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Jun 26 2013

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A court in Burma found two Muslim women guilty of setting off a recent outbreak of sectarian violence, which seems a tiny bit suspect given that it’s usually Muslims who are the victims of sectarian violence in Burma.

Myint Thein of the pro-government National Unity Party, who attended their trial, said Wednesday that the two women in the central township of Okkan were convicted of “insulting religion.” Both were sentenced to two years in prison with hard labor.

Sigh. Has it all, doesn’t it. Minority religion. Women. “Insulting religion.” Two years. Hard labor.

Although the vast majority of victims of the Buddhist-Muslim violence in the past year have been Muslims, most of those convicted of serious offenses in the unrest have been Muslims. Rights groups have argued that Myanmar’s courts are biased in favor of the Buddhist majority. The two women’s trial was related to an April 30 episode in Okkan that culminated with Buddhist mobs destroying shops and homes in several villages. Myint Thein said the court heard that one of the women bumped into the monk as he was collecting alms and the other grabbed the monk by his shoulders. It is considered inappropriate in Buddhism for women to have any physical contact with monks.

So inappropriate that it merits two years in prison with hard labor.

Humans. So good at getting it wrong.

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  1. 1
    Kevin

    But Buddhism is a religion of peace!

    /snark

    Hitchens was right.

    /not snark

  2. 2
    naturalcynic

    Humans. So good at getting it wrong.

    So right.
    And right next door in Bangladesh, the Muslims oppress the Buddhists.

  3. 3
    Gregory in Seattle

    Then again, they were women. Had two Muslim MEN done the same thing, I have little doubt the court would have ruled otherwise.

  4. 4
    ema

    It is considered inappropriate in Buddhism for women to have any physical contact with monks.

    Good thing the women weren’t Buddhists, so monk touching at will, right court in Burma?

  5. 5
    Claire Ramsey

    Not all schools of Buddhism prohibit the touch of women. I myself have touched several Buddhists. Possibly kissed one.

  6. 6
    Sili

    Yay! No true Buddhist!

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