July 16th, 2012
05:29 PM ET

Prothero: Dalai Lama should condemn immolations

(CNN)– Stephen Prothero tells CNN's Suzanne Malveaux that the Dalai Lama should condemn immolation by Tibetans.

Read more of Prothero's argument here: My Take: Dalai Lama should condemn Tibetan self-immolations

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  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    July 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!'

      July 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  2. Beth Carter

    If the Dalai Lama were to condemn immolation by Tibetans, then the Jews must need to condemn Masada, too. Such well educated blindness as displayed by Mr. Prothero is yet another indication that intellect is not wisdom. Wisdom is an internal development which Mr. Prothero seems to have skipped entirely on his march toward infamy.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:16 am |
  3. China must be immolated

    And so as this witless "so called" writer.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  4. Muneef

    Burma,Myanmar, just has proven that Buddhism is not a religion of love and peace as we used to hear or been told..their love & peace religion is carrying forward extermination of Muslim minorities and immigrants..

    July 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • Twisty Turny

      There is nothing funnier than a Muslim complaining about how other religions behave badly towards them!

      You had a heaping helping of hypocrisy for breakfast, Muneef!

      July 17, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • Reality

      Who is trying to exterminate who:

      Islam's part as the exterminator:

      As the koranic/mosque driven acts of terror and horror continue:

      The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

      ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

      and more recently

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles. 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

      19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

      20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

      21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

      22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

      23) "October 4, 2011, 100 die as a truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of compound housing several government ministries on a busy Mogadishu street. It was the deadliest single bombing carried out by the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia since their insurgency began. "

      July 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • Beth Carter

      How overly convenient, which is the mark of willful ignorance. We all think it's terrible that after 9/11 sikhs who wear turbans found themselves facing prejudicial violence on the street from folks who were unaware of the differences is religious view, differences in lifestyles. We all know that we should not hate a group because of the acts of a few, yet in your view because Burma is having difficulties then whole of the Buddhist world is wrong. Not everyone who is blue-eyed is pagan, or Christian, or prejudiced. Not everyone with dark skin is a violent radical. I live near a Mosque and make sure the building and the people suffer no injury from local bullies whoever they may be. I am Buddhist. Each person must be weighed and measured by their own merits, what they do. Maybe one day you'll experience the difference first hand instead of by proxy.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  5. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    I saw a video of Prothero on YouTube. He looks and sounds gay.

    July 17, 2012 at 1:55 am |
  6. Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

    Whenever I have a difficult issue to wrestle with, I simply ask myself "What Would Prothero Do", and there is always the answer! Blessed be his wisdom and light, far superior to my own.

    July 17, 2012 at 1:15 am |
  7. Mickey1313

    Prothero would not know his azz from a hole in the ground.

    July 17, 2012 at 1:04 am |
  8. Reality

    How much of Stephen P's "immolating" cause will we have to endure????

    To wit:

    July 12th, 2012

    09:28 AM ET

    Comments (204 comments)

    My Take: Dalai Lama should condemn Tibetan self-immolations

    July 16, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
  9. UK Dave & my fellow scientists

    I'm perfectly happy!
    What are you?

    July 16, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
    • mafia don

      Sad! 🙁

      July 16, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
  10. UK Dave & my fellow scientists


    July 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • mafia don

      Things get meaner in America! 🙁
      Things get leaner in America! 🙁

      July 16, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  11. HeavenSent

    Doesn't really matter if they are not reading Jesus's Truth. They will burn, burn, burn in the end anyway.


    July 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • Just Claims, No Truth

      Your god is an asshat

      July 16, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • Mickey1313

      Believers in yhvh are the most ignorant arrogant people on earth.

      July 17, 2012 at 1:07 am |
    • scottieboynotfromaz

      It is me scott that writes for heavensent

      July 17, 2012 at 3:31 am |
  12. *frank*

    You're killin' me, Prothero!

    July 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  13. First!


    July 16, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
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