Sunday, October 15, 2006

Dalai Lama Says Muslim Terrorists are Simply "Mischievous" Like Some Christians, Jews and Buddhists

My post heading tells the whole story and it is a disgusting one. Unfortunately putting the quote in context doesn't help much either. Here it is (as cited by Reuters):
“Nowadays I often express that due to a few mischievous Muslims’ acts we should not consider all Muslims as something bad. That is very unfair,” the Dalai Lama told a news conference organized by a Rome university hosting him for a seminar.

“A few mischievous people you can find among fellows from all religions — among Muslims and Christians and Jews and Buddhists. To generalize is not correct,” he said.
Yes, I suppose we do hear about "mischievous" Christians cutting off the heads of little girls in Indonesia; "Mischievous" Jews cutting off the heads of Christians in Iraq, and; "Mischievous" Buddhists cutting off the heads of teachers in Thailand.

Or . . . maybe not. But the truth doesn't really matter to the Dalai Lama . . . as long as his words contribute to (as he puts it), "the promotion of religious harmony."

Ah, yes . . . "Mischievous!" Or, as one dictionary defines the word, "Playful in a naughty or teasing way."

Perhaps the phrase "Islamist terrorism" should now be replaced by the words, "Muslim naughtiness" and the phrase "War on Terrorism" by the words, "War on Mischievousness."

Now that's an inspiring phrase if I ever heard one! Thanks, Dalai, for the tip!