American Humanist Association: “India vs. China”
On the issues of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, and religion, the Chinese government actually has a very large constituent of compatible ideological “supporters” within the U.S.. Recently, the American Humanist Association (AHA) blogger, Luis Granados, published two articles: “India vs. China: Part 1” and “India vs. China: Part 2.”
In part one, Granados rejects the Dalai Lama’s recent admonishment of China about religious harmony. Here is how he starts off his article:
The Dalai Lama was sounding off again a few days ago, this time recommending that China should learn about religious harmony from India. “When I see conflicts in various parts of world I try to tell them that people belonging to different races and following different religion can live in harmony.” He boasted that India was known all over the world for non-violence and religious harmony, adding that “People in China very much need to know this.”
What on earth is he talking about?
In “India vs. China: Part 2“, Granados weighs in on modern Chinese history involving Tibet. He talks about “house churches” in China and China’s success in Separation of Church and State as compared the U.S.. Again, I invite you to head over to AHA for a read and judge the information he presents for yourself. He concludes:
I’m not a propagandist for the government of China. It does a lot of things that are simply despicable. But when it comes to its attitude toward religion, if we open our minds, we just might learn something. Enormous freedom of worship, with almost no religious violence or God expert interference in politics or policy making. There’s a lot to like about that.
AHA is dedicated to the Separation of Church and State and has a very large following in the U.S.. Here is AHA’s stated mission:
We strive to bring about a progressive society where being good without gods is an accepted way to live life. We are accomplishing this through our defense of civil liberties and secular governance, by our outreach to the growing number of people without traditional religious faith, and through a continued refinement and advancement of the humanist worldview.
Everyone knows that the Chinese government is decidedly secular. So, I find it not surprising that people like Granados and like-minded Americans end up evaluating certain issues in similar fashion, and ultimately, even for issues that are so close to home for the Chinese.
In my opinion, the Chinese government has a very natural compatible ideological “support” base in the U.S. (or the West) if it can continue to maintain complete separation of church and state. That is an ideal the West generally strives for too.