“How Low Can They Go”
is a report, pulled from an SGI members’ discussion board, alleging that
an unnamed SGI leader “equated” terrorist attacks with High Priest Nikken.
Of course, we don’t know who the “leader” is, so we can’t verify that he
said this. And, we have no idea what is meant by “equated”: Did he say
Nikken’s teachings are the same as Osama Ben Laden’s? Or did he say the
terrorists used religion to blind people, as Nikken does? Or did he (or
she) say Nikken’s evil is of a different sort from that of the terrorists,
but both are evil? Or maybe something else entirely. We don’t know — it’s
the subjective judgment of the person making the report, and it’s impossible
to tell exactly what was said.
the other hand, while religious leaders the world over were offering condolences,
advice, and guidance, Nichiren Shoshu remained silent on the subject of
September 11, until the October 1st issue of Emyo,
the organ of the Myokanko that is published at the Head Temple:
this time, we should exert ourselves in seriously chanting daimoku and
practice thorough refutation — without being swayed by unjust oppression
from the slanderers of the Law even in the slightest — in order to avoid
the offense of complicity."
words, don't offer understanding and compassion to those suffering around
the world: be sure to inform them that they are wrong in their beliefs;
and in fact don't join them because doing so would be "complicity" — don't
accept the suffering of others as our own, but avoid it by "refuting" them.
article also implied that the terrorist attacks were caused by the inclusion
of the Komeito party in the Japanese government.
a New York newspaper became aware of the Emyo article and did a
story on it, the temple members were quick to disassociate themselves from
saying it is “not an official publication of Nichiren Shoshu” — even though
they have quoted it often, regarding it as being authoritative on any number
of subjects. They also stated that the article “was actually taken from
the office of the temple, and translated by SGI in the USA for use in their
propaganda campaign against the priests and temples on the internet and
their newspapers.” (Craig Bratcher on ARBN, 10/26/01).
other words, the cold, self-serving, inappropriate remarks of their High
Priest are the SGI’s fault!
“SGI Man in Tonga Loses half the National Budget”
is a story from The Tonga Star (reprinted in the Sydney Telegraph)
alleging that an SGI member disappeared with millions of dollars from the
Kingdom of Tonga.
here is the Tonga Government’s statement off of their website (Nichiren
Shoshu, Mr. Bratcher and the SG-eye people are aware of this definitive
rebuttal, but, of course, choose to ignore it, preferring rather to disseminate
what they know is untrue) :
MINISTER CLARIFIED TONGA TRUST FUND ISSUE
the past few weeks, there have been incomplete information concerning the
investments of the Tonga Trust Fund. Regrettably, this has led to different
interpretations and, as a consequence, they have caused much concern and
debate about the status of the Tonga Trust Fund investments.
wish to provide the following clarifications regarding the Trust
Tonga Trust Fund has a legal and prudent $20 million investment that was
due to mature in June this year, but it has had a temporary setback, which
has resulted in the need for a deferred repayment schedule.
soon as we became aware that the schedule of payment formerly anticipated
would not be on time, we immediately asked our financial advisor Mr. J.D.
Bogdonoff to explore other alternatives and possibilities. The Finance
Minister has traveled to California and the United Kingdom to explore these
interesting programme to which we are giving serious consideration, is
to restructure the investment arrangements in order to fully recover the
original investment, and to provide the Tonga Trust Fund with a higher
rate of earning.
members will appreciate, there are few investments of any type that are
guaranteed, especially those that provide high rate of earning.
I have stated, Mr. Bogdonoff and the Finance Minister have worked
to meet this challenge. Together with the managers of the
investment, Millennium Capital Management of America, they have been able
to secure a special insurance policy from Lloyds Insurance of London. The
Finance Minister has reviewed this policy with the underwriters in London.
He and the Trustees are even now completing our analyses to be as confident
as possible, that a sound and profitable solution has been found — and
one which has created an opportunity out of what was a potential problem.
this prospective solution, our entire investment, both principal and
are guaranteed. Under the same arrangement and another option which we
are considering, we are confident the Tonga Trust Fund — which is in fact,
a trust for the people of Tonga — will enjoy a substantial increase, that
will provide us security for many years to come.
another time, we will gladly discuss the operation of Tonga Trust Fund
and also provide detailed background on Mr. Bogdonoff, who has provided
us with faithful financial counsel for more than five years.
you have the commitment of Trustees of the TTF and of Government that the
Fund is under sound management, and we are committed to enhancing its growth
for the benefit of all Tongans.