1AngryOldLesbian.org seeks assistance from the Dalai Lama

“It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act.” – His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

By Cathy Kristofferson, February 4, 2015

Once again, 1AngryOldLesbian.org will demonstrate outside the National Prayer Breakfast (NPB) early Thursday morning. But this year, we heard news that His Holiness the Dalai Lama had agreed to attend!

20150204_085831smWe wondered if His Holiness was aware of the truth behind his host, The Family (a.ka. The Fellowship)? Did he know the breakfast is essentially a marketing and recruitment event for a bigoted fundamentalist Christian group, or know about their incitement of discrimination against gays, or know about their involvement with previous NPB participant David Bahati author of Uganda’s Kill-The-Gays Bill, or that the Fellowship believes a needed subject of prayer is “to pray down the demonic strongholds of Buddhism and Hinduism.”


Or more likely as happens every year with Presidents and congressional representatives cow-towing to the “beliefs” of the bigot hosts, did he accept the invitation thinking the event was simply a wonderful display of religious unity. Respectfully, we inquired, at the Office of Tibet in D.C.

Had he considered that his mere presence would lend legitimacy to an event whose host’s activities are shrouded in secrecy? Would he speak out against their bigotry?

Today we delivered to His Holiness a letter accompanied by a copy of Jeff Sharlet’s book “The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power.”

Our letter:

“Respectfully, His Holiness, The Dalai Lama

Tomorrow you plan on attending the National Prayer Breakfast organized by the Fellowship.  The Fellowship, also known as The Family, is a secretive group that has had a tremendous influence on domestic, and more importantly, international affairs.

We fear that by attending the National Prayer Breakfast, Your Holiness will lend legitimacy to an event whose ideas and practices are contradictory to American and Buddhist ideals of equality and high ethical standards. The Fellowship is a conservative religious group known for inciting discrimination against the gay community worldwide, most notably in Uganda. The author of Uganda’s so-called “Kill The Gays” Bill, David Bahati, has attended the National Prayer Breakfast and its associated private meetings at the invitation of The Fellowship.

You have said “It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act.”  Therefore we request that you speak out against the religious bigotry and discriminatory practices of the organizers of the National Prayer Breakfast.

We know that our request could be considered rude, though we do not in any way intend it to be.  We hope Your Holiness can have a positive impact on The Fellowship. (Though we remain hopeful, we are not evolved enough to believe a group this evil can be changed.)

As we are not experts on The Fellowship, which is an extremely secretive group, we are giving you Jeff Sharlet’s book “The Family,” which exposes The Fellowship.  It will help to illustrate our concerns.  In an interview after the publication of his book, Sharlet spoke of visiting a “Family” house where Senators and Members of Congress live here in Washington; the current subject for prayer was “to pray down the demonic strongholds of Buddhism and Hinduism.”  (emphasis added)

Thank you very much for listening to our concerns. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance.

We hope that Your Holiness enjoys your stay in Washington D.C.”

Video will be posted soon!

Here are links to two Jeff Sharlet interviews that best explain our issues:

  • Amy Goodman on Democracy Now :  http://www.democracynow.org/2009/8/12/sharlet
  • The Rachel Maddow Show :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F3nDIdHcnE (2:55-5:23, if you only have a couple of minutes)
Tomorrow we will be standing out front of the breakfast with our “Love Not Hate: Stop Killing Us” banner and ever present rainbow flags. Come on out to The Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave, at 7am and join us!

2 thoughts on “1AngryOldLesbian.org seeks assistance from the Dalai Lama

  1. Pingback: Bigotry with Breakfast | 1 Angry Old Lesbian
  2. The Bigot at Breakfast.

    The bigot should know now, before he or she goes any further:

    Religion started in the east; In fact everything started in the east.

    Nothing started in the west. “to pray down the demonic strongholds of Buddhism and Hinduism.” Is American fundamentalist bullshit; the work of Satan.

    That poor devil is also put to the pin of his collar by the Bible thumper’s, No wonder non of them ever got into heaven.

    There is no good reason not to assume that Jesus and Mary Magdalen spent the period known as the ” Missing Years ” in India. Where else would they go for safety and spiritual succor but to the holy land of Krishna and Buddha.
    When the life of the ‘ Young Messiah ‘ was threatened by some powerful people in his community, it makes sense that this young man with a major spiritual mission in the pipline, would travel to India for safety and spiritual sustenance. There his young family would be safe. He himself would learn from seasoned teachers the pit falls that await the advent of a great spiritual process.
    Of course India represented a vastly more advanced culture socially and spiritually.
    The two would be getting away from the restrictions imposed by the social mores of there ancestral home. It was incumbent on Jewish men and woman to marry early and start a family; They would chose they’re own time for all that.
    India, the land of the Buddha, Krishna. India the land of the Siddhas was a must for a person blessed with a mission to lead his people out of darkness.
    India was awash with enlightened minds since the time of the Buddha Skakyamuni 500 years before. To this very day spiritual searchers flock to India for blessings from the gurus, or spiritually enlightened teachers. During the time of Jesus and his wife Mary Magdalen India was even more of a spiritual melting pot. The two would imbibe that life for 15 odd years.
    Mary Magdalen was predestined to become her husbands primary spiritual repository.
    Thus she brought herself her children and the essence of her husbands teachings west.

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