Friday, January 14, 2011

Burmese Political Party Creates Group To Discourage Religious Conversions

Irrawaddy reported yesterday that in Burma (Myanmar), the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party has formed a new organization to discourage residents from converting from Buddhism to other religions.The organization, Sasana Nugaha, was formed by businessman Khin Shwe, a USDP member of the upper house of Parliament. Critics say the organization is attempting to politicize Buddhism and violates Sec. 407 of Burma's 2008 Constitution that prohibits any political party from "directly or indirectly receiving and expending financial, material and other assistance from ... a religious association" or "abusing religion for political purpose."