It has been reported in The Irrawaddy and the Myanmar Times that Ma-Ba-Tha, the Burmese ‘organisation for the protection of race and religion’ have begun two weeks of celebrating the passing into law of the 4 so-called race and religion protection laws (Monogamy Law, Religious Conversion Law, Interfaith Marriage Law and Population Control Law).
In The Irrawaddy U Wirathu is quoted as saying:
‘Our victory will be written in the country’s history. With our victory celebration, we want to show our strength, and that our laws will likewise strongly exist in the country. We faced many challenges from the international [community], and even in the country, in passing these laws. If there are people who remain against these laws, we want to give warning: You will face punishment from the people, including the country’s monks.’
With Myanmar being named in the ‘World Giving Index’ as the most generous country in the world, this article, appearing in the Myanmar Times, suggests the possible reasons for its charitable status:
The Act of Giving
‘The World Giving Index, published annually by the British Charities Aid Foundation, aims to describe which countries have the most charitable behaviour – and, by doing so to encourage donations to charities around the world. In 2014 Myanmar tied with the USA as the highest-ranked country for generous behaviour. Given the economic disparities between those two nations, we might be surprised at that pairing – but perhaps not, when we consider how devoutly religious Myanmar is. But why, out of all Buddhist countries, is Myanmar considered the most benevolent? And considering that most religions promote charitable offerings, what is distinctive about Myanmar’s Buddhist attitude toward charitable behaviour that pushes it to the top?’