China says No Reincarnation Without Permission

Yes, the following is an absurd example, but this type of thing is why we should keep church and state absolutely separate.

This is extreme, but how is it different in principle from making everyone say "under God" in the pledge of allegiance, or by doing what the fundies want to do, and return forced organized prayer to public school, thus indoctrinating non-Christian kids into a faith their parents may not approve of?

Link: China Regulates Buddhist Reincarnation – Newsweek Beliefs – MSNBC.com.

In one of history’s more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. According to a statement issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, the law, which goes into effect next month and strictly stipulates the procedures by which one is to reincarnate, is "an important move to institutionalize management of reincarnation." But beyond the irony lies China’s true motive: to cut off the influence of the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual and political leader, and to quell the region’s Buddhist religious establishment more than 50 years after China invaded the small Himalayan country. By barring any Buddhist monk living outside China from seeking reincarnation, the law effectively gives Chinese authorities the power to choose the next Dalai Lama, whose soul, by tradition, is reborn as a new human to continue the work of relieving suffering.

And Bush has populated his Administration with incompetents, who just happen to believe the same things he does. How is that better?

I don’t want a president forcing his religious dogma on the rest of us, and the religious folks wouldn’t appreciate it if Hillary Clinton chose the president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

We should get back to the way the Constitution mandated things, in which "a religious test" was prohibited. Otherwise, we will end up like China; it’s just a matter of time…

 

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