Hate, racism have no place in Buddhism

Hate, racism have no place in Buddhism

Credit a top US diplomat for raising the issue of fast-growing religious intolerance in our region. Tom Malinowski, an official of the human rights office of the US State Department, made his comments last week in Myanmar. It was the perfect spot. It also drew the expected reaction: nothing. His message that hate and calls for violence were surfacing among some mainstream Buddhists in Myanmar and in Sri Lanka was overdue and bears strong repetition and opposition.

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Indonesia should allow interfaith marriage, say bishops


Indonesian bishops have told the country’s top court that they support interfaith marriage and that laws that may restrict mixed unions are discriminatory.

(Photo) Father Yohanes Purba Tamtomo, a representative of the Indonesia Bishops’ Conference, speaks about the Church’s position on interfaith marriage during a hearing at the Constitutional Court on Monday (Photo by Ryan Dagur)

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Malaysia court sets next hearing date in Catholic paper’s ‘Allah’ case

Malaysia’s Federal Court has fixed January 21 to hear the Roman Catholic Church’s review application following its failure to get leave to appeal the Home Minister’s ban on the use of the word “Allah” in its weekly publication, the Herald.

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5th WORLD PEACE FORUM: Quest for Peace: Lessons of Conflict Resolution

World Peace Forum

The Indonesian Central Board of Muhammadiyah in cooperation with the Kuala Lumpur-based Cheng Ho Multi-Culture Education Trust, and Centre for Dialogue and Cooperation among Civilisations (CDCC) will organize the 5th World Peace Forum to be held on November 20 – 23, 2014, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Justice and peace are possible through interfaith dialogue, say young Asian Christians

Youth and Interfaith, Asia

The serene air of the Metta Karuna Reflection Centre in Siem Reap is being stirred up. It is buzzing with the voices of young Christian leaders from Asia who believe that by engaging in interfaith dialogue, they can help bring justice and peace to Asia, a region where religious plurality can be both a blessing and a challenge.

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