Originally posted by Freeborn
Many, of not all, Buddhist and Hindu Monks are celibate yet we hear very few stories of Buddhist of Hindu paedophilia.....therefore I thinks it's
reasonable to assume that even though celibacy may not help the situation, and in my humble opinion is highly 'unsual', it can not be seen as the
primary cause of the apparent high number of cases of paedophilia involving The Roman Carholic priesthood.
Well, we don't hear a lot about Buddhist or Hindu monks, period, since those faiths really aren't given any serious time by American or European
press - they don't worship the Whitest Jew Ever, and they aren't scary people with bombs, so not much attention is paid to them. Really the only
Buddhism or Hinduism that gets covered in western media is the watery self-help / New-age crap you find in the states.
"Duh i like, believe in a higher power, and like stuff, but church is uh like boring and stuff, so I'm like a Buddhist and junk I guess."
However, there's a little bit worth mention. Slightly tangental, but since I'm a liberal, a lot of people make some assumptions about my views,
including that I give a flying damn about the Dalai Lama. Hell no. Screw that old turd, China's the best thing to happen to Tibet in four hundred
years. My logic? The Lamas of Tibetan Buddhism were some of the most brutal rulers you've ever heard of. In addition to the good ol' medieval
traditions of maiming and torturing the peasants, these dudes would engage in what amounted to rape roundups - they would go into the lands they own
and pick out the women, men, and children they wanted as "acolytes" - whose first duty was to satisfy the sexual desires of the monks.
Zen buddhists in Japan also had a catamite tradition. And I can't imagine that Hinduism has been any different in its seven thousand years of
Just 'cause you don't hear much about it doesn't mean it's not there. it's not exactly something that gets advertised.
That suggests to me that it is more of a cultural and social problem rather than something specific to any individual religion or even religion
Oh, absolutely. Though personally I would ascribe it to religion in general, and religions with priesthoods of any sort in specific. Religion is, at
its most basic, a system where people believe that Something Far Far Away is listening to them. if you add in a priesthood, they become the conduit
between you and Something Far Far Away. Since they talk to Something Far Far Away on your behalf, you want them to say nice things. And since most
religions have terrible, terrible punishments in store for anyone who gets on the bad side of Something Far Far Away, there's that much more
incentive to be sure your priest is very happy with you.
As I said though, it's a power trip thing