In “Redirecting Myanmar’s dominant faith to peace” The Christian Science Monitor reports that “according to a global ranking, Myanmar (Burma) is one of the most generous countries in terms of donating and volunteering, a result of a type of Buddhism practiced by a majority of Burmese. Yet this expression of outsize giving is not the image of Myanmar lately portrayed by its military’s harsh treatment of the minority Muslims…. On Sept. 11, the United Nations accused the military, which controls key parts of the civilian-led government, of carrying out ‘a textbook example of ethnic cleansing’ against Muslims, who call themselves Rohingya. Since late August, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled the country. The latest exodus is the result of an assault by the armed forces after a new militant group, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, attacked government outposts, killing more than 100. Many of Myanmar’s Buddhists, who have long feared that their faith is in jeopardy, consider Muslims to be ‘terrorists’ or a social threat.”
Ideas on this subject:
From the Bible:
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:
Christian experience teaches faith in the right and disbelief in the wrong. It bids us work the more earnestly in times of persecution, because then our labor is more needed.
—Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 29
Life’s ills are its chief recompense; they develop hidden strength…. When we are willing to help and to be helped, divine aid is near.
—The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 166
Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:
In “Blessed are the persecuted”: “The Bible shows us that God is Love. He who loves is expressing God’s allness. Through our prayer, let us magnify Love so fully in our thought and daily life that attempts of evil to humiliate or to destroy our character are neutralized.” And: “Sometimes persecution comes because of the spiritual standard we uphold, the values we respect, or the practice of our religion. But even as we courageously stand up for what we know to be right according to Principle, let us magnify Love in our thought and life. That will defeat evil.”
In “Fear has no power”: “When we believe fear is something we cannot help and that will not change until the circumstances producing the fear change, we find ourselves powerless to overcome either the circumstances or the fear. But when we see that we have the ability to stop being afraid, we are no longer victims of fear, and the circumstances associated with the fear can be overcome.” And: “The true idea of Mind is the Christ, which Jesus exemplified, and which we can express as we behold it. The belief that man is a victim of fear—a material personality clinging to his fears to justify his demands or to verify his sufferings—is but a dream. We can wake from the dream by confronting the false belief with the true idea.”
The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.