Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

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Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

Post by DooDoot » Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:44 am

retrofuturist wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:51 am
If you really want to advance the cause of women's empowerment...

Muhammad's 1st wife was a business woman & Muhammad was originally her younger husband & employee. Muhammad's young wife became very powerful politically, leading an army into battle. One of the most famous verses of the Koran is Muhammad's plea to stop the practise of burying unwanted girl children alive. As for the term "women's empowerment", as shown in Chapter 37 of the SN (Matugama-samyutta — Destinies of women), if this is not focused on morality, it is not "empowerment" in Buddhism but another kind of empowerment.
And when the girl [who was] buried alive is asked
For what sin she was killed

Surah At-Takwir 81:8-9
then speak out against the brutality of Sharia Law
Sharia Law appears to include different tribal laws & is more closer Biblical Jewish Law than the Koran. There are Muslims who logically reject Sharia Law. If Wikipedia is researched on a topic in Islam, it is often found the Koran teaching on the topic is different to the Sharia teaching on the topic, as follows, for example:
Zināʾ (زِنَاء) or zina (زِنًى or زِنًا) is an Islamic legal term referring to unlawful sexual intercourse.[1] According to traditional jurisprudence, zina can include adultery (of married parties), fornication (of unmarried parties), prostitution, bestiality, and rape.[1] Classification of homosexual intercourse as zina differs according to legal school.[2] The Quran disapproved of the promiscuity prevailing in Arabia at the time, and several verses refer to unlawful sexual intercourse, including one that prescribes the punishment of 100 lashes for fornicators.[2] Four witnesses are required to prove the offense.[2] Zina thus belongs to the class of hadd (pl. hudud) crimes which have Quranically specified punishments.[2]

Although stoning for zina is not mentioned in the Quran, all schools of traditional jurisprudence agreed on the basis of hadith that it is to be punished by stoning if the offender is muhsan (adult, free, Muslim, and having been married), with some extending this punishment to certain other cases and milder punishment prescribed in other scenarios

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zina#Qur.27an
The above said, there are Pali suttas where it appears the Buddha accepted executions (the death penalty) for crimes, including adultery.
Well then, prince, I will yet ask you this, and do you answer even as you think fit. What think you? Take the case of men who have taken a felon red-handed and bring him up saying—“My lord, this felon was caught in the act; inflict what penalty you wish.” He replies—“Well then, sirs, bind this man securely, his arms behind him, with a strong cord; shave his head; lead him around, to the sound of a sharp drum, from street to street, from cross-road to cross-road, and out at the southern gate; there, south of the town in the place of execution, cut off his head.” They, assenting with “Very good,” proceed to carry out these orders, and, in the place of execution, make him sit down.

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female genital mutilation
Unrelated to Islam. In Egypt, genital mutilation was practised for hundreds of years before Islam including by Christians. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_ge ... #Antiquity
child brides
DN 31 teaches about child brides. Romeo & Juliet is about very young lovers.
the stoning of rape victims
Unrelated to Islam and seems to be about cultural family honor.
women being used as chattel and sex slaves
Here, the Koran should be read, carefully & distinguished from the common slave trade. The Pali suttas, via the default of acceptance, endorse slavery. Slavery existed in Thailand, until recently. Buddhist sex industry in Thailand, Catholic sex industry in Philippines, Jewish sex slavery in Israel, Founding Fathers pornographic sex slavery made in the USA?
women being blown up and otherwise killed or dislocated through acts of terror, subjugation, lesbians being thrown off cliffs and buildings etc.
Is this prescribed in the Koran? Or does it refer to the practise of mercenaries paid $150 per month by the US govt & its allies? If being gay was such a crime in the Muslim world, where did ISIS find any gay people to throw off buildings? :shrug:

You can expect the Terms of Service to be executed, independently of your incessant complaining and moralising.
In Buddhism, acts of error, due to ignorance (not-knowing) are always forgivable. :hug:
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Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

Post by DooDoot » Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:38 am

L.N. wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:23 am
I very much agree with this. We are on a Buddhist discussion forum. It is not clear to me how these criticisms and negative comments about Islam and other faiths are in any way appropriate in this forum. There are other avenues available. As far as I can tell, the post in which it is suggested that Muhammad be urinated upon is still visible here on DW. Very discouraging.
The Buddha praised vast learning. I think expecting non-critique of Islam is non-Buddhist. I think Buddhists should learn about the wholesome & unwholesome aspects of Islam. I was only now surprised to learn the Bahai were heavily political & involved in assassinations; similar to Nelson Mandela, the Irgun Zionists & other terrorists that later become mainstream leaders:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%A1b#Execution
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bah%C3%A1 ... e_B.C3.A1b
https://bahai-library.com/pdf/m/momen_a ... n_shah.pdf

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Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

Post by Pseudobabble » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:27 am

lyndon taylor wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:57 am
When reading some of these posts it becomes clear some of these people have never had any Muslim friends, and when you hear there opinions, it becomes clear why they don't have any Muslim friends.
So lyndon.... some of your best friends are Muslim? :D



Anyway, jokes aside, every religion deserves to be equally represented in our diverse Dhamma Wheel world of bigotry. The work of five minutes shows there's plenty of the old double-plus-bad talk in the other Abrahamic texts. I guarantee it can be found in non-Abrahamic texts too.


Let's not forget that Jesus was a big meanie too:
Luke 14:26 wrote:If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children,and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
Matthew 5:28-30 wrote:And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out ... And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee
Matthew 15:4 wrote:God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death
Matthew 13:41-42 wrote:The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Revelation 19:11 wrote:And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Good Ol' Yahweh also makes the list:
Exodus wrote: 2:11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.

2:12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.
Deuteronomy wrote: 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
7:10 And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.
Etc.

These things are so evil we should never mention them, and should remove all signs that they exist in reality. We should blind ourselves to them, and not discuss them, lest we appear to be doing injustice. Because we might misrepresent Christians and Jews. Right? I mean, what's a person's opinion worth. Right?
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Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

Post by retrofuturist » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:33 am

Greetings DooDoot,
DooDoot wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:38 am
I think Buddhists should learn about the wholesome & unwholesome aspects of Islam.
Whilst I won't be undertaking such a study (whilst there is still some of the Anguttara Nikaya which remains unread), I'm open to hearing from you and others, of any of wholesome aspects you encounter.

It's my hope that modern day Saudi Arabia will become the embodiment of such wholesome aspects.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/ ... own-prince

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Paul. :)
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Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

Post by DooDoot » Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:56 am

retrofuturist wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:33 am
It's my hope that modern day Saudi Arabia will become the embodiment of such wholesome aspects.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/ ... own-prince
Saudi Arabia does not follow 'Islam' but follows 'Wahhabism'. That 'Wahhabism' is mistaken for 'Islam' is a major problem for Muslim people, who are being murdered by Wahhabi & their Western allies. As for the new Saudi Prince, he is a wait & see project since he just kidnapped the Lebanese President, murdered the best Saudi friend of the Lebanese President & declared war on Lebanon. The article is not about Islam because Saudi Arabia does not follow Islam. Countries that follow Islam are Syria, Iran, Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, etc. Once countries like Egypt, who are puppets of the West, bring in Wahhabi-style govt and start to persecute Christians, this is not Islam.
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Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

Post by retrofuturist » Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:02 am

Greetings DooDoot,
DooDoot wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:56 am
Saudi Arabia does not follow 'Islam' but follows 'Wahhabism'. That 'Wahhabism' is mistaken for 'Islam' is a major problem for Muslim people, who are being murdered by Wahhabi & their Western allies.
I don't disagree with you there, especially if you're speaking in (recent) past tense.
DooDoot wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:56 am
As for the new Saudi Prince, he is a wait & see project since he just kidnapped the Lebanese President, murdered the best Saudi friend of the Lebanese President & declared war on Lebanon. The article is not about Islam because Saudi Arabia does not follow Islam.
I get the impression he's draining the corrupt Wahhabi swamp (and Trump is providing support for that, in part because it's those self-same people who help fund "the swamp" in the U.S. through money laundering, bribes, illicit trade etc.), but as you infer, we'll wait and see...

Metta,
Paul. :)
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Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

Post by DooDoot » Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:16 am

retrofuturist wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:02 am
Paul.
Its very important to review the history of Islam. I posted before how when the (ex-Buddhist) Mongols brutally invaded Persia they took over the Islamic Empire, converted to Islam & then proceeded to India to butcher Buddhists & Hindus. Ignoring these extremes, the facts of history is numerous religious groups, including Buddhism for around 500 years, lived under the Islamic Empire. No matter how primitive or medieval some versions of Islam may appear, the historical reality of Islam is it was infinity more secular than any Christian empire, which rendered extinct basically every indigenous religion in Europe & the Americas.

But when Wahhabi ISIS, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, Free Syria Army, etc, ran rampant in Iraq & Syria over the last 6 years, they murdered & tried to genocide different cultures of different religions, such as Christians & Yazidis, who lived under Islam for 100s of years.

The most significant criminal event of the 21st century was 9/11, which has nurtured a totalitarian police state domestically & internationally. The official doers of 9/11 were Saudi Wahhabi (yet the real Muslims have paid the price for 9/11). For individuals such as myself, 9/11 will always be the crux of it all.
There is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the right path has become distinct from the wrong path. لاَ إِكْرَاهَ فِي الدِّينِ (There is no compulsion in religion), meaning, "Do not force anyone to become Muslim, for Islam is plain and clear, and its proofs and evidence are plain and clear.

Verse (ayah) 256 of Al-Baqara is a well-known verse in the Islamic scripture, the Qur'an. The verse includes the phrase that "there is no compulsion in religion". Immediately after making this statement, the Qur'an offers a rationale for it: Since the revelation has, through explanation, clarification, and repetition, clearly distinguished the path of guidance from the path of misguidance, it is now up to people to choose the one or the other path. This verse comes right after the Throne Verse

The meaning of the principle that there is no compulsion in religion was not limited to freedom of individuals to choose their own religion. Islam also provided non-Muslims with considerable economic, cultural, and administrative rights

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Post by retrofuturist » Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:29 am

Greetings DooDoot,

Thanks for sharing your insights. It's pretty clear that Islamic orthodoxy has undergone a degree of supersessionism along the way, and latter reinterpretations have been allowed to gain prominence over the earliest strata of teaching.

Now, where have I encountered that phenomenon before?... :thinking:

Metta,
Paul. :)
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Post by DooDoot » Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:43 am

retrofuturist wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:29 am
It's pretty clear that Islamic orthodoxy has undergone a degree of supersessionism along the way, and latter reinterpretations have been allowed to gain prominence over the earliest strata of teaching.
For sure. However, the history of the militarism of Muhammad will always taint Islam as a worldly political ideology (rather than a pure spiritually, such as Buddha-Dhamma). However, for me, I would happily travel to Syria or Iran (or pre-Taliban Afghanistan), as I have traveled in Indonesia & Malaysia. With metta :)

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Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:19 am

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Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi, honors both ascetics and the householders of all religions, and he honors them with gifts and honors of various kinds. But Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi, does not value gifts and honors as much as he values this -- that there should be growth in the essentials of all religions. Growth in essentials can be done in different ways, but all of them have as their root restraint in speech, that is, not praising one's own religion, or condemning the religion of others without good cause. And if there is cause for criticism, it should be done in a mild way. But it is better to honor other religions for this reason. By so doing, one's own religion benefits, and so do other religions, while doing otherwise harms one's own religion and the religions of others. Whoever praises his own religion, due to excessive devotion, and condemns others with the thought "Let me glorify my own religion," only harms his own religion. Therefore contact (between religions) is good. One should listen to and respect the doctrines professed by others. Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi, desires that all should be well-learned in the good doctrines of other religions.
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Post by lyndon taylor » Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:42 pm

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Asokan Edicts

Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi, honors both ascetics and the householders of all religions, and he honors them with gifts and honors of various kinds. But Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi, does not value gifts and honors as much as he values this -- that there should be growth in the essentials of all religions. Growth in essentials can be done in different ways, but all of them have as their root restraint in speech, that is, not praising one's own religion, or condemning the religion of others without good cause. And if there is cause for criticism, it should be done in a mild way. But it is better to honor other religions for this reason. By so doing, one's own religion benefits, and so do other religions, while doing otherwise harms one's own religion and the religions of others. Whoever praises his own religion, due to excessive devotion, and condemns others with the thought "Let me glorify my own religion," only harms his own religion. Therefore contact (between religions) is good. One should listen to and respect the doctrines professed by others. Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi, desires that all should be well-learned in the good doctrines of other religions.
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Post by Will » Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:15 pm

I wonder if our great, ancient King would still say 'mild criticism' regarding Xtianity & Islam, which came after his time?
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Post by Modus.Ponens » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:26 pm

L.N. wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:03 am
Modus.Ponens wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:27 pm
L.N. wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:50 pm
Following is a suggested template for reporting anti-Islam posts and other posts which disparage other faiths:

Provision 2.d. of the TOS on this forum prohibits, among other things: "Unsubstantiated allegations against individuals or traditions." This post and other similar posts by this Member violate TOS by making unsubstantiated allegations against the tradition of Islam.

I encourage Members to speak out.
I have no problem with this rule. The claims about Muhammad are very well substantiated, because they are backed up by the canonical scriptures of islam. There is no need to be inflamatory because this is a buddhist forum and because incendiary style is counterproductive. But how do you tell the truth about Muhammad without upseting some people, even by just quoting canonical sources? That is not possible, unfortunately.
It seems very inappropriate to "tell the truth about Muhammad" in the manner which has been done here, using for substantiation facts which may be in dispute, with the ultimate goal of disparaging Islam. This is not a discussion of Dhamma. I think "connections with other paths" contemplates finding where there are points of connection, not how we can put down other faiths.
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Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:27 pm
This should not be confused with endorsement of religious persecution. This should not be confused with characterizing muslims as if they are all the same as Muhammad, or saying that they're all evil, because clearly they are not.
When there is a thread about the perfection of Rohingya Muslims and Buddhists start talking about all the excuses for why such persecution might be justified (e.g., the Rohingya's past-life culpability) and denying that Buddhists are carrying out the persecution, then comments are an implicit endorsement of religious persecution.
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Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:27 pm
... The only way this can happen is if the islamic doctrines that encourage these crimes are criticized. And it includes a severe criticism of Muhammad as a (bad) moral example for today's world.
I am sorry if this offends, but the comment is ignorant. There is good and bad in any presentation of one's faith (as evidenced here on DW by the Buddhist "proselytizers" who sometimes come out of the woodwork), but one visit to your neighborhood mosque may help you to realize that any perceived examples of rape or pedophile or the other absurdities which have been pointed out here on DW as the truth about Muhammed are not the examples which Muslims in general follow. The discussions here on DW have crossed the line over, and over, and over again into something ugly, particularly at a time when Muslims are persecuted at the hands of self-identified Buddhists. We should be setting a better example here.
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If you want to prevent others from reading unpleasant truths, then you are leaving the minorities within the muslim minority to rot under the islamofascist regimes and/or laws.
Disparaging Islam (and Christianity, and Bahai, among perhaps other faiths) on a Buddhist discussion forum devoted to Dhamma certainly will not help these individuals. To me it sounds more like an excuse for Islam-bashing.
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Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:27 pm
Thus, you cannot claim that your position is moral and mine isn't, because it is the opposite.
I have not made such a claim.
Modus.Ponens wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:27 pm
I could make an unfortunately long list of the things that ofend me about islam and the apologists for islamic fundamentalism. So, even then, your ofense would not surpass mine.
And none of your long list should have any place on a Buddhist forum devoted to discussion of Dhamma. We should create an environment which is welcoming to Muslims who may wish to hear the Dhamma. We certainly have not done this at DW.
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Substantiate your defense of Muhammad, or accept the criticism of Muhammad as statement of fact, and not disparagement.
I decline to do either. The select and distorted facts you and others choose to identify here in this Dhamma forum are inappropriate, in my opinion. There are other more appropriate avenues for this.
The koran is the most respected scripture in islam, followed by the sahih al bukhari and the sahih muslim. I have quoted them to substantiate what I have said. You have not substantiated your claims about Muhammad. Either substantiate your claims, or stop complaining about the truth as if it consists of distortion and lies.

I do not endorse religious persecution, and that's that.

Telling the truth about islam, by criticizing its bad aspects, is the only way to turn what is bad about it into something better. This was the process of deradicalization of medieval christianity. If you want to protect islam from criticism, then the pratical effect of that is that the bad aspects of islam will not be corrected, and the crimes of its fanatics against nonmuslims and moderate muslims will continue. So, trying to paint my position as imoral is actually an inversion of the pratical reality of this debate.

If you have any sugestion on how to explore islam in this forum, while leaving out the truth about Muhammad, about the history of islam, and about present day islamic fundamentalism, then please inform the moderators about it.
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Post by perkele » Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:22 pm

DooDoot wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:38 am
The Buddha praised vast learning. I think expecting non-critique of Islam is non-Buddhist. I think Buddhists should learn about the wholesome & unwholesome aspects of Islam.
retrofuturist wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:29 am
Greetings DooDoot,

Thanks for sharing your insights.
I second that.
Your contributions throughout the various threads on these topics have been very helpful at providing a greater context and better understanding of these very complicated political and cultural issues and conflicts and elucidating some of their roots and causes.
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Post by L.N. » Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:25 pm

Modus.Ponens wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:26 pm
If you have any sugestion on how to explore islam in this forum, while leaving out the truth about Muhammad, about the history of islam, and about present day islamic fundamentalism, then please inform the moderators about it.
As stated above:
L.N. wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:31 pm
A reasonable line could be drawn such that comments which show open contempt for other traditions are a violation of TOS. This is within the authority of the operators of the Forum, and would be in keeping with the goals of discussing the Dhamma. If people want to bash other faiths, there are other avenues available.

Of course I defer to those who provide this forum and manage it. Members don't get to decide how things are run, but we can have our say to the extent permitted.
There have been a lot of ugly posts about Islam and other faiths. They have no place here, in my opinion.
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Post by DNS » Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:20 pm

I believe DooDoot has a pretty good balanced position on all of this. In his post here:
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=30614&start=60#p444973

He demonstrates things Islam has been accused of and how much of it is from cultural practices, not Islam. Another cultural action which is done in some Arab countries is honor killings. This is also not a part of Islam, but rather a cultural thing. The Druze in Israel and other nations (not part of Islam) have also done honor killings. And then in the quoted part here he mentions how we can learn from the wholesome and unwholesome aspects of Islam.
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The Buddha praised vast learning. I think expecting non-critique of Islam is non-Buddhist. I think Buddhists should learn about the wholesome & unwholesome aspects of Islam. I was only now surprised to learn the Bahai were heavily political & involved in assassinations; similar to Nelson Mandela, the Irgun Zionists & other terrorists that later become mainstream leaders:
So I repeat, it is okay to study other religions, critique them, do a comparative analysis, but without vitriol, hyperbole. And one could do this by focusing on the doctrines, the scripture quotes, not the cultural aspects.

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Post by lyndon taylor » Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:02 pm

For instance female genital mutilation is not Islamic, it is cultural, it originated in Africa and is still principally an African phenomenon, both Islamic and Christian communities in Africa practice female genital mutilation, it almost unheard of in most middle Eastern countries, although I have heard of it being practiced in Indonesia, but not universally.
18 years ago I made one of the most important decisions of my life and entered a local Cambodian Buddhist Temple as a temple boy and, for only 3 weeks, an actual Therevada Buddhist monk. I am not a scholar, great meditator, or authority on Buddhism, but Buddhism is something I love from the Bottom of my heart. It has taught me sobriety, morality, peace, and very importantly that my suffering is optional, and doesn't have to run my life. I hope to give back what little I can to the Buddhist community, sincerely former monk John

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Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

Post by m0rl0ck » Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:31 pm

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Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:11 am
I am troubled by the proliferation of anti-Muslim Topics and posts here. I have to assume the majority of Members also disagree with such posts. We need to take a stand against this, because it damages the perception of Buddhism, especially at a time when Buddhists are persecuting Rohingya Muslims. What do we think we are gaining by showing contempt for other faiths?
Patriarchal theism is imo the greatest evil ever to befall human kind. In all its forms its ridiculous evil and dangerous and historically has been a major motivator and rationalization mechanism for every possible crime and perversion that humans perpetrate on each other.

However, if one form of its practice is being held up for especial ridicule, i agree thats unfair. For the good of the human race, patriarchal theism in all its forms should be eradicated. So i think we need to disparage all forms of patriarchal theism as the selfish, brutal, judgmental, relics of prehistory they are and not just pick on one flavor to crap on.

If you are looking for a place that is approving and welcoming to theist views and your particular sect especially, maybe you should be looking for sympathy somewhere other than a buddhst forum.
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Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

Post by DNS » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:22 pm

This might be one way (my cursory attempt) to present a balanced approach, by focusing on the scriptures of a religion as has been done by some here. First a negative aspect and then a positive, wholesome aspect:

The Sword Verse in the Qur'an:
فَإِذَا انْسَلَخَ الْأَشْهُرُ الْحُرُمُ
فَاقْتُلُوا الْمُشْرِكِينَ حَيْثُ وَجَدْتُمُوهُمْ
وَخُذُوهُمْ وَاحْصُرُوهُمْ وَاقْعُدُوا لَهُمْ كُلَّ مَرْصَدٍ
فَإِنْ تَابُوا وَأَقَامُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَآتَوُا الزَّكَاةَ
فَخَلُّوا سَبِيلَهُمْ
إِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَحِيمٌ
Qur'an 9.5 wrote:"Then, when the sacred months have passed,
slay the idolaters wherever ye find them,
and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush.
But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free.
Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful"
This passage appears to advocate killing non-believers unless they convert to Islam. From a Buddhist (and humanitarian) perspective this is in opposition to the First Precept and basic freedom of religion.

And for some wholesome verses, Golden Rule type passages:
Woe to those . . . who, when they have to receive by measure from men, exact full measure, but when they have to give by measure or weight to men, give less than due.”

The Qur'an commends "those who show their affection to such as came to them for refuge and entertain no desire in their hearts for things given to the (latter), but give them preference over themselves."

“None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” "Seek for mankind that of which you are desirous for yourself, that you may be a believer; treat well as a neighbor the one who lives near you, that you may be a Muslim [one who submits to God]."

“That which you want for yourself, seek for mankind.”

"The most righteous of men is the one who is glad that men should have what is pleasing to himself, and who dislikes for them what is for him disagreeable." (Qur'an, Surah 59, 83)
And then similar things could easily be done with other religions too, as noted in other posts from the Bible and other scriptures.

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Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

Post by Modus.Ponens » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:41 pm

DNS wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:22 pm
This might be one way (my cursory attempt) to present a balanced approach, by focusing on the scriptures of a religion as has been done by some here. First a negative aspect and then a positive, wholesome aspect:

The Sword Verse in the Qur'an:
فَإِذَا انْسَلَخَ الْأَشْهُرُ الْحُرُمُ
فَاقْتُلُوا الْمُشْرِكِينَ حَيْثُ وَجَدْتُمُوهُمْ
وَخُذُوهُمْ وَاحْصُرُوهُمْ وَاقْعُدُوا لَهُمْ كُلَّ مَرْصَدٍ
فَإِنْ تَابُوا وَأَقَامُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَآتَوُا الزَّكَاةَ
فَخَلُّوا سَبِيلَهُمْ
إِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَحِيمٌ
Qur'an 9.5 wrote:"Then, when the sacred months have passed,
slay the idolaters wherever ye find them,
and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush.
But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free.
Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful"
This passage appears to advocate killing non-believers unless they convert to Islam. From a Buddhist (and humanitarian) perspective this is in opposition to the First Precept and basic freedom of religion.

And for some wholesome verses, Golden Rule type passages:
Woe to those . . . who, when they have to receive by measure from men, exact full measure, but when they have to give by measure or weight to men, give less than due.”

The Qur'an commends "those who show their affection to such as came to them for refuge and entertain no desire in their hearts for things given to the (latter), but give them preference over themselves."

“None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” "Seek for mankind that of which you are desirous for yourself, that you may be a believer; treat well as a neighbor the one who lives near you, that you may be a Muslim [one who submits to God]."

“That which you want for yourself, seek for mankind.”

"The most righteous of men is the one who is glad that men should have what is pleasing to himself, and who dislikes for them what is for him disagreeable." (Qur'an, Surah 59, 83)
And then similar things could easily be done with other religions too, as noted in other posts from the Bible and other scriptures.
Hello, David.

I am preparing a post debunking the misrepresentations being spread about islam by DooDoot and others. Please keep this open, because the points they have raised do not stand to scrutiny.

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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 - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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