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Article ID: 4478
Age Group: Adult
Posted: July 31st. 2000
Wren's Bird Call 2
...is a distinct honk of utter disbelief directed at the once respectable organization known as the United Nations.
More than 1,000 religious leaders have been invited to attend a Millennium World Peace Summit at the United Nations next month, but NOT the Dalai Lama. It seems that while the Tibetan Buddhist leader, IS a religious leader respected and admired the world over for his spiritual views on non-violence and tolerance for others, his inclusion in the Peace Summit may -are you ready for this? - upset the Chinese. ''China would object vehemently to his presence here because they consider Tibet their territory and the Dalai Lama challenges that,'' said U.N. spokesman Fred Eckhard.
If the Dalai Lama, one the most highly revered spiritual leaders of this century AND a 1989 Nobel Peace Prize recipient (for Goddess sake!) can be black-balled because our newest bestest trading buddy, China, might get 'upset', then the inmates have truly taken over the asylum. It's just plain crazy-as-a-loon politics. If those religious extremists in our government and on our television sets-you know, the very ones who are always blowing Gabriel's horn in our faces- do not rise up to protest this travesty, then we all will know just how much it takes to make them forget all about their holier-than-thou ponyride crusade to make the world a better place.
"It is natural and just for nations, peoples and individuals to demand respect for their rights and freedoms and to struggle to end repression, racism, economic exploitation, military occupation, and various forms of colonialism and alien domination. Governments should actively support such demands instead of only paying lip service to them." -(His Holiness the Dalai Lama, (UNESCO) Meeting, Paris, February 1999)
Paying lip service to that 90% of a cash windfall-not to mention the millions of potential converts- that doing business with China may bring their way could be considered well worth the 10% tithe it may take to get the god of the religiously extreme politicians to look the other way on this one.
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