Last year when the Olympic torched was passed from country to country, I kept watching all the protesters cry out to "Free Tibet." Trying to manage my own life, I just ignored what was going on, and thought it was another way for people to get attention on a global scale, after all, I don't have time to worry about Tibet and the Dalai Lama. That guy wears an orange robe, shaves his head, and wears funny beads. His teaching sessions are filled with mumbo jumbo talk, and his books are straight out of the Tibetan Buddhist regiment. Why in the world would I want to pay attention to that guy?
Well, after a long study of Tibetan Buddhism and it's relationship to Christianity, I uncovered the dirty facts surrounding the Chinese occupation of Tibet, and quickly found out about the atrocities still being oppressed in this tiny far east country.
It was 50 years ago that the Mao regime tried to erase almost three thousand years of history from the landscape of China. They marched from the City of Ya Nan to Beijing, destroying everything in the way. They turned the beautiful architectured pagodas into boring square buildings in order to bring all things to a communal communist society. They eliminated the educated class of people, so that all people in China might be of the same level of knowledge. And, they took all religions and began wiping any thoughts of God or Gods from the minds of the people in order to elevate Mao as the King of the Universe.
The Tibet issue has little to do with religion or the clash of religion, and more to do with the traditions of a people group. The identity of a people is being eradicated from the face of the planet, and there's no end in site.
The "Free Tibetan" cries are legitimate cries for freedom.
Imagine if a nation or people group came to your home and demanded you to deny everything you knew in order that you merge into their culture. What if someone demanded you live your life the same way they did? Would you hope that the global community simply brush aside the cries for your freedom?
Today marks 50 years since the clash of civilizations began. Here's a short history of what's going on.