“Soka Gakkai — Japan’s Militant Buddhists”
A very tragic story — and, perhaps, a valid anecdote about the Soka Gakkai in 1965.
However, Cebunet (and SG-eye’s) inclusion of it in 2001 is so intellectually dishonest as to be an outright lie. Here they use the requirement to purge the artifacts of other religions as an excuse for chastising the Soka Gakkai. Elsewhere on their sites, they chastise the Gakkai for abandoning that requirement.
The truth of the matter is that the purging of artifacts was imposed on the Gakkai by the Nichiren Shoshu priesthood. For Nichiren Shoshu to drag out an old article condemning the Gakkai for obeying the priests, and then condemning the Gakkai for it now, is the height of dishonesty.
Since splitting with the priesthood, the Gakkai has, as noted, become more tolerant. It is understood that a new member may not be totally committed, or that the other members of his/her household may not be joining the Gakkai. It is cruel, then, to require that the household be required to abandon all indications of its traditional beliefs. The member will, with time, realize the benefits of practicing Buddhism with the Soka Gakkai, and would probably then discard these things voluntarily; to require such faith from the beginning is unrealistic, and to make it a requirement for membership absurd. But this is what Nichiren Shoshu insisted on, and what the Gakkai did indeed practice in 1965. If Cebunet, SG-eye, and Nichiren Shoshu want to blame someone for this tragic incident, they could start with themselves.
Later on in part one of this book (it’s excerpted in 28 parts!) the author gives serious consideration to the idea that Japanese who were joining the Gakkai in great numbers were not actually Japanese, but belonged to some other, unnamed race. That’s as far as one has to read to get a feeling for the credibility of the book. But if you want to read all 28 parts, go ahead, and enjoy.
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Kyodo News Service (Japanese), May 15, 2001:(Similar stories appeared in the all major Japanese newspapers Yomiuri, Nikkei, Mainichi, Tokyo and Sankei Shimbun on May 16, 2001)
Nichiren Shoshu/SG-eye/Cebunet is well aware of all this, but maliciously and deceptively maintain the original story, as if that were the end of it.
More rebuttal of SG-eye: