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11:41 Sep 18 2009

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Dalai Lama discards cover of religious freedom
11:40, September 18, 2009  

When talking about Tibet the 14th Dalai Lama who fled to India in 1959, always claims that “Tibet’s unique culture and religion are almost extinct.” He once said, “I often mention religious issues and Tibetan liberty in the same breath because they are closely linked. Religious freedom will only become possible only liberty is restored in Tibet.”

The Dalai Lama associates religious freedom with the so-called “Tibetan freedom” -a disguised form of Tibet independence - because he wants to impose his religion on the whole of Tibet and restore the feudal serf system with himself as “both political and religious leader”. He has forgotten that some Tibetan people are not religious and some follow the Bonpo, Catholicism and Islam. Which religion is the Dalai Lama preparing to associate with the “Tibetan freedom” issue?

Judging from the Dalai clique’s persecution of Dorje Shugden followers, Tibetan people can only convert to his religion after liberty has been restored. As the Dalai Lama has associated religious freedom with “Tibetan freedom,” can Tibetans enjoy freedom without following his religion? The 14th Dalai Lama has clearly distorted the nature of religious freedom in order to attain his political goal and ambition of “Tibetan independence”.

He has discarded the cover of religious freedom.

Religious freedom is a basic right granted by the constitution that is enjoyed by every Chinese citizen. According to Article 36 of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), all Chinese citizens enjoy freedom of religion; no state organ, public organization or individual may compel citizens to believe, or not to believe in, any religion; nor may they discriminate against citizens who believe, or do not believe in, any religion; the state protects normal religious activities. Therefore, freedom of religion means that believing or not believing in a religion is a private affair. However, religious activities must be conducted in accordance with relevant laws because they involve social space and other people.

Constitutional provisions and laws relating to the protection of Chinese citizens’ religious freedom have been fully implemented in Tibet. Today, there are more than 1,700 religious venues including 4 mosques and 1 Catholic Church in Tibet, accommodating 46,000 monks and nuns. Different types of religions co-exist in harmony and all kinds of religious activities normally take place in this region. If there was no genuine freedom of religion then it would be impossible to do this.

So why does the Dalai Lama insist that there is no genuine religious freedom in Tibet? The reason is that the types of freedom are different. The type of freedom demanded by the Dalai Lama is absolute freedom above the law, and a disguised form of “Tibetan independence”.

In November 2008, the Dalai Lama’s private representative submitted a memorandum to the central government, claiming that by international standards, constitutional principles are interpreted to include freedom of belief and worship modes. Freedom means the right to set up and manage temples in accordance with relevant rules formulated by Buddhist temples; an academic degree system should be established and enrollment of monks and nuns at any age should be allowed; the state should not intervene in ordinary religious activities such as mentor link between monks, temple management and the reincarnation of the living Buddha.

Clearly, in the eyes of the Dalai Lama, freedom means the right to violate PRC laws and regulations, and the freedom of “Tibetan independence” in essence.

On the one hand, the Dalai Lama and his followers deceive many religious believers, confuse and bribe some of them and incite them to create all sorts of trouble. On the other hand, he uses the cover of religion, deceptive propaganda and support from anti-China forces to mould international opinion, gain sympathy from people ignorant of the true facts, and take every opportunity to create trouble for China. The Dalai Lama and his followers say that the control of a Living Buddha means controlling the temple, and controlling the temple means controlling an area. They try to use temples as bases to separate the country. They also tempt some monks into serving as pioneers in breaking up the country. The Dalai Lama deceives religious believers under the banner of religion, revealing his reactionary nature and dishonesty.

So it is not surprising that the Dalai Lama, who has always considered himself as religious leader, has discarded the “religious freedom” cover, because in his opinion, “if Tibet is liberated, religion in Tibet will also be liberated.” In other words, if the Dalai’s dream of “Tibetan independence” is realized, he will impose his religion on the whole of Tibet. Then, he the so-called “religious leader” would be able to recover the throne of a theocracy and continue to enslave and oppress the people of Tibet.

However, the Dalai Lama has forgotten one thing: The separation of religion and politics is an inexorable trend of social development. People of all ethnic groups in Tibet, who have thrown off the oppressors and are enjoying the protection of the PRC Constitution and religious freedom, will certainly not be constrained by the shackles of a theocracy again. The Dalai Lama’s wish to reconstruct the dark feudal serfdom of theocracy using the cover of “religious freedom” is nothing but a big pipe-dream.

By People's Daily Online

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