200,000 Buddhists Celebrate Shoton Festival

http://english.cri.cn/12394/2015/08/15/3441s891808.htm

More than 200,000 Buddhists and other believers on Friday thronged Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, for the start of the traditional Shoton Festival.

It kicked off at Drepung Monastery, the largest monastery of Tibetan Buddhism’s Gelug Sect, where a 40-meter-long thangka painting of the Buddha was exhibited.

Buddhists from around Tibet started to gather in Lhasa from the small hours of Friday. Migmar, a young Tibetan, arrived at 2 a.m. with some family members and neighbors.

“Exhibition of the Buddha painting is a very important occasion, on a par with New Year,” he said.

After breakfast at a nearby restaurant, Migmar walked to Drepung and waited for the thangka to be unveiled by monks.

At around 7 a.m., lamas started to carry it to the monastery main hall. Believers hurled ceremonial white scarves on it and prayed. People recorded the rite with their mobile phones.

“This is the first time I’ve come to see the exhibition of the Buddha, who I pray to for health, happiness and a good harvest,” Yangdron said.

The Shoton Festival, also known as the Yogurt Banquet Festival, is a week-long gala held since the 11th century.

It was originally a religious occasion during which locals would offer yogurt to monks who had finished meditation retreats. This year’s festival will be held from Aug. 14 to 20.

Local authorities used 150 buses to ferry believers around and introduced traffic controls for the busy period around the start of the festival. Free bottled water was offered, and doctors were on standby for emergency situations.

Quebec bill targets “people who write against the Islamic religion”

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2015/08/quebec-bill-targets-people-who-write-against-the-islamic-religion

“Bill 59 assigns new powers to the Quebec Human Rights Commission (QHRC) to combat hate speech, as well as a variety of other provisions meant to protect against extremism, by censoring speech that promotes ‘fear of the other.’ Ominously, the bill would allow the QHRC to pursue websites that in its estimation describe and denounce Islamism….Jacques Frémont, the commission’s president, explained that he planned to use the requested powers to sue those critical of certain ideas, ‘people who would write against … the Islamic religion … on a website or on a Facebook page.’”

Come and get me, coppers. Bills like this effectively stifle honest discussion of how jihadis use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism, and to make recruits among peaceful Muslims. Legislation of this kind reveals why Islamic supremacist groups such as Hamas-linked CAIR and the purveyors of the “Islamophobia” myth so assiduously and relentlessly labelany opposition to jihad terror and any discussion of its motivating ideology as “hatred”: they know that understanding of the importance of the freedom of speech is breaking down in the West, and the concept of “hate speech” is gaining wide acceptance among people, especially young people, who don’t realize what a weapon that concept would be in the hands of the powerful to silence dissent. They know that Useful Idiots like Jacques Frémont are busy helping them remove obstacles to their ultimate goal, and so they pat him on the back applaud his “resistance to bigotry.”

“National Post View: Quebec hate speech bill would re-establish bureaucratic despotism,” National Post, August 15, 2015:

In mid-June, when Quebecers’ thoughts were more attuned to summer plans than politics, Premier Philippe Couillard introduced two new bills in the National Assembly. One was long anticipated and non-controversial (in Quebec). The other was a bit of a bombshell.

The first, Bill 62, would shore up “religious neutrality” in Quebec. Its principal provision, the proscription of face coverings in the public sector, is largely pointless but relatively mild, as curtailments on religious freedom go, compared to the broader ban on religious garb the Parti Québécois had contemplated.

Bill 59, on which consultations are to start next week, is far more worrisome. Bill 59 assigns new powers to the Quebec Human Rights Commission (QHRC) to combat hate speech, as well as a variety of other provisions meant to protect against extremism, by censoring speech that promotes “fear of the other.” Ominously, the bill would allow the QHRC to pursue websites that in its estimation describe and denounce Islamism.

The bill takes its inspiration from recommendations made public by the QHRC in November 2014. Jacques Frémont, the commission’s president, explained that he planned to use the requested powers to sue those critical of certain ideas, “people who would write against … the Islamic religion … on a website or on a Facebook page.”

Frémont is an unabashed legal activist, who sees the QHRC’s mandate as “provoking a social change” and “making the law.” (“You will make the law with difficult cases, risky cases,” he said at a March conference at the Université de Montréal.) In support of such stringent censorship he cites resolutions adopted by UN bodies. But the only UN body pressing for this measure is the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, an Islamist consortium that equates criticism of Islam with hate speech. The OIC’s member nations have nothing to teach any democratic society in the way of “inclusion,” “openness” and “living together,” all justifications for Bill 59 made by Premier Couillard.

The details of Bill 59 are chilling. Article 6 would “give the QHRC the power to initiate legal proceedings before the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal without having to wait for complaints from the public.” Article 3 allows members of an identifiable group as well as people outside the group to make complaints triggering suits for hate speech before the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal.

If this has a déjà vu quality to it, it should. Bill 59 would pave the same well-travelled road to suppression of speech and opinion that led, via the similar Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, to the infamous pursuit of journalists Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant by Muslim activists determined to stifle normative expressions of opinion. The public’s disgust at such bureaucratic despotism happily led to its repeal at the federal level….

USC false rape accuser: Diana McAndrews

http://gotnews.com/breaking-black-usc-football-player-lives-in-park-thanks-to-fake-rape-claim-reinstated/

GotNews.com has exclusively discovered the name of yet another fake rape hoax artist: Diana McAndrews.

USC tight end Bryce Dixon was falsely accused of sexual assault at the University of Southern California and was expelled in May but on Wednesday Judge Robert H. O’Brien granted attorney Mark Hathaway’s motion to stay USC’s expulsion of Dixon.

On October 23, 2014, the then 18-year-old freshman Dixon had consensual sex with a 22-year trainer Diana McAndrews.

McAndrews worried about the budding relationship because sex with players is frowned upon. In addition her father is a professor.

She tried to hide her developing relationship for other reasons too: shame.

McAndrews first told her boyfriend about the sexual encounter and said it was consensual, according to a court filing presented Wednesday.

The boyfriend wasn’t called as a witness even though he had exculpatory evidence that cleared Dixon.

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Matthew E. Duffy Urges The Making Of Criminal False Allegations To “Swat” Roosh

http://www.returnofkings.com/69289/matthew-e-duffy-urges-the-making-of-criminal-false-allegations-to-swat-roosh?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

On Friday, Return of Kings proprietor Roosh revealed that Matthew E. Duffy had incited those planning to attend the “Demonstration against Rape Culture” in Toronto and others to “swat” Roosh and his supporters. Not only is this an egregiously criminal act, faking the need for tactical response teams or otherwise heavily armed police squads, it also risks the public safety (and lives) of broader members of the community. This is aside from just Roosh and his lecture audience.

To boot, Matthew E. Duffy is perfectly content for those in emergency situations, such as seriously injured car wreck victims or people bleeding out on a street from gunshot wounds, to have critical reactions to their plight delayed by made-up calls about a writer’s peaceful lecture to a few men. His incitement reeks of callous indifference, narcissism, and depravity.

In other news, the Montreal address that obsessive compulsive “Twitter activist” Sara Parker-Toulson used to dox Roosh has now, unsurprisingly, been vandalized. She, “Jennifer” and others easily foresaw that such a doxxing would result in potentially serious damage to both property and person.

They took the risk and the fallout should not shock anyone. This is exactly the sort of climate that false rape threat accuser Aurelie Nix, Parker-Toulson and their band of fellow hate mongers, including Jessica Lelièvre, intended to create and have indeed created to disseminate their twisted, extremist message of banning peaceful free speech.