Shannon Watts: the fake Buddhist?
Being someone that’s sometimes bored at night and decides to research our “lovely” political opponents, I came across this:
Why no, Simran and Shannon, I did not know that! Could you both tell me more?
I spoke with Shannon about her journey into activism, some of the challenges she’s encountered along the way, and how it all squares with her understanding and practice of Buddhism.
Singh: What about your spiritual and religious upbringing? How does that tie into your life journey?
Watts: I was raised by an agnostic mother and a deeply Catholic father. And he really hoped that I would be a devout Catholic too. Every Sunday I was in Church. I went to Catholic school. Every Saturday I was in catechism. We were surrounded in upstate New York by other Catholic families. So many of my friends were Catholic. But honestly, it never felt helpful to me. It never really clicked.
It wasn’t until my late 30s that I found Buddhism. It was always something that fascinated me, but it also seemed very off-the-grid. As you can imagine, my father was not really that supportive of my investigating Buddhism, but it felt right to me. I was already meditating and doing yoga and, you know, dancing around the edges – and then I started studying it and going to Shambhala and going on retreats. And that’s how I became more immersed in it.
Singh: Are there any ways that you see your Buddhist outlooks or practices informing your activism for gun violence prevention in America?
Watts: I have to say that the most interesting part for me has been the practice of keeping my ego in check. It is very easy to let your ego get out of check when people are doing interviews with you, or when volunteers think that you are somehow elevated, or when people are looking for your opinion or leadership. I can feel that in myself from time to time.
For me, these past seven years have been a huge exercise in the Buddhist teaching of non-self, that it is not about me at all and I am not any different than the volunteers working in this organization. That this is just my role, which is the tip of the spear, and that for reasons I’m not quite sure why – but this has been how I have been practicing for the past seven years (since founding Moms Demand Action).
Just to be clear, this quick article will NOT be an attack on the Buddhist faith, but rather will show how full of shit Shannon is (as if we didn’t already know that). After all, she’s been on a warpath against Christians lately and their support for guns and their politics. Two quick examples:
The pope isn’t the final say in what all Catholics should believe, Shannon.....
Anyways, lets go.
-“I was already meditating and doing yoga and, you know, dancing around the edges – and then I started studying it and going to Shambhala and going on retreats. And that’s how I became more immersed in it.”
Seriously? Doing yoga is “dancing around the edges“ of becoming a Buddhist? I think all of the REAL stay at home moms that hit up mid-day yoga classes at their local studio think it’s just a type of relaxing exercise (which it is).
-“I have to say that the most interesting part for me has been the practice of keeping my ego in check.”
Do we even have to go there?......
-“For me, these past seven years have been a huge exercise in the Buddhist teaching of non-self, that it is not about me at all and I am not any different than the volunteers working in this organization.”
Then why the bragging and book deals?
All of that stuff isn’t the point of this though. Let’s look at some Buddhist morals/teachings:
That’s fine, but the fact she’s using her religious (I use that lightly in terms of her) beliefs to disarm us all is not cool. She already has her goon squad believing that women are too irresponsible to be trusted with guns.
And to close this quick article:
Mom-at-arms was happy to catch her red handed at that:
Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts shared a fake photograph to attack GOP congressional hopeful Nick Freitas in a now-deleted Thursday tweet.
Freitas, an Army veteran, is running to unseat freshman representative Abigail Spanberger (D., Va.), who is backed by prominent gun-control groups, including Moms Demand Action. Watts, who founded the group in 2012, falsely accused Freitas of promoting a t-shirt that bears the Moms Demand Action logo, but features stick figures engaged in various acts of sexual congress and depravity. The Thursday tweet, which Watts has since deleted, included a fundraising plea in support of Spanberger.
Freitas responded to the attack Thursday, accusing Watts of engaging in "politics of slander" to bolster her candidate.
"Not only is this ‘tweet' verifiably fake, but she used it to slander my wife," Freitas said in a tweet. "If they can't win on issues, they engage in the politics of slander + personal destruction." He went on to ask Spanberger if she stood behind the "lies your allies @MomsDemand are spreading to raise money for you." Spanberger has not addressed Watts's tweet and did not respond to a request for comment.
The t-shirt in question was designed by Mom-At-Arms, a Second Amendment rights group, in April 2019. The photoshopped image Watts used showed Freitas promoting the shirt on August 30, 2016. Jill McDaniel, who founded Mom-At-Arms in December 2018, confirmed the shirt did not exist at the time of Freitas's supposed promotion.
According to founder Jill McDaniel, the group looked to "troll" Watts by sharing photos of the shirts paired with messages of support toward Moms Demand Action. The tactic proved successful—both Watts and Democratic Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto liked and retweeted posts featuring the shirt in August and November 2019, respectively.
In December 2019, Moms Demand Action sent Mom-At-Arms's t-shirt vendor a cease and desist letter for trademark infringement. McDaniel said her group did not make the shirt available for purchase to the public and donated all profits made from the shirt, a total of $10.49, to the Virginia Citizens Defense League.
So is Watts just a shit Buddhist or is she a shit person? I’m going with shit person, as only a shit person would convert to a religion and not follow its practices and beliefs (especially the 2nd most important one, which is don’t lie)......
To close, before Shannon hits Rubio over this, which was posted above,