[Buddha-l] Return of blasphemy?

Curt Steinmetz curt at cola.iges.org
Wed Nov 9 15:20:59 MST 2011

On 11/9/11 12:02 PM, Jo wrote:
> Respect for religion in parts of the East is often enforced with death
> threats.
> Joanna

We should not allow the Perfect to be the enemy of the Good. Relatively 
speaking, Eastern religions have a Good, if less than Perfect, track 
record with respect to religious violence. If we fail to acknowledge 
this fact on the ground, and give it proper attention, then we can are 
left only with useless abstractions.

Among those who have gone on the record to state that "Western" 
religions (or, more precisely, "monotheisms", and in particular 
Christianity and Islam) are more prone to religiously inspired violence 
than are Eastern religions (Buddhism in particular) are (links are 
provided to help identify the people named below, they don't necessarily 
take one to examples of what I am talking about, although in some cases 
they do):

David Loy
Bernard Faure
Arthur Versluis
Perez Zagorin
Jan Assmann
Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer
Regina M. Schwartz
Charles Freeman


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