This for all intents and purposes should be a headline from The Onion, but alas, I am afraid to report that it is all too real. Fitting from a country that once filed an official complaint concerning supposedly ‘hostile’ and negative press in the U.S., when the offending media outlet was actually The Onion, which they mistook for ‘real’ press. The parody must have struck a real nerve. Here they show how beyond parody such paranoid autocrats really are.
In one of history’s more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. According to a statement issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, the law, which goes into effect next month and strictly stipulates the procedures by which one is to reincarnate, is “an important move to institutionalize management of reincarnation.”
But beyond the irony lies China’s true motive: to cut off the influence of the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual and political leader, and to quell the region’s Buddhist religious establishment more than 50 years after China invaded the small Himalayan country.
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