This is a short interview by Dr David Webster of the University of Gloucestershire with myself about the proposed interfaith marriage law in Burma. It appears on the University of Gloucestershire’s Video Resources for Philosophy and Religion Students.
I have written about this before. Then I suggested that:
‘The laws are being proposed on the premise that Buddhism is under threat from other religions. The ‘Interfaith Marriage Act’ is one of the ‘National Race and Religion Protection Bills’ that have been proposed by ‘Organisation for Protection of National Race and Religion’ (OPNRR), headed by Ashin Tilawka Biwuntha. It is clear from the context of the monastic debate that the monks wish to prohibit marriage between Buddhist womaen and Muslim men – it is then highly discriminatory with undertones of racism and Islamophobia.’