Friday, June 21, 2013

Buddhist Anti-Muslim Extremism Increases In Myanmar

The New York Times yesterday explored the rise of anti-Muslim extremism among Buddhists in Myanmar. The article focuses on Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu who is described as having "a rock-star following." The Times reports:
What began last year on the fringes of Burmese society has grown into a nationwide movement whose agenda now includes boycotts of Muslim-made goods. Its message is spreading through regular sermons across the country that draw thousands of people and through widely distributed DVDs of those talks. Buddhist monasteries associated with the movement are also opening community centers and a Sunday school program for 60,000 Buddhist children nationwide.