Buddhist Federation of Norway Protests Depiction of Buddhist Women in Television Program

The President of the Buddhist Federation of Norway, Egil Lothe has written to the World Fellowship of Buddhist complaining of “distorted journalism” by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Mr Lothe said that on November 23, 2010, the station broadcasted a programme which purportedly denigrated Vietnamese Buddhists living in Norway by implying that Buddhist women are inferior to men.

In one segment, the presenter insinuated that “the Buddha believed that women were mentally inferior to men and unable to comprehend and practice his teachings.”

The Buddhist Federation of Norway (BFN) has reacted strongly against these untrue and denigrating statements regarding the Buddha and the Buddhist religion. To date, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation has yet to issue any statement with regards to this controversy.http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=70,9852,0,0,1,0

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