Wednesday, August 22, 2007

All hail the chairman's stupid idea

CHINA next month will enact a law prohibiting Buddhists from re-incarnating without government permission. Not approval. permission.

Money quote:
In one of history's more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission.
This is a country hosting the 2008 Olympics? A country on the UN Security Council? A permanent member of the UN? FUCK NO.

I'm sorry for the profanity, folks. But seriously. This is what's wrong with the world.

An important point I think to make, that no one else has mentioned (that I've seen, anyway), is how, exactly, do Chinese police intend to stop monks from reincarnating? Is this like Ghosbusters? Do they have particle-accelerator proton packs strapped to their backs, and when a monk dies, they zap his soul into submission?

Are they going to charge monks' temples when monks reincarnate without permission? How do they know when someone reincarnates? Do they have a meter somewhere? Or do they just have a Christmas tree, and every time a bell rings, they look through their list of "approved reincarnations" for discrepancies?

Seriously, what the heck were they thinking??


Leslie said...

That's some serious stupidity, but I like the picture in my mind of the Chinese governmental people (who almost always look like they've had something large and splinter-producing rammed in their unmentionable places) with the cookie Ghostbusters backpacks on! That's an image I'll save for sorrowful times in my life to cheer me up. :-D ha!

Leslie said...

Hmm, that word was meant to be Kooky, not cookie. Lovely...

Zipidee said...

Great rant! but ---- The Dalai Lama claims to be the reincarnation of Dalai's back to 1391 or so. This law is meant to keep him and other Buddist monks from claiming to be reincarnated.
We all know how socially subversive coming back can be. I mean if you come back and I don't you can do stuff to my grandkids and that's just not fair.
Like other laws that try to restrict religious expression this one will only create more reincarnations. I, for one had decieded to skip the process and ascend directly to Nirvana but Those China guys have pissed me off and in support of his Lamaship I'll be back! Then we're gunna kick some commie butt by yimminy!