Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Minnesota Legislator Attacked for Comments About Buddhism

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
Minnesota Rep. Arlon Lindner has drawn criticism for recent comments regarding a planned appearance by the Dalai Lama before the state legislature. ÒAs a Christian, I am offended that we would have the Dalai Lama come and speak,'' said Lindner in an e-mail to colleagues. In the correspondence, Lindner said that Buddhism is considered a "cult" and that he would not attend the joint session planned for May 9. The e-mail immediately drew harsh criticism. ÒHis comments are appalling,'' said Rep. Geri Evans, a member of the Twin Cities planning committee for the Dalai Lama's visit. The Dalai Lama, who arrives in Minnesota on Monday, is the religious and political leader of the Tibetan government in exile and is based in India. He also is meeting with Governor Jesse Ventura, as well as conducting several public events on May 8 and 9. (From Crosswalk)

Hats off to Lindner! Anyone in government bold enough to stand up for his or her Christian principles deserves our prayerful support.

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