Saturday, April 08, 2006

Dalai Lama Visit Provokes Born-Again Hysteria

File under: The Siddhi of PR

An impending visit by the Dalai Lama to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota has ignited the paranoia of local Christian leader Jan Merkel, who says she fears for the spiritual safety of the patients there. [Ed.note: We know. The last few days have been slow for guru news, folks.]:
[S]he knows the Rochester clinic is a place where many people go as a last resort when they have exhausted all other hope for treatment of their diseases. Because of this, the Tibetan Buddhist leader's impending visit is "a disaster waiting to happen," she contends.

"You've got hundreds if not thousands of people like that, in that mental state," Markell observes, "and then along comes this false prophet, who probably is going to give them some kind of lie because he represents everything that has to do with the New Age movement."

The bottom line, the ministry leader says, is the need for people "to pray for this thing that's going to happen on April 17."
The incredibly small-minded fundamentalists never cease to amuse with their exceedingly facile expressions of ignorance. You may as well hire the local kindergarten to produce the rhetoric. It would probably be a vast improvement over what this shrill old biddy just came up with in an obvious attempt to get some more attention for herself at the expense of the Dalai Lama and the patients at the clinic.

5 Comments:

At 4/08/2006 2:35 PM, Blogger CHUCK said...

All fundementalists go to hell!

 
At 4/09/2006 1:49 PM, Blogger harlemgrrl said...

why are people on the one-and-only-path so effing fearful of people and ideas that don't equal their own? i mean if your answer is the only right answer, would you really need to panic because a different point of view exists AND will be expressed?

by their screeching you shall know them...

 
At 4/09/2006 4:25 PM, Blogger jacflash said...

Because their "right answer" requires you to squint and work really really hard at not thinking too much about the obvious weirdness of it all, so anything that might knock those doubts into consciousness (thus damaging the believer's self-identity) has to be attacked.

 
At 4/10/2006 6:38 AM, Blogger ontheotherhand said...

Religion is such a pain. Born again Christians afraid of the Dalai Lama and so trying to keep him away from their ill. Buddhists and Hindus and Muslims afraid of Christians appealing to those not welcome in temples or mosques because they are outcaste, and so outlawing conversions. Hindus afraid of Muslims blowing them up (again). Muslims afraid of the Hindu majority taking their rights to live outside of Indian laws away. Muslims in Africa afraid of darker Muslims, so they kill them. Religion is really, literally a pain. Imagine no religion.

 
At 4/10/2006 8:31 AM, Blogger facedog said...

Exactly, jacflash! Having been raised as a fundementalist Christian, I can still feel how much desperate energy went into trying not to allow doubts to come up. This is much easier when there are devils around to focus on, such as members of other religions.

 

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