Texas Inmates Can Teach Brit Hume About Redemption and Forgiveness

Via The Huffington Post

The following quote comes from a man who recently served time at a prison in Texas. He speaks about a film about the Dalai Lama and Buddhism, and the philosophy it maintains for human beings and global problems:

I think that one of the problems of humanity is separateness. People tend to look at people as, well, that’s your race, that’s your country, that’s your religion, my opinions are more important, and you’re right and you’re wrong. And I think, if people just start looking past that, and see the true spiritual person- looking within, then they start finding more solutions, and start living better lives. It all starts with yourself. Everything has to start with yourself. You can’t move the stick out of your brother’s eye, if you have one in your own. You have to work with yourself. Work on yourself, and as you work on yourself, you’re gonna shine light on everybody else. And that light is going to wake someone else up. It’s like lighting a candle. If you have one candle, you’re gonna light others with the same flame. And I think that will be more of a practical solution to me. And the Dalai Lama, that’s what he said. He said that right there will be the solution to promote better human values. To find a sufficient way to promote that will be the solution…

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Ethan Nichtern on CNN in response to Brit Hume

Just finished watching the fantastic response to Brit Hume’s gaffe on Buddhism, via CNN. Rick Sanchez hosted Ethan Nichtern from the ID Project and asked him to respond to the comments made by Brit Hume on Fox News.

Ethan represented his view on Buddhism in a way that was not only compassionate, but maybe made it a bit more understandable for those second guessing Buddhism’s teachings on forgiveness and redemption.

Brit Hume and Fox News “Fair and Balanced”?

Have seen this posted around the internet and was absolutely amazed, better yet, appalled at the pure ignorance on a supposed “fair and balanced” TV news program, although Fox News isn’t the most “balanced” in my mind anyway. Brit Hume has been in the broadcasting game for a while, and you’d think, better yet hope, that he’d have the mental aptitude to not make idiotic remarks like this about Tiger Woods…

“He is said to be a Buddhist. I don’t think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. My message to Tiger would be, ‘Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.”

What? Are you kidding me? Nope, and I’m not kidding you… watch… you’ll see…

Catholic message issued to Buddhists

From Spero News

The Vatican made public on April 3 its annual message to Buddhists for the Feast of Vesakh, issued by the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. It was signed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the council.

Vesakh, the main Buddhist festivity, marks three fundamental moments in the life of Gautama Buddha. It is held during the full moon of the month of May because, according to tradition, the Buddha was born, achieved enlightenment, and passed away in that period.

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What the Middle East can learn from Southeast Asia

From Media For Freedom

An argument could be made that the Middle East, as the birthplace of the Abrahamic religions, is a centre of dialogue between Muslims and Christians. Where their holiest places of worship and pilgrimage exist, Muslims and Christians have provided models of historical co-existence and cooperation. But when there is tension, either for religious reasons or when sacred religious language and symbols are abused for more profane purposes, the Middle East has just as easily provided models of intolerance, and certainly of violent confrontation.

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Bishop-elect Explains Buddhist Lay Ordination

From Living Church Foundation

The Rev. Kevin Thew Forrester, bishop-elect of the Diocese of Northern Michigan, is seeking to clarify his lay ordination as a Buddhist. In a prepared statement, Fr. Forrester said that “lay ordination has a different meaning in Buddhist practice than in the Christian tradition. The essence of my welcoming ceremony, which included no oaths, was a resolve to use the practice of meditation as a path to the truth of the reality of human suffering. Meditation deepens my dwelling in Christ-the-healer.”

In an interview with the Marquette Mining Journal, Fr. Forrester denied that he was a practitioner of two faiths.

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Similarities in all faiths

From Sunday Herald Sun

The anthropologist Wilhelm Schmidt claimed that religious belief pretty much was the same for everyone.

It all sprang from the original common idea of one God, Schmidt said.

He theorised that the major religions practised in the world today were founded or developed with that one common bond between 600BC and 600AD.

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It’s the parents’ responsibility

Ed. Note- Just read an interesting “letter to the editor” and thought I’d share it and see what you all think about the subject matter. Can God fix our children or is it up to us, the parents of said children? I choose the latter, but that’s just me, being a parent…

From The Cumberland Times-News

To the Editor:
I have been reading for a few weeks numerous letters for and against handing out Bibles in Mineral County (W.Va.) schools.

The one I would like to respond to is from Charlotte Boor (“Giving Bibles not same as a religious education,” Dec. 21 Times-News) since it captures both the facade many have put up (It’s not really religious education), with their true intentions (preaching God from the soapbox).

If Ms. Boor really thinks handing out Bibles in school is not a method of injecting God into a state-run institution, then perhaps it would be all right to distribute literature on other religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, or even Atheism.

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When Jesus met Buddha

From The Boston Globe

Something remarkable happened when evangelists for two great religions crossed paths more than 1,000 years ago: they got along

While few mainline Christians would put the matter in such confrontational terms, any religion claiming exclusive access to truth has real difficulties reconciling other great faiths into its cosmic scheme. Most Christian churches hold that Jesus alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and many also feel an obligation to carry that message to the world’s unbelievers. But this creates a fundamental conflict with the followers of famous spiritual figures like Mohammed or Buddha, who preached radically different messages. Drawing on a strict interpretation of the Bible, some Christians see these rival faiths as not merely false, but as deliberate traps set by the forces of evil.

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