Although I find some Westernized Buddhist philosophy interesting, I have not made that mistake about Buddhism. I previously criticized the Dalai Lama for being a homophobic theocrat-in-exile, for example.
Burma is a Buddhist nation behaving badly:
The military regime in Burma is intent on wiping out Christianity in the country, according to claims in a secret document believed to have been leaked from a government ministry. Entitled "Programme to destroy the Christian religion in Burma", the incendiary memo contains point by point instructions on how to drive Christians out of the state.
The text, which opens with the line "There shall be no home where the Christian religion is practised", calls for anyone caught evangelising to be imprisoned. It advises: "The Christian religion is very gentle – identify and utilise its weakness."
Its discovery follows widespread reports of religious persecution, with churches burnt to the ground, Christians forced to convert to the state religion, Buddhism, and their children barred from school.
Human rights groups claim that the treatment meted out to Christians, who make up six per cent of the population, is part of a wider campaign by the regime, also targeted at ethnic minority tribes, to create a uniform society in which the race and language is Burmese and the only accepted religion is Buddhism.
In the past year, an estimated 27,000 members of the predominantly Christian Karen tribe were driven from their homes in eastern Burma.
Just as True Islam is a religion of peace, True Christianity had nothing to do with the Crusades, and Torah-True Jews would never beat a woman for refusing to sit in the back of the bus (really), I'm sure what the Burmese government is doing is not in accordance with True Buddhism.
Oh, and Christians? What Burma's doing to Christians is persecution. Being forbidden from erecting huge monuments to your religion on public grounds is not.