Monday, July 15, 2013

WAT THAI MUNICH AND THE FALLEN BUDDHA (cont.)


The overturned Buddha image in Munich, Germany continues to spark public debates about the rightful display of a religious image in Germany and abroad. After the initial protests which were called by Wat Thai Munich, there have been protests in Bangkok in front of the German embassy and elsewhere. Coverage in Thai newspapers, the Bangkok Post and various German newspapers made the shameful piece of "art" in Munich more public.

A meditation protest was called for last Saturday in front of the Buddha statue by Lotus Sangha – German Buddhism of the Yun Hwa Denomination of World Social Buddhism and Wat Thai staged another public protest last weekend, making bystanders and people who just passed by aware of what happened here.

I have written another protest note to the mayor of Munich, Christian Ude, without getting a reply yet. As he is running for the prime ministers office in September's election, it will for sure cost him my vote! How could I vote for a politician who violates my religious feelings!

The next phase of the public debate will now happen on Tuesday 23rd July in Munich's city museum. At 19:00 a public debate is scheduled to happen where people can voice their opinion on how their religious feelings are harmed by the display of an overturned Buddha image. ... to be continued...

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