Tibet

How should Christians respond to the crisis in Tibet?

There is a crisis going on Tibet. The numbers are not important. Numbers only give precedence to what everyone already knows is the inhumanity and oppression the Chinese are imposing on the Tibetans. Even the Dalai Lama admits that he cannot and will not stop the violence. I want to talk about this here because it is not getting much mainstream media attention in lieu of Iraq and the presidential elections. The protests started when Buddhists monks who want a separate state for began peaceful protests that led to violence in much of Tibet and the surrounding regions.

Over at Khanya he talks about some of the connections between Tibet and Kosovo. While they are totally different situations, Steve does note that both of those nations dealt with separatist movements.  If you want China’s side of the story, and an interesting commentary on how Christians should we respond to culture, visit musings.  The Olympic games are going to be held in China soon–a symbol of the world’s unity amidst disunity in their own nation.  Should the United States visit a country that is in the midst of oppression and violence, or should the United States ban it?  I know there is not much Christians can do, but should Christians support the Olympics by silence, or speak out against the crisis until a solution is found?

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3 thoughts on “How should Christians respond to the crisis in Tibet?

  1. Thanks for the link – though I might say that I didn’t necessarily intend for the quote to be directed towards the Tibet issue.

    You know, it’s fascinating to watch the comments under news articles. I do research on China every day, and websites that allow comments are very revealing about the polar opposite mindsets about the issue. The Chinese seem to be shocked that the West is so angry. They genuinely do not understand WHY we are so insistent that Tibet should be free. I’m sure this is partly because of a lifetime of state-controlled media reports on the issue, but we should at least listen. Check out the comments on this article:
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article3689769.ece
    Kacie

  2. Sorry, here’s another comment. This article is from China’s main state-controlled English news. It shows the mentality, which is that Tibet is an internal rebellion. To just put up with a violent protest is to allow insurrection to become acceptable. They compare the quelling of the violence to the attempts of Abraham Lincoln to keep the US in one piece.
    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-04/12/content_6612118.htm

    There is validity to this statement. When there are multiple cultures within a country, there is always friction. This, however, does not legitimize an independence movement. I think that Tibet deserves more autonomy, and religious freedom. The West needs to pretty China to dialogue and be open about the issue, but there’s no need to boycott China. They have been changing by leaps and bounds in the last 50 years. I think our open trade relationship and even the Olympics is forcing China to care about international opinion. That is great, and will force change, even if slowly.

    China is not the big bad wolf, though. We are painting too evil of a picture.

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