When public debate heats up Mizzima reviews the landscape of opinion and prints the most poignant quotes in favour and against.
Do you think the Venerable U Wirathu used language unbecoming for a monk in his recent anti-UN speech in Yangon?
Oh, even an ordinary human being should not speak like that. A monk is required to control the three basic elements of character: behaviour, speech and thought.
If he can't control these fundamental three things, he will not be a monk. If he doesn't follow the rules that apply to monks, he will not be a monk.
If he doesn't like someone's opinion, he can disagree using polite language. He can speak freely about what he does not like and he can speak freely if he disagrees with what someone has said
But when he expresses himself, the language he uses should not include the kinds of words that even ordinary human beings rarely use. He is a famous monk and what he said was not appropriate.
U Pyinnyar Thiha, Shwe Nya War Sayadaw
I have not heard what was actually said. But according to the news reports that I have read, I think he lost his temper and was unable to control his emotions. A Buddhist monk should not utter such words, especially in public.
Al-Haj Aye Lwin, chief convenor, Islamic Centre of Myanmar
As a monk, he should not use rude words that are not in harmony with culture and religion. If a famous monk expresses his opinion in such a way and others disagree it could lead to a situation where there is a confrontation. A famous monk should not speak out like that even though we support freedom of expression. I was astonished by what he said.
U Soe Myint, Editor-in-Chief, Mizzima Media Group
I saw it in the headlines but I think it is meaningless and worthless so I did not read any more. These kinds of words are inflaming tensions. We want to live peacefully. Every religion teaches tolerance, loving-kindness (metta) and peace. Religious leaders should follow these teachings. The words that were used were inappropriate.
Daw Yin Yin Maw, chair, Religion for Peace, Women Network
I am very busy with the new hluttaw session and I don't have time to read a newspaper or journal. I don't know what he said, so I cannot comment on it.
U Win Myint, spokesperson, National League for Democracy
From the Dhammapada
He who is not free from taints of moral defilements (kilesas), who lacks restraint and (speaks not the) truth, is unworthy of the yellow robe.
The Dhammapada, Verse 9 (as translated in a volume published by the Burma Pitaka Association in 1986)