana
Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 309
Views: 9969

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

Why is this not even susprising?