Saturday, August 25, 2007

Control beyond the grave

"In one of history's more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission."


Oppressive religious control within China has long been documented- the more publicised examples are the banning of Falun Gong practices and also banning recognition of the Pope and any of his appointed leaders within China. In fact Catholic Churches are illegal in China, and Chinese Catholics must instead worship in the communist-controlled Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. Protestant worship is only permited, but only in state-sanctioned churches.

However, trying to control reincarnation of the Dalai Lama just takes the cake.

(thanks again to Phil for forwarding the link)

Updated: I wanted to provide links for the Falun Gong example I cited, but the Great Firewall of China was one step ahead of me, even when using proxy servers. You'll have to look it up yourself.

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