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Myanmar considers law restricting interfaith marriage

Postby plwk » Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:19 am



Myanmar's President, Thein Sein, has asked parliament to consider an intermarriage law, spearheaded by an extremist monk, that is aimed at "protecting" Buddhists.
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Re: Myanmar considers law restricting interfaith marriage

Postby Sherab Dorje » Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:13 pm

The only thing Buddhists need as protection, is to act like Buddhists.
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Re: Myanmar considers law restricting interfaith marriage

Postby Malcolm » Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:47 pm

Sherab Dorje wrote:The only thing Buddhists need as protection, is to act like Buddhists.


Well, the fact is that in some countries, like Lhadak, Buddhist women are "press-ganged" into marriages with Muslims. This also happens in Bangladesh. A lot of what is happening in Myanmar is a direct reaction to the oppression of Buddhists in the Chittagong hills. It does not make it right, but that is actually what is happening. The Buddhist communities in the Chittagong have had close ties with the Burmese for many centuries.

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Re: Myanmar considers law restricting interfaith marriage

Postby Sherab Dorje » Sat Mar 01, 2014 4:19 pm

Appearances are irrelevant, ones internal condition is what is important.

Sufism is also oppressed and suppressed by Shiite and Suni governments, does that mean there is nobody practicing Sufism in Shiite and Suni countries?

Burma is apparently a Buddhist country, if their Buddhism is being overrun by Islam then they need to ask themselves "Why?" because banning interfaith marriages is not going to be a long-term solution.
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Re: Myanmar considers law restricting interfaith marriage

Postby Malcolm » Sat Mar 01, 2014 4:22 pm

Sherab Dorje wrote:Appearances are irrelevant, ones internal condition is what is important.

Sufism is also oppressed and suppressed by Shiite and Suni governments, does that mean there is nobody practicing Sufism in Shiite and Suni countries?

Burma is apparently a Buddhist country, if their Buddhism is being overrun by Islam then they need to ask themselves "Why?" because banning interfaith marriages is not going to be a long-term solution.


They are not banning interfaith marriages, they are guaranteeing the right of Buddhist women to keep their Buddhist faith if they enter into marriage with Muslims, undoubtedly to discourage Muslim men from marrying Buddhist women (who then must convert to Islam). You clearly did not read the article carefully:

The proposals include a law "to give protection and rights for ethnic Buddhists when marrying with other religions", as well as a ban on polygamy and legislation to "balance the increasing population".
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Re: Myanmar considers law restricting interfaith marriage

Postby Sherab Dorje » Sat Mar 01, 2014 4:52 pm

It's a knee-jerk reaction to the increasing "popularity" of Islam. If the Burmese want to save their Buddhism then they need to find a much more effective method. Introducing a law is not going to change anything. Sharia is not above civil law in Burma anyway so a Buddhist woman is not legally obliged to embrace Islam if they don't want to. They choose to do so (albeit with some social pressure). Again I remind you that Burma is not Bangladesh (a Muslim country), Burma is a Buddhist nation.

And yes, you are right, "banning" is not (legalistically) the correct term, but I am sure that is what the junta would have in mind.
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Re: Myanmar considers law restricting interfaith marriage

Postby Sherab Dorje » Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:12 pm

A radical monk called Wirathu has campaigned for a law to force non-Buddhist men wishing to marry a Buddhist woman to convert and gain permission to wed from her parents, or risk 10 years in jail.
Whereas it seems that they are campaigning for non-Buddhists to be legally obliged to change faith.
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Re: Myanmar considers law restricting interfaith marriage

Postby Wayfarer » Sat Mar 01, 2014 11:52 pm

Related news item that the Myanmar government wants to suspend the activities of Médecins Sans Frontières on account of their perceived favouritism in treatment of injured and ill Rohingya persons.

Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders, or Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), says the Myanmar government has ordered it to suspend all its activities in the country, halting vital healthcare to thousands of people.

Government spokesman Ye Htut told media that MSF had been ordered to cease operations.

He accused the organisation of falsely claiming it had treated victims of violence around the time of an alleged massacre in mid-January, which the government denies took place.


Orwellian, isn't it? 'If you claim to be treating victims of an incident we say didn't happen, you will be banished'.
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