Monks Rally Behind Bill That Would Restrict Interfaith Marriage

Nationalist Buddhist monk U Wirathu is greeted with respect at a monks’ conference in Rangoon on Thursday. (Photo: Jpaing / The Irrawaddy)

RANGOON — Senior Buddhist leaders told a large monks’ conference on Thursday that they support a controversial draft law that would put restrictions on marriages between Buddhist women and Muslim men.

The monks said they would pressure Burmese lawmakers into accepting the bill, which was first proposed at a conference earlier this month with the support of ultra-nationalist monk U Wirathu.

About 1,500 monks from all over Burma gathered at a monastery in Rangoon’s Insein Township on Thursday in order to discuss how to resolve ongoing tensions between Buddhists and the country’s Muslim minority.

Senior monks who spoke at the event, which was the largest gathering of monks in Burma in many years, urged the Buddhist clergymen to rally behind their draft Law for the Protection of Race and Religion.

This bill includes a set of rules that would supposedly strengthen and protect Burma’s Buddhist tradition.

The draft law also requires any Buddhist woman seeking to marry a Muslim man to first gain permission from her parents and local government officials. Any Muslim man who marries a Buddhist woman is required to convert to Buddhism.

At a press conference on Thursday evening, three monks presented the senior monks’ decision to unite behind the proposal.

“The bill has been endorsed,” said U Sanda Siri, a monk from Kachin State, adding that legal experts would conduct a final review of the draft law before it is sent to lawmakers in Naypyidaw.

He said the monks would gather signatures from the public in support of the bill to pressure lawmakers to pass it into law.

U Wimala Buddhi, a monk from the Mon State capital Moulmein, warned that the clergymen would discourage voters from supporting any parliamentarian who does not back the law. “I want to know who will oppose our law, which political parties,” he said during a speech.

U Nyanissara, one of the most respected Buddhist monks in Burma, urged the monks to unite against supposed external forces, although he stopped short of endorsing the controversial bill.

“To protect our race and religion, we should speak with one voice,” he said in a speech, “The government also has an important role to play.”

The bill on interfaith marriage was first presented at a smaller monks’ conference in Hmawbi Township in mid-June in the presence of nationalist monk U Wirathu, who said that he had “dreamed of this law for a long time.”

The radical monk leads the nationalist ‘969’ movement, which calls on Burma’s Buddhist majority to shun Muslim communities, and to only support Buddhist-owned businesses. It has been accused of stirring up deadly violence between Buddhists and Muslims, which has killed about 250 people and displaced some 150,000 people, mostly Muslims, in the past year.

At its presentation in mid-June, the draft law sparked a flurry of reactions, with some Muslim leaders pointing out that it was a flagrant violation of basic human rights. Burmese women’s rights groups have vowed to campaign against the proposal.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 16 states that “Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family.”

Senior monk U Dhammapiya insisted nonetheless that the law would “protect Buddhist women’s rights” and he dismissed the idea that the bill would violate human rights principles. “There are different human rights conditions in different countries,” he said during a press conference.

U Wirathu also attended Thursday’s event. He kept silent about the draft law but as he walked through conference many monks showed high respect to him.

In the past few days, the nationalist monk has been at the center of controversy after his photo appeared on the cover of Time magazine’s July 1st issue with the headline “The Face of Buddhist Terror.” The cover caused an uproar in Burma because some felt it coupled the country’s Buddhist tradition with terror and violence.

On Thursday, U Nyanissara also spoke out against Time’s cover and appeared to defend U Wirathu.

“They say the Buddhist religion is carrying out genocide, but we did nothing, not even expand our population,” he said. “Ashin Wirathu is a person who shows tolerance when someone criticizes him.”

U Nyanissara, a highly revered monk in Burma, urged the gathered clergymen to unite and stay calm in the face of such outside criticism, saying, “Our Buddhist clergy here is as strong as the Burmese army; we have 500,000 monks.” The Burmese military has some 400,000 troops.

Win Tin, a senior member and co-founder of the National League for Democracy, Burma’s largest opposition party, said in a reaction that he was disturbed by the monks’ proposal.

“It’s all developing rather ugly… All these proposed laws would worsen the situation,” he said, adding that the clergymen should not enter the field of politics in order to get laws passed that would put restrictions on ordinary people’s lives.

“The first thing is, it should not be initiated by the Buddhist monks,” he said. “These are issues for individuals, whether they are Buddhist or Muslim. These are family matters. There should be no legal obligations at all.

“This doesn’t need to be put to Parliament at all, this is my opinion.”

Additional reporting by Paul Vrieze.


59 Responses to Monks Rally Behind Bill That Would Restrict Interfaith Marriage

  1. Nothing is wrong with going agaist Muslim because they are considered as Daman-Dayal (anti-Buddhism). How ever, most of the Buddhist monks are tiled with Kalh names, e.g Ashin Tharbiwuntha, U Nyarnisara, U Sanda Siri. Are they going to change their names?

  2. The law should insert not only Muslims but also Christian.

  3. We are in danger of playing into the hands of bigots, demagogues and ultimately the generals who are using this as a time honoured and proven diversionary tactics away from the more pressing issues of land grabbing, Shwe Gas pipelines and unemployment.

  4. Laws for the Protection of Race and Religion? I heard many sermons by many monks saying that Buddhism is not a religion. What religion are these monks trying to protect? The Lord Buddha taught us to let go of EGO. Isn’t protecting my race, my religion alone not ego? Laws will not protect any religion. The individual’s conviction to his/her faith can never be changed by laws. I’ve seen a lot of people calling themselves Buddhists or Muslims or Christians and they don’t actually practice the teachings of Buddha or Muhammed or Jesus. And, don’t forget the story of “Dae-wa-dat” (satanic) monk, brother-in-law of Buddha (Siddhartha Gaudama) swallowed up by the earth. U Wirathu could be the reincarnation of this Dae-wa-dat.

  5. As a Buddhist I agree with U Win Tin, marriage has nothing to do with the monks, this is a family matter, it is for the parents and the women to decide whom they should marry and not the monks, it is not their business to get involve in sectarian affairs, THE MONKS ARE PLAYING WITH FIRE. Their place is the monastery just like the army place is the barracks. They are destroying the road to the Democracy which the country is heading for and have not reached yet. There should be separation of State and Religion. What is Sanga Maha Nayaka doing? Why don’t they disrobe U Wirathu, are they also supporting him? As a Buddhist I am not happy to see monks getting involved in marriage affairs. BACK OFF U WIRATHU.

  6. I can almost see Lord Gotama turning in Nivana and says “Ananda, what did we do wrong at that blighted country?”

  7. Congrats to Ven. Wira Thu and the Burmese people. It is unbelievable that it took 14 centuries for somebody to stand up to the murderous arrogance of Islam

  8. This draft law is a barricade towards the path of liberal democracy. But no doubt the monk gangs are planning ahead to turn Burma into a fundamental fanatic state. State has no right to interfere over religious and marital issues. It solely depends upon the choice of a person if she should hold the previous beliefs or switch to another religion. And no religion,no law can stop love from reaching its destination. I say this because I am muslim but my girl friend is buddhist. We are planning to wed very soon.

    • Congratulation for your future wedding. Is your future Buddhist wife going to convert to muslim? Will you accept if she keeps her Buddhist religion?

    • And if I read your comment, ‘1 man army’, I feel it is not far to seek your mentality close to the opinion you have about “monk gangs”(!). Not only your code name reflects AGGRESSION…. .

    • I wish you and your girlfriend the best. Be a beacon and an example of how we can coexist peacefully as Burmese first and foremost, where love reigns over religion.

  9. So there. Burma is on course to freedom and democracy. Where were these 500000 monks when they were suppressed by the 400000 armed forces during the saffron protest. Did they get any justice for the innocent victims( monks), who were killed by the junta. Now they have instead threatened the parliamentarians indirectly. This law will hurt the Burmese women rights. But it will benefit the Muslim women, because Muslim men will only marry muslim women. One way it is good to learn that Wirathu is figuting for the cause of Burmese women without their connsent. But how Wirathu is going to stop the foreign Muslim countries firms winning contracts in Burma. Recently a Qatar communication company won a contract. Further Qatar Airways auslim country is operating in Burma. Millions of tourists are expected in coimg years and like other Asian countries some Burmese women will marry them. Then is going to propose another law? In neibouring buddisht country there are no restrictions then why in Burma. Some monks like paid Wirathu is dragging Burma to stone age. Wow look at the above photo. The monks are so rich they can afford latest mobile and I pads. They should hold beads instead. I will advise taliban of Burma Wirathu to form an Extremist Monks Party of Burma. And fight for election.

    • Just as in some neibouring Asean countries, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and all other religion must convert to Muslim if you wish to marry a Muslim men or women. A child born in that marriage will automatically be a Muslim child.Muslim men given the obligation to marry 4 wifes sometime divoce their wife leaving these Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Sikh, after converting to Muslim when left by their husband/wife cannot be converted back to their original faith and often suffer in silence, anyone wanting to marry this divocee would have to convert to Muslim again. In this case only death if they want to leave the Muslim faith. In many case when the Hindu Raja marrys a Muslim woman, not only the Raja/King is converted to Muslim but the whole country and all his subject under his influnce is converted to Muslim. but this is not the case for Buddhist, after a divoce a Buddhist can convert back to his/her original faith and their children is free to choose their religion. In this case i can see the need to protect Buddhist women from few bad Muslim husband that may take this marry 4 wifes opportuniety to leaves their Buddhist convert wives.
      Maybe only in Burma, Asean country couple of other faith can go there to get married not having the need to convert to Muslim.

  10. What’s the difference between Burma an Iran now? Theirs are with beards and ours are bald and clean shaven. Whatever and however good the system, either democracy or Buddhism, in the hands of the Burmese they will go awry. We are neither walking on ‘the path of purification’ nor ‘the middle way’.

  11. Having law which discriminates others will surely backlash the Burmese Buddhism.

  12. Do we want Myanmar to become a country like Iran dictated by the religious rulers like the Mullahs? Absolutely not.

    Are the Buddhists monks trying to mimic the work of Islamic leaders in trying to pass a bill prohibiting marriages between Muslims and other faiths in neighboring countries?

    Why can’t they just teach simple Buddhism so that people understand the basics and will not veer away to any other religion?

    The bottom line is that the type of religion you belong to depends on who your parents are and where you were born. Basically if you stick to wholesome deeds and shun unwholesome ones, the Universal Laws or Truths apply to anyone regardless of religion. Universal Laws or Truths, one example of which is Karma do not discriminate anyone because cause and effect go hand in hand. The best example is that of Newton’s law in Physics – Action and Reaction.

    The advantage Buddhists have over other religions is that if they desire to attain Nirvana, they have an edge because Buddhism teaches you how. The concept of Nirvana and Heaven are entirely different though.

    I wonder whether we will ever hear from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as to her thoughts about this not only as a political leader but as a woman as well. I really admire her for her dedication and guts but we need someone strong enough to rise up to the occasion to steer the course of this country in the right direction. We do not need any sabotage in any shape or form at this very important juncture.

    We are trying very hard to democratize Myanmar but introducing this bill would be undemocratic and will go against all principles that we have been working hard for.

    A strong and determined leader should be able to accomplish the ultimate goal which is “DEMOCRACY”

    • She understands she has too much to lose by taking a side. Unfortunately, she is not smart enough to understand how to take advantage of the current situation and step out as the peacemaker that anyone can rely on. She has the charisma of her father to make the first impression, but not the lasting impression. She lacks his confidence and courage to tell followers what is right, not what they want to hear. Her indecision and poor judgement is badly exposed in the ongoing pogrom.

      • I agree with you that she lacks his confidence and courage to tell followers what is right, not what they want to hear. Her indecision and poor judgement is badly exposed in the ongoing pogrom.

        Her mistake began when she decided to shut up about the massacre against the Rohingyas. She should have remained a beacon to human rights and democracy. she is trying to do damage control but it is too late. She had lost a lost of respect around the world.

  13. Just a bunch of narrow minded bigots.

  14. These are the people who are tarnishing the image of Buddhism in the international society’s eye. These are the people who are wiping out international sympathy and praise Burmese people deservedly earned enduring the absolute poverty and ruthlessness of a fascist military dictatorship rule for half a century, sacrificing countless lives, sweat and blood. These are the people who day after day are becoming more look like Taliban. They may lack AK47s but their proxies are as deadly. They may be chanting Buddha’s mantras but their preaching is as chilling.

    If religions start to dictate how people act and involve in the people’s day to day life, it really becomes a problem already for a society. They do not bring piece but chaos and misery. Just look at some Muslim fundamentalist countries like Pakistan.

    But we do not have to lose faith in our future. Burma still has much much more promising future than ever before as long as we do not let any guy or any group hijack our fledgling democracy. Let democracy flourish and build a just and free society by establishing strong secular educational and civilian institutions, these problems will slowly fade away. Yes, there may be 500000 monks now, but offer them jobs, freedom, material life and control over their own destiny, many of them will disrobe themselves. Everybody loves freedom, especially we, Burmese.

    Religions should be for occasional celebration, just like what Japanese & Koreans do. But they should not be at the center stage.

    • Pakistan is not a Muslim fundamentalist country. Just that the fundamentalist has some real power there but s\till, the judicial system there is WAY ABOVE what is in Burma. It is Burma that is more of a fundamentalist country since the then prime minister U Nu favoring Buddhism and began oppressing other religions in Burma.

  15. Since the monks are worried that Burmese Buddhist women who marry Muslims will become Muslims, it may be due to a shortage of Buddhist men because there are according to a respective senior monk 500,000 monks in Myanmar. If all the monks disrobe and work for a living and marry and produce 3 children per family, there will be 500,000 x 3 kids = 1,500,000 or 4 kids per family = 2,000,000 more Burmese Buddhist population to save the country from becoming a Muslim country.
    My suggestion to the monks is to stay away from secular affairs, it is none of their business. I suggest they give sermons to Muslims and try and convince them that Buddhism is a better religion, a religion of Metta,Karuna (Loving kindness and Compassion) and peace and not like Islam where they have to kill infidels(non- beliver) of Islam.

    • I endorse your suggestion.
      If they are army, let them fight (the enemy not the citizens.)
      If they are monks, let them meditate, not fight.
      If they are worried about Buddhist women marrying the wrong kind of husbands, they could become lay men and marry them personally.
      – You cannot fight Islam by imitating it.

  16. Monks should stick to teaching and practising Bhuddisim. It is beneath them to meddle in social and personal affairs. Otherwise people may not respect them.

  17. Well, if Burma is doing a constitutional reform, I propose that only 1/3 of the parliament “hluttaw” needs to be directly elected. 1/3 of the seats should go to the military and 1/3 to the Buddhist monks (no other religions please, we are Burmese!). There could be a troika of rulers: Shwe Mann + Min Aung Hlaing + Wirathu , perhaps? Then the monks can become fully involved in daily politics like implementing new laws etc. Who cares about following the strict ancient rules of Theravada Buddhism. Burma is a modern country now and should be proud of such “hip” monks, so active in social issues LOL

    • Be careful. Some readers may not understand your irony, and take you seriously.
      Myanmar needs space to breath, not more restrictions – women also need freedom, not only monks.

  18. It is not only the extremist militarists that ruin Burma but extremists from all walks of life in Burmese society as well. They all will misuse the authority that ordinary people bestow on them whether they are in the army, in party politics, in the religious order, in governmental services, in business sectors or in student groups. Burmese politicians have manipulated their powers to create civil wars, the army top brass misused armed forces to drive the country into poverty and Buddhist monks are now pillaging the religion to disintegrate the society. Immaturity thrusts certain individuals into committing indescribable destructions. Buddhist monks of all people!

  19. Dear Monks,
    Even if the law is passed, how will you regulate it? Marrige is jut a status which is legally recognize by society. If law is preventing individual from pursuit of his or her own happiness, he or she will find a way to pursuit happiness different way. Hypothetically, if a couple with different faith going to live as common law spouse and built a family as they see fit, how will you regulate them? Will you become the devil who tare the family apart in the name of saving the religion. What lack in Buddhism is that there is no answer for why people search for faith and religion. If all of Burmese people, men, women and children value heir faith over any other religion and even better if some other religion respect Buddhism, you don’t have to spread the faith by force with rule of law. Religion should not be painted with broad stroke of act of crime by marrying different faith. Shouldn’t you be wiser than that and preaching for peace and love? Those are my opinion as a simple man. Social problems have no easy solution to fix, if it were that easy, from Ne Win until Than Shwe, they would be still in power. As great religion’s such as Buddhist leaders, shouldn’t you guys be thinking how to do things the right way? I love my country and my own race, and I always will be Burmese, but my personal life is not yours’ to regulate. Good luck with your funny law!!!

    • hi
      Tom Tun
      Tom tun wrote the following statement on 21-6-2013 in Democratic voice of Burma for his serious criticizing the author Emanual Stoakers who smeared idiot Wirathu’s political as well as destructive behavior with the support of state agencies systematically. From my understanding, state agencies imply USDP-aung than, than shwe, thein sein, Shwe mann and ming aung hlaing. The author, Emanual S wrote “What lies beneath the rash of anti-Muslim violence in Burma? ” You continue to criticize the author with the following sentence.
      But, I ( tom tun) don’t think he (Wirathu) is guilty of the every crime that took place in Burma. I think you should do facts check before you write anything. Your article is one sided and funny.

      From my recall, you ( Tom tun) told me once that you are studying sociology in USA or abroad. I have a high regards on your writing relating to the issues in Burma.

      However, you are not up to the logical and educational standards you should have.
      Everyday in Burma, there are and were a lot of business disputes or rape cases happening in between different races, ages , sexes and religious believers for century and century. It happened around the world as well as in USA you adore and you reside to study higher education. There are no systematically mass killing and killing weaker persons and minority in USA, EU, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Somalia recently and until now. However, it happened and is happening in Burma. Why? I need your reply this one important question before you tell about your high flow of sociology or nationalism. Because Muslim minority ( innocent children and women ) are dying and dying by killer /murderer , your beloved Wirathu and his associates- USDP-unethical soldier disorder party. However, U Ne Oo (Australia) in the same column with you said it is not important in mass killing and it has no political reason behind those killings as well.
      Do you ( tom tun)want to say because of your valuable beloved bama nationalism, the minority, Mulsim should be killed by your idiot Buddhist monks systematically in Burma?
      I do not want to argue with the issue of who start to hit and who is the victim in this mass killing minority, local Muslim? It might be difficult to find the root cause of business dispute like “ egg and chicken story” who is the first to exit in the world in some cases.

      Do you believe or trust the reasons given by than shwe and his puppet that DASSK, ming ko naing , U win tin should be jailed from the fair justice system in Burma or than shwe’s rules of law?

      Do you want to say those above convicts ( DASSK and etc) threatened the national security or bama nationalism, the most you appreciated?.

      Do you want to say that U nu, ne win , than shwe could and can fulfill the Panglong agreement designed by your national hero, G-Aung san? Therefore , the population of ethnics are significantly going down within 60 years without having adequate education, health care and social support , the most you appreciated in your life?

      Do you learn any kinds of ethnics language, culture and society in Burma from the U nu’s and bama military thugs’ designed schools , colleges and universities?

      Do you want to say all ethnics should not have their own nationalism because you , Bama has brown complexion ( one claims “ Indian descent) and Buddhism believers? Chinese descent, Burmese ethnics are fair complexion and Kachin believes more in Christian from your bamanization-nationalism and Buddhinization for your discrimination on all ethnics as well as minority-Muslim-darker complexion. I want you to forget about the Nationalism issue in Burma as a important one. Burma ( Nationalism) has been already divided by U nu and bama military thugs and now discriminated by successive bama military thugs again to be more dividend with the help of idiot Wirathu. Than shwe-USDP wants to divide Burma more and more for his easy controlling because we, ordinary Burmese have no gun, like Libya and Syria.
      You and I were not in the crime or clash scenes at the time of all deadly incidences. The author try to code and make references in his writing with his opinions to reach the logical conclusion.
      Do you learn the evidence base sociology ? Or Who is your supervisors and your university or college you are studying in USA.
      Do you still want to find or study in your project or thesis who is the starter in “the chicken and egg story” ? Please, do not choose that “Chicken and egg topic” for your low degree in USA because nobody can answer that question until now except than shwe.
      You should choose the topic of why systematic or well organized mass killing minority, local Muslim in Burma by idiot monks, happened and is happening in Burma, the world most poorest country.
      Do you think Burmese communist ( accused by your USDP-aung thaung) or DASSK or Ming ko naing or Kachin has strong enough military power to organize the mass killing local Muslim ? Why is not the same happened in Somalia, the world poorest country ?
      If you say, that all ethnics have no right to have their own nationalism from your discrimination or your justification to dishonoring Panglong agreement sincerely, I have no point to argue the topic of nationalism we should have in the world poorest country, Burma. You can follow ex-military president- thein sein and wirathu visiting around the world to ask for protecting your proud and pride nationalism instead of requesting finances or loan for poor ordinary Burmese as world famous beggars. We, Burmese are suffering from “day and night empty stomach” for being unable to shouting rubbish nationalism as well as sex or marriage related issues. Thein sein , than shwe, aung thaung , Wirathu and you have full stomach every day for shouting nationalism as well as being able to enjoying free-lunch from all ethnics and minority in Burma anytime.
      Sorry, i hope you, as an academic in sociology should think twice before you admire idiot Wirathu. If you think you are wrong on your serious criticism on the author, Emanual Stoakes, it is not too late to do so.

  20. On Thursday, U Nyanissara also spoke out against Time’s cover and appeared to defend U Wirathu.

    “They say the Buddhist religion is carrying out genocide, but we did nothing, not even expand our population,” he said. “Ashin Wirathu is a person who shows tolerance when someone criticizes him.”

    Above statement by U Nyanissara is not true and correct ones in Time magazine the author wrote. In Time, Wirathu preaching included ” Now is the time to rise up, to make your blood boil.” Obama has “been tainted by black Muslim blood”. Arabs have hijacked the UN. Around 90% of Muslims in Burma are radical bad people”
    “Time” also mentioned Sri Lanka Buddhist nationalist groups links to high-ranking officials so monks have helped orchestrate the destruction of Muslim and Christian property. In Malaysia, several Buddhist Burmese were killed-likely retribution, Malaysian authorities say, for the deaths of Muslims back in Burma. In Thailand ( Muslim dominated deep south region), more Buddhists have died during the uprising of Muslim separatist insurgency in 2004. However, the sever injured monk, Watcharapong does not blame an entire faith for the attack on him by detonated bomb there. He said Islam is a peaceful religion, like Buddhism , like all religions, he says. ” If we blame Muslims , they will blame us . Then, the violence will never end”.
    Thai has 64 millions, Burma 38 millions, North America, 3.9 millions , China 244 millions Buddhists in the record from “Time”. Total Buddhist in the world is 448 millions. Christianity has 2.2 billion, Islam 1.6 billion, Hinduism 1 billion. Buddhism teaching is mainly for salvation-helping others with problem. Buddhism-Theravada in Burma also emphasizes asceticim-simple living. All are in Time magazine for just mentioning what is happening in the Burma, compared to the other relevant findings.
    Now, the issue of restrict intermarriage faith is targeting DASSK to be in trouble to have conflict with idiot, naive monks and few Burmese.

    • Wirathu will set up cruel Buddhist army to discriminate other minority in Burma in the aspect of race and religious. Idiot wirathu will be fully supported by USDP ( unethical soldier disorder party) as well as than shwe’s private bama army. 1500 out of 500,000 Buddhist monks attended to hear idiot wirathu’s party and it is a very low percentage ( 0.3%). From Time magazine, wirathu is one of the 8 siblings in his very poor family so he was sent to monastery to relief his family feeding on him. His family has no birth control because of poverty and poor knowledge ( the consequence of successive bama military rules in Burma) but has enjoyable sex in his parents to be able to produce 8 siblings. Wirathu is the victim of the very poor family to be sent to the monastery for his survival. Because his sexual enjoyable parents could not afford t to take care ( feeding) of very young wirathu. Now, this idiot wirathu forgets his life suffering and he is involved and interested in sex and suppresses the minority for the unjustified reason of fearing of increasing number of Muslim minority in Burma. It shows his lack of confidence in his own Buddhist religion as well as jealousy.
      In addition, wirathu might be suffering from paranoid delusion ( unrealistic fear of minority Muslim proliferation in Burma) although this idiot learns a lot about main Theravada Buddhist teaching in his whole life ( salvation-helping other with problem and simple living life). China has 244 millions Buddhists but previous China government suppressed Falun gong who raise there due to the poor health care system in China. Sri Lanka monks also suppress other minority with the help of government which is also notorious for the killing of surrenders,Tamil tiger rebels in the record of UN human right. Than shwe visits China and Sri Lanka for learning those dirty, cruel strategy to beat DASSK in coming 2015 election. Now, than shwe create the naive, idiot monks and Burmese in order to trap DASSK to have conflict with those low educated Burmese and monks.
      Not very long, US, EU and Japan will dump DASSK if they are good with than shwe in the aspects of achieving lucrative business and military bases to counter balance to influence of future giant China. Let see who will win the game. The victims are minority as well as all ethnics in Burma. Now, the issue of restrict intermarriage faith is targeting DASSK to be in trouble to have conflict with idiot, naive monks and few Burmese.
      The wealthy fox than shwe needs survival also after his cruelty on his own people. Egyptian uprising is appeared again for fighting full democracy to overthrow the Muslim extremist brother dominated government. In Iran, Muslim extremists lost the election after moderate one wins election, clearly supported by people who are now wiser than idiot Burmese monks. Most Burmese idiot monks come from poor family for survival to become monk-hood after decades of suppression by bama military thugs. Those have psychological problems with the reason of discarded by their poor own families to sending their children to monastery for survival. Wirathu is one of the victims to be a psychotic patient.
      Those are so called low born in every aspects. Now USDP-than shwe, aung thaung, shwe man, thien sein and ming aung hlaing wants to win the coming election 2015 so they make use of those psy monks to help them to make against democratic hero DASSK , Christian dominated kachin rebels and Chinese government as well. USDP must show Obama that they need Obama’s help to escape from the all influence of future giant greedy China on them to play the game for their sure survival and gaining more wealth. Fox-USDP ( unethical soldier disorder party) invests the local Muslim lives-blood by killing them with boiled Buddhist blood for their survival, long after killing students, oppositional politicians , monks , ethnics and own people.
      Wirathu’s parents should be prohibited to have 8 children due to the reason of poverty at that time by bama military thugs. One monks proudly said there are 500,000 monks in Burma, bigger than than shwe’s private army and the majority becoming monks might be due to poverty in their families ( low born) so they are and were sent to monastery for survival.
      To have the qualified monkhood in Burma , Burma should learn the selection procedure from ROC, Taiwan at least. Do not learn from monks of Sri Lanka and its government, than shwe visited, copycats and adored and admired as well. Burma is time for dismissing psy and unqualified monks from the monasteries now. Because those monks do not understand and practice basic Theravada Buddhism- salvation (helping others with problems) and asceticism (simple living in life). Chinese , Japanese and Korean Mahayana Buddhism-salvation and compassion might be more suited for our Burmese now. Because Burmese monks and than shwe do not emphasize on compassion so they continue to killing and killing with boiled blood. Above different Buddhist teachings are coded from Time magazine, page 17 under the face of Buddhist terror.

    • Wirathu will set up cruel Buddhist army to discriminate other minority in Burma in the aspect of race and religious. Idiot wirathu will be fully supported by USDP ( unethical soldier disorder party) as well as than shwe’s private bama army. 1500 out of 500,000 Buddhist monks attended to hear idiot wirathu’s party and it is a very low percentage ( 0.3%). From Time magazine, wirathu is one of the 8 siblings in his very poor family so he was sent to monastery to relief his family feeding on him. His family has no birth control because of poverty and poor knowledge ( the consequence of successive bama military rules in Burma) but has enjoyable sex in his parents to be able to produce 8 siblings. Wirathu is the victim of the very poor family to be sent to the monastery for his survival. Because his sexual enjoyable parents could not afford t to take care ( feeding) of very young wirathu. Now, this idiot wirathu forgets his life suffering and he is involved and interested in sex and suppresses the minority for the unjustified reason of fearing of increasing number of Muslim minority in Burma. It shows his lack of confidence in his own Buddhist religion as well as jealousy.
      In addition, wirathu might be suffering from paranoid delusion ( unrealistic fear of minority Muslim proliferation in Burma) although this idiot learns a lot about main Theravada Buddhist teaching in his whole life ( salvation-helping other with problem and simple living life). China has 244 millions Buddhists but previous China government suppressed Falun gong who raise there due to the poor health care system in China. Sri Lanka monks also suppress other minority with the help of government which is also notorious for the killing of surrenders,Tamil tiger rebels in the record of UN human right. Than shwe visits China and Sri Lanka for learning those dirty, cruel strategy to beat DASSK in coming 2015 election. Now, than shwe create the naive, idiot monks and Burmese in order to trap DASSK to have conflict with those low educated Burmese and monks.
      Before long, US, EU and Japan will dump DASSK if they are good with than shwe in the aspects of achieving lucrative business and military bases to counter balance to influence of future giant China. Let see who will win the game. The victims are minority as well as all ethnics in Burma. Now, the issue of restrict intermarriage faith is targeting DASSK to be in trouble to have conflict with idiot, naive monks and few Burmese.
      The wealthy fox than shwe needs survival also after his cruelty on his own people. Egyptian uprising is appeared again for fighting full democracy to overthrow the Muslim extremist brother dominated government. In Iran, Muslim extremists lost the election after moderate one wins election, clearly supported by people who are now wiser than idiot Burmese monks. Most Burmese idiot monks come from poor family for survival to become monk-hood after decades of suppression by bama military thugs. Those have psychological problems with the reason of discarded by their poor own families to sending their children to monastery for survival. Wirathu is one of the victims to be a psychotic patient.
      Those are so called low born in every aspects. Now USDP-than shwe, aung thaung, shwe man, thien sein and ming aung hlaing wants to win the coming election 2015 so they make use of those psy monks to help them to make against democratic hero DASSK , Christian dominated kachin rebels and Chinese government as well. USDP must show Obama that they need Obama’s help to escape from the all influence of future giant greedy China on them to play the game for their sure survival and gaining more wealth. Fox-USDP ( unethical soldier disorder party) invests the local Muslim lives-blood by killing them with boiled Buddhist blood for their survival, long after killing students, oppositional politicians , monks , ethnics and own people.
      Wirathu’s parents should be prohibited to have 8 children due to the reason of poverty at that time by bama military thugs. One monks proudly said there are 500,000 monks in Burma, bigger than than shwe’s private army and the majority becoming monks might be due to poverty in their families ( low born) so they are and were sent to monastery for survival.
      To have the qualified monkhood in Burma , Burma should learn the selection procedure from ROC, Taiwan at least. Do not learn from monks of Sri Lanka and its government, than shwe visited, copycats and adored and admired as well. Burma is time for dismissing psy and unqualified monks from the monasteries now. Because those monks do not understand and practice basic Theravada Buddhism- salvation (helping others with problems) and asceticism (simple living in life). Chinese , Japanese and Korean Mahayana Buddhism-salvation and compassion might be more suited for our Burmese now. Because Burmese monks and than shwe do not emphasize on compassion so they continue to killing and killing with boiled blood. Above different Buddhist teachings are coded from Time magazine, page 17 under the face of Buddhist terror.

  21. Jungle Law exceeds Jungle Nation.

  22. Around 2,600 years ago, Buddha reportedly said “My Dharma will be transgressed and desecrated by evil demons (mara) posing as monks and nuns. In addition to breaking every precept of the monastic code, these mara-monks devote themselves to secular self-gratification, drive away saints and holy men, and are devoid of all compassion. The Sangha becomes a refuge for slaves and criminals, and society at large is plagued by corruption, immorality, and bitter suffering.” And it is happening now in Myanmar. [http://www.thezensite.com/ZenTeachings/Translations/Decline_of_the_Dharma.html]

  23. Monks are messing up with public affairs. They should stay at the monastary and preach Dhamma and strictly follows Vinaya set up by our Lord Bouddha.

  24. Somebody is using religion and monks. Thidagu Sayadaw is a reasonable one. Monks should derobe if they want to get into the social and political affairs. They should not use religion as the military use guns.

    • Monks need not to disrobe to get into the social and political affairs but they are not true monks when they incite hatred and nationalistic sentiment in the name of Buddha.

  25. The Religion is Imported From India……..
    Why not change to Ari (Fire-Worshipper)
    Wirathu look Chinese and others Bengali and Muslim Robe worn…….
    Hitler’s Aryan and Gentile marriage law copied
    what a shame?

  26. I’m afraid Myanmar is becoming one big joke.

  27. SOME Burmese monks are spoilt by Dakas and Dakamas by donating the best of everything to them ,where else can you get free lodging without paying rent, free food, the best of Burmese and Chinese cuisine for lunch, and free time to watch TV and talk on wireless phone, even have time to discuss affairs like Burmese women marriages instead preaching Buddhas Dhamma and not following the Vinaya. They should be sleeping on the floor instead on luxurious mattress and bed, they should not be watching TV because they will see women bodies in Bikini, also they need only typewriter and not computers where they can see ponography movies and naked women. Why do they need Beds,Computers and wireless phones for? There is no social service in Myanmar and for SOME people being a Monk is the best security they can have. They are the ones who are destroying Buddhism by getting involve in politics, monks like U Wirathu. They are wolves in sheep clothing. Hiding behind the yellow robe and dare not disrobe and become a layman and do politics. U Wirathu please disrobe and join one of the political party.

    • You have it spot on. Some politicians with backbones hopefully introduce a bill in Nay Pyi Daw to regulate the affairs of monks. If the country really wants to move forward, they can’t allow 1% of its population to piggback on the rest of the country. The lawmakers must enforce them to contribute to the development of the country instead of inciting hatred out of boredom. Many of those monks have able bodies to do physical labors. Many of them are well read, too. It should not be too hard for them to make a living for themselves and their families.

      • Are you kidding with “Some politicians with backbones hopefully introduce a bill in Nay Pyi Daw to regulate the affairs of monks.” These monks have been house grown by those in power behind the scene.

  28. Young angry monks, please go back to your monasteries and study the Buddhist books and meditate. Empty your minds of hatred, fill your minds with tolerance, compassion and loving kindness as the Buddha taught. You do not have enough worldly secular knowledge to interfere in politics. Keep out of politics. What do you know and understand of love? What do you know of marriage? Such matters are not for monks. Understand that democracy means freedom to choose. A young man or woman must be free to choose the person he or she wants to marry, whether Buddhist, Christian, Jew, Muslim, atheist. How can you control and enforce your proposed silly marriage laws.
    As the story of Romeo and Juliet shows, trying to control love ends in tragedy.

  29. Agree with you and U Win Tin. Monks, go back to manasteries, keep out of politics you don’t understand. Think of problems you create for myanmar workers in Malaysia.

  30. I am a Muslim, but in principle, I will support U Wirathu’s campaign to bar Muslim Men from marrying Burmese ladies.
    Those Muslim men who marry to Burmese bring nothing to their society and families but misery and disharmony. If they keep on marrying Bamar who will marry our Muslim sisters?
    If I were Wirathu, I would campaign for a total ban on any form of inter-faith marriages. I will not limit to one religion and one gender.

    • FYI, Muslim women (of Burma) have been marrying non Muslim men (in Burma) and successfully turned them into Muslims. All it takes is $$ my friend. Don’t you get it?

      Stop with your male ego to worry who will marry Muslims women unless of course, you pretend to be a Muslim. But Muslim men would not say what you say because it has been the tradition with Muslim men to act pious via converting people while they themselves don’t follow what they preach. Yes, I am a female, and born as a Muslim and sick of the double standards rules made by men in all religions..

  31. Today unmarried Wirathu who has no idea about marriage has drafted marriage Law. Tomorrow he will try to pass the law in Parliament with the help of some extremist monks. In future Monks will ask to reserve 25% seats in Parliament for them. Then Extremist monks and Junta old thugs will try for democracy. Funny Burma. Ultimately poor public are suffering and will suffer.

    • Yes, the poor public is suffering and will continue to suffer. I blame the middle class as I observed most of the middle class, despite their education, turned a blind eye on the discrimination against the Muslims. may be it is their jealousy worrying that in the free market economy, the Muslims would do well. Yes, the Muslims would do well but so the non Muslims if they strive. Bit they want privileged status. Pathetic!

  32. Sectarian violence cannot be stop by this crazy Burmese Women Marriage Bill, the only way is to stop by putting this renegade monk U Wirathu back in the prison so that he cannot spread sermons of hate. just like what Than Shwe did to him. Beware of this monk U Thein Sein , he is destroying Myanmar road to Democracy. Myanmar will become like Yugoslavia if you do not control him. Because of him, there are two factions of Burmese Buddhist now, One for the Marriage bill and the other against and it won’t be long that you will hear them fighting among themselves. Do you want Myanmar to be like Muslim countries where Sunnis and Shites are killing each other? There should be a law passed in the parliament prohibiting Monks from getting involved in politics.

    • Putting this renegade monk U Wirathu back in the prison (actually he is not a renegade; he NEVER was a real Buddhist monk) will not stop this because this is well organized and highly financed by those behind the scence. Unless the majority of the Bamar people speak up, they have more to lose but, I am sorry to say, most are too myopic to see that.

  33. There has been enough religious and interreligious wars . Millions of innicent people died in such conflicts for no reason at all. So much pain and suffering was inflicted on all for no cause at all or for purely a selfish cause of maintaining the purity of a race or such non sensical reason . This should not be tolerated by the modern world’s residents and citizens . must fight this narrow dogma so peace and harmony will prevail in the human society . It’s time complete peace is established on earth without further delay.

  34. Many valuable insights. This religious awareness came about , merely from the concern of forced conversions, beheadings, and building up political capital to carve out piece by piece of land from Myanmar.

    In that respect , Myanmar and Myanmar Buddhists had the right for concern.

    The nation’s interest are many. Not one person should bear the burden of solving everything.

    Let ASSK struggle for the nation’s rule of law, U Wirathu educate and defend Buddhism

    May be, my FRCS Norman keep on operating . 73 is too young to drop your scalpel.

  35. Well Myanmar has gone gaga over this bill. By the way, can anyone who responded to this article above tell me something about the blasphemy law? I think enacting a blasphemy law is far better and will guarantee human rights as in the Islamic countries. Can anyone tell me please?

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