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Canforeignmonkschantsutrasbett

2020年08月13日 07:03:26 | 分类: S生活墙 | 作者:  | 浏览次数:873 次

<>Buddhism came to China from India, and one old Chinese saying is: “Monks from abroad chant sutras better.” This might have been true shortly after Buddhism was introduced and when China began Westernization. It's open to doubt nowadays.

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<>The case in point is a request by two human rights scholars who will come to Taipei next February at the invitation of the government to review Taiwan's human rights report. Dr. Eibe Riedel, a member of the U.N. Committee for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and Dr. Manfred Nowak, professor at Vienna University, reportedly sent a letter to President Ma Ying-jeou asking him to stay all executions before they arrive. If true, it may be considered an act of interference in Taiwan's internal affairs. But why they must be invited to review the human rights report translated into English because they can't read Chinese is hard to understand. The translation of the report, which President Ma presented to the public at a press conference at the Presidential Office last week, appears like an attempt to verify that doubtful old wisecrack.

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<>Let's review the whole episode first. The United Nations has a Human Rights Council which makes a Universal Period Review of human rights performance in all 193 member states of that lofty but highly incompetent world body. Taiwan, or the Republic of China, was kicked out of that organization in 1971, and as a result, its human rights performance doesn't have to be reviewed. But Taiwan wants to have its human rights performance reviewed as if it were a U.N. member state anyway. Hey presto! We have the translated human rights report that the government wishes nine noted human rights scholars, including Messrs Riedel and Nowak as well as Ma's New York University mentor Professor Jerome Cohen, to come here from abroad in two months' time to make a review of, like foreign monks who chant Buddhist sutras better.

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<>There's one thing Taiwan did much better than that. Six of the 61 prisoners on death row were put to death on Friday, the Mayan doomsday of Dec. 2012. Of course, the executions were condemned by such foreign monks as Barbara Lochbihler, chair of the Sub-committee on Human Rights of the European Parliament; Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; and Roger Hood, professor emeritus of Oxford University who is giving lectures worldwide on the necessity of ending the death penalty.

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<>Well, there's one thing right these foreign monks did. They say the executions are against the worldwide trend. But doing something against the world trend isn't necessarily a wrong thing to do. Remember the capital punishment meted out to thieves in the 19th century in England, where both Baroness Ashton and Lord Hood live? As a matter of fact, many of those condemned to death were spared if they chose to emigrate to Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The world trend then was the imposition of the death penalty on theft, forbidden by one of the Jewish and Christian Ten Commandments: “Thou shalt not steal.”

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<>Permit me to be the devil's advocate. Christians have to obey that commandment just as they obey God. But God is often irate. Doesn't Dies Irae tell the Catholics that those unbelievers are cast to the Inferno on the Day of Wrath? Yahweh was so angered by the wickedness of people that He condemned to death all the people of Sodom and Gomorra except Lot and his daughters after He had exterminated all human beings of his own creation save Noah and his family as well as a pair each of all other creatures by the Deluge. So the Jews, the Catholics and the Christians have to follow in the footsteps of their Lord to put to death the wickedest ones of their own fellows to obey Him. Well, they did so by hanging the thieves and murderers as well. That's the world trend of yore but isn't the one High Priestess Ashton has pointed out, because the human rights movement is flourishing. Christian human rights fighters have completely forgotten their God condemns Sodomites and are advocating marriage of the same sex.

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<>The Chinese have a different religion, the one which isn't based on revelation, but they believe murderers have to be executed. The first emperor of the Qin Dynasty decreed too many laws that harassed the people in the third century before Christ, and when Liu Bang, who founded the Han Chinese Empire, took over the capital of the former, he promised to reduce them to only three, the first of which was death to murderers. At least 80 percent of the people of Taiwan still think that law has to be applied.

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<>Taiwan didn't have to publish a human rights report in Chinese or English. It's much ado about nothing to court human rights scholars, albeit the people of Taiwan don't mind Messrs. Riedel and Nowak, monks chanting their own “sutras” to like-minded others. But eight out of every 10 of us don't like them chanting their own sutras to force us to believe what they believe now, though their forefathers didn't.

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