Thousands Sign Petition against Time ‘Buddhist Terror’ Cover
25 June 2013
An online petition protesting a Time magazine cover featuring the controversial Burmese Buddhist monk Wirathu, described as “The Face of Buddhist Terror,” has received nearly 60,000 signatures as of Tuesday afternoon. The petition, on the activist website Avaaz.org, was initiated by a Burmese national by the name of Sai Thiha Z., and most of the signers also appear to be Burmese, although there have also been a significant number from Sri Lanka, another predominantly Theravada Buddhist country. The petition calls the Time article “hate speech” and features the offending Time cover next to a fake cover accusing the magazine of “media terror”.