Sunday, 23 July 2017

Buddhist abuse of Muslim Rohingyas in Burma

From the AM website of the ABC

Additional information: 
Rohingyas -
Also read this Wikipedia entry for Aung San Suu Kyi
In particular, read this section of the W/pedia entry relating to her attitude to the Rohingyas.
Aung San Suu Kyi is clearly not treating the Rohingya people as she herself was treated by people in western countries.  She has received much praise, sympathy and comfort from western countries.  Perhaps because she was of a certain status.  The Rohingyas, as a people, have no status in Myanmar but Aung San Suu Kyi certainly does.  In the Judaic/Christian tradition, there is what is called "The Golden Rule".  Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  This has its equivalence in many other religions and philosophies.  And it does in Buddhism:
560 BC,  From the Udanavarga 5:18-   
"Hurt not others with that which pains yourself."

Fear, mistrust and secret killings - 

Myanmar Rohingyas tell journalists of abuse

Liam Cochrane reported this story on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 08:17:00

Muslims in western Myanmar say men have been burned alive by soldiers, women gang-raped, and children as young as 14 are being jailed on suspicion of terrorism. They've made these allegations to foreign journalists granted rare access to the region. The United Nations are calling it 'possible ethnic cleansing', but the Chief Minister of Rakhine State says it isn't genocide.


Anonymous Rohingya people in Myanmar
U Nyi Pu, Chief Minister of Rakhine State 

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Zoroastrianism - a religion of light and fire

Next year the Zoroastrian World Congress will be held in Perth, Western Australia. It is to be hoped that it is done with a significant splash since few Australians have heard of the Zoroastrians let alone met one.

Firstly, let it be said that this is one of the world's most ancient religions. The founder of the religion is Zoroaster (also known as Zarathustra).  Read more here. The followers of Zoroaster are also known as Parsis.  The religion should not be confused with Thus Spake Zarathustra by the German writer, Friedrich Nietzschke. 

To read about the Parsis in the modern world,

Saturday, 22 July 2017

The Other Son - showing at Central Uniting Church, Ballarat to-morrow

will be shown at 
in Lydiard St Sth, Ballarat at 4:30pm
this Sunday 23rd July 2017
to be followed by a shared meal.

The film event is being jointly organised by
Central Uniting Church and Ballarat Interfaith Network.

Amal Awad, Ali's Wedding, and Australia's first Muslim "rom com".

Amal Awad blogs at three quarters full
Amal Awad shared Ali's Wedding's photo.
Very pleased to be a part of this very exciting project for the new film Ali's Wedding. It's Australia's first 'Muslim rom com' - lots of fun, touching and beautifully written. Lots of wonderful stories are featured in this series - enjoy. #AlisWedding

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Ali's Wedding with Frida Deguise and 5 others.
The Ali's Wedding team is excited to launch our special project, a portrait series of 11 Muslim Australians sharing personal stories of love and marriage. Directed by Fadia Abboud, and photographed by Hoda Afshar, ‘11 True Love Stories’ will also be exhibited in Melbourne and Sydney – venues to be announced soon! 

In my soul there is a temple --- Sufi mystic Rabia al Basri

In my soul there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church where I kneel.

Prayer should bring us to an altar where no walls or names exist.

Is there not a region of love
where the sovereignty is illumined nothing,
where ecstasy gets poured into itself and becomes lost,
where the wing is fully alive but has no mind or body?

In my soul there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church
that dissolve, that dissolve in God.

By Rabia of Basra (c. 717-801)
who is considered the most popular and influential female Muslim saint in the Sufi tradition.
Born nearly 500 years before Maulana Jalaludin Rumi,
she - perhaps more than any other poet - is said to have influenced his writing.

This poem has come via Jessica Morrison on Facebook

Friday, 21 July 2017

Ballarat Interfaith Network - July 2017 Meeting;; Notice of 2017 AGM in August

Wednesday 26th July 2017 AT 7 PM
At Eastwood Street Leisure Centre, Ballarat.
Enter via the front door, first room on the left.

Guest speaker for the evening will be
Neil Paramanatha
who will speak on the topic of

MyJourney in the Hindu Faith


Annual General Meeting
23 August 2017 at 7pm
Eastwood Leisure Centre

Guest Speaker:  Siddick  


Story from Ngala Killian Chimtom

July 20, 2017

Picture at left:  Bishop Jean-Marie Benoit Bala of Bafia, Cameroon.  (Credit: Valérie leon (Travail personnel) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons.)

Participants at a meeting of central African bishops this week recommended inter-religious dialogue as the way forward for the sub-region. They also reiterated claims that the death of Cameroonian Bishop Jean-Marie Benoît Balla was not a suicide, but that he was "brutally assassinated.”

YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon - Inter-religious wars in the Central African Republic, the excesses of the terrorist sect Boko Haram in Cameroon, and a steep rise in Christian revivalist movements are rapidly changing the religious landscape in the Central African sub-region, and paving the way for religious intolerance.

In the Central African Republic, the fight for political control became increasingly religious with the Muslim Seleka rebels wresting control of the capital Bangui in 2013 and looting, raping and killing the Christian-dominated Anti-Balaka. But when the Christians seized back the capital months later, they committed the same crimes against the Muslims.

In Cameroon and Chad, the Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram has become a source of continued attacks, killing at least 500 civilians since it started cross-border attacks in 2013. Across the entire area, a rise in Pentecostal movements and their extremist ideologies has taken sway. “The Central African sub-region is in crisis, and these crises are an expression of hate,” says the 86-year-old Archbishop emeritus of Douala in Cameroon, Cardinal Christian Tumi. “If I love my brother, if I love my sister, I won’t take up a gun to kill him,” he added.

In view of the troubling situation, some 80 Catholic bishops from the Central African Sub-region along with representatives from other Christian denominations and Muslim communities came together in Yaoundé for the 11th Forum of the Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa, with ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue at the centre of their discussions.

The bishops and their guests discussed “Islam in Central Africa today,” traditional African religions and inter-religious dialogue,” “Christianity, Islam and Politics,” as well as “dialogue between the Catholic Church and the different Islamic currents in Central Africa.”