Many are uncomfortable with criticisms of Pope Francis or the Dalai Lama, as if it is disrespectful or offends religious liberty. When they speak on political issues, which they both often do, they are subject to the same scrutiny as any other political person. Neither has dispatched themselves very impressively, especially on the Rohingya genocide & they should be called out for it. Because deference to an eminent individual never preempts the interests of the oppressed. They influence millions of people & when they influence them to be indifferent, blasé, equivocal, or even collusive about genocide they need to be blasted even more than politicians because their stated mission is human morality. If they’ve lost their way, we need to guide them back through the pedagogy of harsh criticism. Amen.