Be Wary of the Fury Monks

or Is That a Knuckle Duster in Your Shoulder Bag or Are You Just Happy To See Me?

Check out the news about the Monk brawl in Thailand. I thought part of being a Monk was being resolved to finding non-violent means to ending conflicts?

One of the now defrocked monks, Boonlert Boonpan (something tells me this isn't his given name) also said he carried a knuckle duster (brass knuckles to you and me) in his shoulder bag. Um sorry, what? You carry a dangerous weapon with you at all times and you're a Buddhist monk? How does that jibe with your beliefs?

And the last bit from the article is gold. After being defrocked by senior monks (the battling monks were between 15 and 28 years old) ....Boonlert was unrepentant.

"If senators can fight in parliament, why can't monks?" he said.

To which I would reply, but Boonlert, you weren't in parliament, you were brawling in the middle of a street like common hoodlums. In your monk robes or frocks.

Maybe this should be filed under the "Didn't you read the rules of the sect" news?
And, as an aside, am I the only one that just loves the word "defrocked", it has such lovely connotations to me. Defrocking used to be one of our past times. Unless I'm mispronouncing it and the word is actually def-rocking and it refers to shitty metal bands like Def Leppard and Quiet Riot.
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