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1 hour ago, kotsak said:

Matthew 23:13-39 springs in mind..

I always think this is funnier.

John 11:35: Jesus wept

 

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51 minutes ago, bangrak said:

'Islamist group goes after Mahomed-Ultraman artist...', hum, hadn't expected anything better from that intolerant bunch, but, hey, wait, wait, no, ...this is about a Buddhist group! Also nationalists, may I guess, friends of coupist armed forces, possibly, and supporters of the dictator himself, probably? Quo vadis, 'Thailand'...? 

Police ,Armed  forces, Temple.....no difference in any of them, corrupt  to the core.

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'Thailand has millions of foreign visitors every year, and they could perceive the religion in a negative light due to these paintings, he said.'

 

Any religion that goes fundamental will be perceived in a very negative light. Seems Thai buddhism is going that way. Buddha would probably kick their <deleted> for idiocy.

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5 hours ago, bangrak said:

My Thai wife is a true Buddhist, ...she avoids temples and monks as much as she can.

What about your other wife?. The non Thai one ?

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'Ultraman Buddha' art in Thailand prompts police complaint

By Panu Wongcha-um and Panarat Thepgumpanat

 

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Paintings of Japanese superhero "Ultraman" with Thai-style Buddha's head are seen in Bangkok, Thailand September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Pakorn Porncheewangkul

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A group of Buddhist hardliners in Thailand filed a police complaint against a young female artist on Wednesday over paintings that depict images of the Buddha as the 1960s Japanese superhero character Ultraman.

 

The complaint over four paintings, displayed last week at a shopping mall in northeastern Thailand, highlights the emboldenment of ultra-conservative Buddhist groups that seek to go farther than establishment religious authorities in combating perceived threats to their faith.

 

Buddhism, followed by more than 90% of Thais, is one of three traditional pillars of Thai society, alongside the nation and the monarchy.

 

The painting was removed from the exhibition last week and the artist - a fourth-year university student whose name has been withheld for her safety - had to publicly apologise to northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima province's chief monk in front of the provincial governor.

In the past, that might have been the end of the incident.

 

But on Wednesday, the hardline group Buddhist Power of the Land said it had filed a police complaint against the artist and four others involved in the exhibition, on the grounds that comparing the Buddha to an action figure was disrespectful.

 

The group wants the five prosecuted under a law against insulting religion that allows imprisonment of up to seven years.

 

"The paintings dishonoured and offended Buddhists and harmed a national treasure," Buddhist Power of the Land representative Charoon Wonnakasinanone told Reuters.

 

The group also wants the paintings destroyed.

 

Under Thai law, police must investigate a complaint and recommend whether there are grounds to pursue criminal charges, a process that usually takes at least seven days.

 

ESTABLISHMENT VS HARDLINERS

Thailand's official Buddhist authorities oppose criminal charges against the artist.

 

Pongporn Pramsaneh, director of the Office of National Buddhism, told Reuters he considered the matter closed after the public apology.

 

"Whoever want to take legal action, we will not get involved," Pongporn said.

 

Few have been jailed under the law, though there have been some cases of fines, including against tourists with Buddha tattoos or souvenir statues.

 

The artist could not be reached for comment, and the shopping centre that held the exhibition declined to comment.

 

The paintings were all sold last week, and one of the buyers has decided to auction it for charity. Bids had reached 500,000 baht ($84,819) as of Wednesday, with the proceeds due to be donated to a hospital.

 

"The paintings have shown the differences in this country between conservative and progressive Buddhists who based their belief on Buddhist teachings rather than attachment to objects or rituals," said Pakorn Porncheewangkul, the owner of the painting being auctioned.

 

CHANGING VIEWS

Surapot Taweesak, a Buddhist scholar, said the controversy showed the reforms of Buddhism that took place under the previous military government, which aimed to clean up temples and the monkhood stalked by scandals, have failed.

 

On the one hand, some Thais feel that the religion is less relevant to their daily lives. And at the same time, a reactionary hardline movement has arisen that sees Buddhism as under threat and in need of defence the religious establishment is not providing.

 

The trend also sparked a Buddhist nationalist party, Pandin Dharma Party, modelled after similar political movements in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, which contested July's elections under the slogan of Buddhism under threat.

 

"In the Ultraman case, the law is dragged in instead of a normal debate," Surapot said. "This case reflects the insecurity felt by many monks and followers about their religion."

 

(Writing by Kay Johnson; Editing by Alex Richardson)

 

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"Let he without sin cast the first stone!"...……..Any takers?

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These people and their taking offense at anything and everything. I would love to say "Jes** ******", but maybe Holy Moly is best!

I personally think it is cute and the artist had only great intentions.

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13 minutes ago, PatOngo said:

"Let he without sin cast the first stone!"...……..Any takers?

I might be in with a chance if it was "he who has most sin cast the first stone"

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4 hours ago, RichardColeman said:

I'll tell you the real reason for the upset - Ultraman is Japanese - not Thai. Bit like putting Nicola Sturgeons head on Queen Vic !

 

On a side note I wonder if I'm the only one on TV that collects Ultra Monsters  (ex wives not included)

You are wrong. My friend Sompote Saenduenchai who founded Chaiyo Productions (also called Tsuburaya Chaiyo Co Ltd) based in Thailand was jointly responsible for creating Ultraman. I have known him since 1994 in the early days of Ultraman. The rights to everything Ultraman outside Japanese territories was supposedly given by his partner Eiji Tsuburaya, to Chaiyo Thailand. However there have been ongoing court battles between Tsuburaya and Chaiyo over individual Ultraman characters over the years with damages awarded to both sides. Ultraman has always been predominately Thai, with Thai artist and animators.

 

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