In the National Prayer Breakfast which was held in Washington, President Obama was making a speech and in his speech, he recognized Dalai Lama as a good friend. Beijing keeps on objecting to this statement of Obama because China was the one who took over them when Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, was exiled starting from the year 1959. Despite this, Obama kept on having spiritual meetings with Dalai Lama privately.
The topic of the talk was not only about the good friend Dalai Lama, but also things concerning the violent acts which were inspired to be done for the sake of religion. Protecting your own religion and praising your belief is not at all bad but this becomes troublesome when violence is being done and justified by the people in the name of their faith. From the school of Pakistan to the streets of Paris, all are being affected by violence for the reason of religious beliefs; even to the ends of Europe this is being experienced.
According to the president, no god condones terror. This means that no matter what your religion is, there is no justification for crimes being committed. It is alright to profess your faith and stand up to your faith but violence should not be included in portraying it. President Obama also said that people should push back the pessimistic ends of religion, because we are not trained to do that. It is true that we should be protecting our own religion but not to the point of bashing others and committing crimes. Even during the Crusades and the Inquisition, terrible crimes are being committed and the name of Christ is being put to jeopardy as the reason for such crimes being committed. This is the only time that President Obama and Dalai Lama attended the same public event, both praising each other for their credibility and what it means to practice compassion.
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