If you think yesterday’s post was wild, get a load of this. But first it must be said that, unlike yesterday’s takeoff, **this is not a satire.** (The Supreme Court of Canada did rule that true statements may not be made if the truth tends to be “hateful.” But I made up that bit about the vampires.)
The Chinese Communist occupation government of Tibet has ruled that Buddhist monks may not be reincarnated without first getting permission from the government. This edict was handed down in 2006; it has taken seven years for the story to come out. A minute’s search on the Internet will provide you with the details.
The government of China is officially atheist. Don’t ask me why they’re trying to regulate something which they claim does not exist. Maybe somewhere in the Chinese government there is a Michael Bloomberg who wants to regulate everything whether it’s real or not.
Gee–what’ll they do if somebody goes ahead and gets reincarnated without their permission? And wouldn’t you like to get your hands on one of those permission forms?
Somewhere in Washington, or on the New York Times editorial board, is someone just fuming with envy because the Chicoms can do this and he can’t.