Do the various racist or xenophobic movements in countries with Buddhist majorities (mainly in South East Asia) usually claim to base their prejudice (against other religions or ethnic groups) on Buddhist religious texts or some other kind of Buddhist religious doctrine?

A quick search finds that Buddhist monks are sometimes involved in such movements. It's not terribly clear if they claim to have some Buddhist religious doctrine backing them up.

  • I don't know, but given that it's de rigeur for bigoted people from other religions, I guess I'd be surprised if they didn't.
    – Obie 2.0
    May 20 '19 at 2:14
  • Anecdotal, but if you go to Buddhist conferences in Europe you'll quickly run into some rather disturbing anti-muslim rhetoric. Also, there's more than one branch of Buddhism. May 20 '19 at 5:03
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    @Denis de Bernardy: Isn't that rather like saying that if you went to a Jewish conference, you might hear a bit of anti-Nazi rhetoric? Nor do I see what's particularly disturbing about the quote at your link. Would you care to argue that Islam is NOT "...antithetical to freedom of speech and women's rights"?
    – jamesqf
    May 21 '19 at 4:11
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    @jamesqf: I've had the unpleasant experience of having been dragged into one of Olé's talks, and later met him face to face. The quotes on wikipedia are surface level stuff. There was a lot to dislike about Olés lengthy rants on Islam, and if they don't qualify as instilling prejudice in crowds then I don't know what does. May 21 '19 at 4:31
  • Isn't it a bit loaded question? I mean contemporary western discourse is secular and obsessed with issues of racism / xenophobia. If it is used as reference point then practically everything (including western past itself) is "shockingly" full of xenophobia and religious justified ideologies.
    – Shadow1024
    May 21 '19 at 8:16

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