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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Although gold dust is precious, when it gets in your eyes, it obstructs your vision. (Hsi-Tang)

When Muslims get excited about blasphemy, whether it's Danish cartoons or desecration of the Qu'ran, there is a tendency to assume that this is something uniquely Islamic. Even when people are reminded that we had a prosecution for blasphemy here in Britain back in my student days, to say nothing of all the more recent unofficial protests by Christians over books or artworks deemed sacrilegious (Dan Brown, anybody?) they still tend to assume that OK, if it isn't just Muslims it's Muslims and Christians (generally categorising the Christians as a lunatic fringe while sweeping all Muslims into the net).

Buddhists are often cited by comparison as religious folk who don't get upset over blasphemy. Well, that myth can be definitely laid to rest, now that a Sri Lankan court has imposed jail terms (albeit suspended ones) on three French tourists for photographing each other in silly poses with statues of Buddha.

While not at all in sympathy with imprisonment for that kind of thing (see recent posts on Pussy Riot) I do wonder whether the tourists should be locked up for sheer stupidity, given that they (a) used old-fashioned chemical cameras to take the pictures and (b) had the films processed in Sri Lanka. Duh.....

Let's all sing along to this, from the Carolyn Hester Coalition (another album I used to possess back in my younger days). Enjoy the somewhat dated cover....

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