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Lions Roar : May 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2008 103 POP- AND SUBCULTURE SIGHTINGS BY ROD MEADE SPERRY FROM THE WORST HORSE’S MOUTH ROD MEADE SPERRY is editor of the Buddhist pop- and subculture website TheWorstHorse.net. FREE THE THREE! Celebrity is a disease, so celebrity causes are often suspect, but one cause celebre worth following—championed by the likes of comedian Margaret Cho, Metallica, Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, and punk godfather Henry Rollins—is that of Damien Echols and the two other members of the so-called West Memphis Three. After the 1993 murders of three local boys in West Memphis, Arkansas, the WM3 were scooped up as suspects and thrown into a whirlwind of trials, public scorn, and—of course—convictions. The evidence? Essentially, none. Granted, prosecutors uncovered some very dark things in the then-Wiccan and semi-goth Echols’ journals, but it was the highly suspect inter- rogation of the WM3’s mentally challenged Jason Misskelley, and the fact that the three young men listened to heavy metal and dressed in black, that put the young men behind bars. They’ve been there ever since. Echols, who landed on death row as the supposed ring- leader, has been a committed Zen practitioner for several years now. Luckily, he may finally be absolved, along with Misskelley and the third WM3 member, Jason Baldwin. In late October, their defense filed a 500-page mo- tion in federal court “with strong scientific evidence that all three men are innocent,” which included “DNA testing on dozens of pieces of evidence, analysis from the nation’s leading forensic science experts, and compelling witness affidavits.” The West Memphis Three have surely benefited from all the good that caring celebs have done—the case was even featured in the January 11 People—but they need all of our help to make sure justice is truly served. To get caught up, and to make a donation to the West Memphis Three Defense Fund, go to www.wm3.org. DHARMABURGER OF THE ISSUE CENT URY? In January, at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, carmaker Fisker Coachbuild unveiled a new luxury hybrid car called, yes, the “Karma.” You know co-optation is in full effect when the auto industry is getting in on the act. I’d lay dollars to doughnuts that the marketing team at Fisker never stopped to consider the “karma” that comes with the purchase of any luxury car—no matter how en- vironmentally responsible—when there are so many causes that would truly feel a positive ef- fect just from having a little excess cash thrown their way. How about, say, Students for a Free Tibet, the West Memphis Three Defense Fund, or your local sangha? BUDDHISM, ARE YOU READY FOR YOUR CLOSEUP? PART ONE Cropping up again and again in the mainstream media (CNN, The Guardian, and many more) are various Japanese efforts to give Buddhism a “trendy” appeal among the new generation. These included a “fashion show,” complete with monks on the catwalk, and stories of the ordained bringing dharma to local pubs. The reports made these efforts seem more than a bit out of touch, but at least Japan’s Buddhist establishment is trying. The thing is: “trendy” is probably not what’s called for, not when it comes to Buddhism. Art, for example, doesn’t have to be “trendy” for new generations to make it part of their lives. It merely has to evolve. If Buddhism is gonna make it in Japan (or here!) in the long-term, it might be up to those among us who love it so much that we want it— nay, allow it—to evolve. PHOTO©2008GROVEPASHLEY/WWW.WM3.ORG Damien Echols MAY 80-105.indd 103 MAY 80-105.indd 103 3/6/08 11:36:57 AM 3/6/08 11:36:57 AM