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BBC:A New Zealander and two Burmese men have pleaded not guilty to charges of insulting Buddhism in Myanmar.

The trio, who ran a bar in Yangon, are accused over a flyer promoting a drinks event depicting Buddha with headphones.

The image triggered an angry response online shortly after it appeared on the bar's Facebook page.

Burmese law makes it illegal to insult or damage any religion. Myanmar, also known as Burma, has seen growing Buddhist nationalism in recent years.

The flyer from VGastro Bar showed Buddha with his eyes shut, wearing large headphones, and surrounded by lurid colours.

The flyer advertised a drinks afternoon with limitless alcohol and shisha pipes.

Buddha is a jealous, angry and oppressive guy?


He always looks and seemed so happy.

Posted by: Howie at 08:54 AM


1 More like the rightwing military dictatorship that runs Myanmar wanted payoffs from the bar
Culture always trumps religion

Posted by: Righter at December 19, 2014 09:41 AM

2 I disagree in many of these countries in that area, the reaction to Sharia laws against conversion of Muslims to other faiths have been settled via the route of similar laws protecting also protecting Hindus and Buddhists against conversion to Islam or Christianity.

Freedom is better, the freedom for each faith to compete on its own merits.

Posted by: Tony Montana Political Refugee From Cuba at December 19, 2014 10:22 AM

3 It's hard to imagine an actual Bhuddist being offended by this image. I go with the payoff theory.

Posted by: Valerie at December 19, 2014 10:24 AM

4 I go with the theory that most of the world is populated by ignorant primitives no matter which idol or stone they worship.

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at December 19, 2014 11:20 AM

5 That pic looks hilarious!

I agree with Valerie - I find it hard to imagine that Buddhists would be offended by this. It's extremely mild.
I work with a Buddhist guy (from Sri Lanka) and he is very laid-back about Buddhism. He and I have joked about it (especially the bit where Buddha left home when his first child was born. He must have thought "oh no - nappies (diapers) - I'm outta here.....").

Buddhism is as much a lifestyle as a formal faith/religion.

Posted by: shadowman at December 19, 2014 04:37 PM

6 Correct. This is about a payoff not religion.

Posted by: Odins Acolyte at December 19, 2014 05:00 PM

7 I would like to try that bottomless margarita. I'm sure it's not great, but I bet I won't remember it the next day anyhow.

Posted by: gork at December 19, 2014 06:34 PM

8 It's part a local thug wanting his vig, part that a white devil is part owner of the pub (so an easy target for the rent-a-mob).

If you're foreign and have any capital in Burma, *shrek voice* this is the part where you run away.

Posted by: Zimriel at December 20, 2014 12:49 PM

9 If they want to come for my old Lou Christie 45, on Buddah Records, they'll have a fight on their hands!

Posted by: The Sanity Inspector at December 20, 2014 04:04 PM

10 Note a law exists which applies to insulting not just one religion.

The perps pleaded guilt (meaning they had a court hearing and werent just killed by a mob while the authorities either looked the other way or carried out the 'execution' themselves.)

Would have been useful to say what the penalty is (versus your usual muslim stoning/beheading/hand chop/ etc...)

Posted by: naverlift at December 21, 2014 09:27 AM

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