I've always been proud of my religion. Buddhism has long been praised as a religion of peace and its followers are reputed to possess a highly tolerant attitude towards people of different faiths. That's why there are hardly any reports of inter-religious conflicts in history involving Buddhists.
Sadly, this fine reputation is now being badly damaged by our fellow Buddhists in Myanmar who seem to be haunted by the spectre of Islamic domination. Islamophobia has been whipped up to the point where Buddhists have gone berserk on several occasions, killing and injuring members of the Muslim minority in their midst, burning mosques, looting and destroying large numbers of shops and homes.
According to a recent report by a human rights group, 250 people, mostly Muslims, lost their lives and nearly 250,000, again mainly Muslims, were displaced during a string of clashes between Buddhist and Muslim residents of dozens of towns in Myanmar over the past two years.
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