US Army Buddhists Celebrate Vesak at Fort Lewis
An announcement recently circulated for Fort Lewis about the upcoming Vesak day, which
encompasses the birth, the Enlightenment, and the passing away of Gautama Buddha.
The announcement notes the invitation by US Army Chaplain Somya Malasri, who was the Army’s second Buddhist Chaplain.
There are a variety of faiths represented in the US military. Not every one has a Chaplain at every installation, but they are all given the support of the military and its Chaplains to ensure the free exercise of their faith. Likewise, Chaplain Malasri is entitled to advertise and promote his faith’s services, just as Christians can use official channels and materials to announce Easter services or Muslims can Ramadan.
Even that, though, won’t be enough to convince some conspiracy theorists that Christians get special treatment and are trying to take over the world…
Via the Buddhist Military Sangha.