I was trying really hard to stay out of this discussion. I am just glad that mettafuture is able to say many of the things I want to say in a short, simple, truthful and composed manner.
I apreciate what you're doing, btw. I don't know if it will be better, the same, or worse for the situation in the long run: it's unpredictable, I think.
I have felt great shame reading in other forums that all religions are violent and that buddhists are no different, reading examples of violence. The only answer I could give them was "I dare you to look in the thousands and thousands of pages of the original buddhist scriptures and find incentives to lethal violence. If you want I'll save you the trouble. There are none that I'm aware of. There is a questionable (supposed) stance of the Buddha that a country can have an army for self defense purposes only. There is the "killing a monk in this doctrine and discipline", i.e., excomunication. And there is the symbolic kiling of mother, father, etc. in the dhammapada _ this symbolism is explained in the commentary. Monks cannot kill; cannot order to kill; cannot help in abortions; they can't even praise death, leading to destruction of a human life by suicide; this is automatic cause for expulsion from the monastic order for the rest of their lives." And I further said that Jains were even more radicaly pacifists than buddhists, so this is not a "My religion is the best and all others are worthless" kind of stance
Humans are humans everywhere. But social conditioning is very, very powerful. And cultures and religions are the main conditioners of a society. So I have to be tolerant of humans, but I don't have to be tolerant of all (sub)cultures, eg, I am not tolerant towards white supremacism. And I don't have to be tolerant towards all religions, eg, scientology. This last statement seems like a completely reasonable one for anyone who knows what scientology is. All I ask is for you to observe the reaction in your mind if I had substituted the word "scientology" with "islam" in the last sentence. And, in all complete honesty with yourself, why did you have that reaction?
"He turns his mind away from those phenomena and, having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.' " - Jhana Sutta