29 November, 2021

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Fashion Bug Attack, Gota, BBS And The Anti-Muslim Hatred

By Kshama Ranawana

Kshama Ranawana

Facebook is full of posts from Sri Lankans thanking the eight countries that voted against the United States sponsored UNHRC resolution that censured Sri Lanka on Human Rights violations. Considering the wave of anti-Muslim hatred being unleashed by the so-called patriotic forces in Sri Lanka, it’s ironic that several of those that supported the country in the final vote are Muslim countries.

Those who believe that Sri Lanka has been wronged need to look beyond the Sri Lanka can do no wrong ideology. The UNHRC resolution is pretty lenient, asking only for a “credible form of domestic accountability.” Sri Lankans should be grateful for this watered down resolution- which indicates that the so-called “foreign interventionists” are even now willing to give the country more chances. However, if the current trend to openly suppress religious minorities continues, Sri Lanka will certainly be facing stricter censure.

Instead of posting “thank you’s” on Facebook, those who are pained by the UNHRC resolution should be banding together to stem the vile behavior of the Bodu Bala Sena and their supporters. That would definitely save Sri Lanka from digging itself into a deeper pit than it is in already.

The Sinhala community has valid concerns. They fear the spread of Muslim exclusive schools and the introduction of Sharia Courts in Sri Lanka. They also worry about Buddhists converting to Christianity. However, whipping up the public into a frenzy and taking the law into their hands will not resolve the issue.

It has taken the attack on the “ Fashion Bug” group of companies for the Rajapaksa regime to wake up from its slumber and condemn those who fan communal and religious hatred. Secretary to the Ministry of Defense  Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and the government information department have issued statements warning of legal action against those who carry out such attacks or spread anti-religious or communal sentiments. What prevented the government from arresting those who have been spreading such venom these past months?

Those leading the attacks on religious minorities are a fringe group; one that appears to have Ministry of Defense Rajapaksa’s blessings. After all, he attended the opening of the groups’ training centre. Despite the controversial nature of the BBS, the fact that the powerful Rajapaksa, who has the huge security forces apparatus at his disposal, officiated at a key ceremony gave the impression that with a nod and a wink, he approves of their extremist philosophy.

And who is to blame for the trouble? The Rajapaksa’s once again flog a dead horse, the one that has been used ad nauseam since this regime took power; “local and foreign elements against the country are attempting to destabilize the peace and reconciliation……” Why not arrest the leaders of those groups who have been regularly spewing hatred on stage and on the airwaves? Are they not disturbing the peace of the country with all the speeches they have been making against Muslims and Christians? By the Defense Secretary’s own admission, it is these very same people who are working against the country! How ludicrous then to ask that people report to him personally about those who are fanning anti-communal and religious ideology? If one were to accept the argument of the State, then it is these extremists who must be hand in glove with the “foreign” hand. Where is the “unpatriotic” label that the government and its supporters use to tarnish anyone they perceive as not abiding by their version of politics?

Four individuals, the alleged culprits who vandalized “Fashion Bug” are reported to have been arrested, even as I write. Are they the real culprits or are they scapegoats? Will we see the appointment of yet another Presidential commission, the report of which, like so many others before, may never see the light of day?

It is reported that the attack on “Fashion Bug” took place following a meeting at a nearby temple. During this meeting, allegations were made that a Muslim employee of that establishment had raped a Sinhala Buddhist girl. Should we be adopting mob mentality in resolving the issue? Stoning and attacking the employees of Fashion Bug is similar to the behavior of those in some Muslim majority countries where the slightest provocation would result in the physical and psychological abuse of those who are not of the Islamic faith, behavior that has, in some cases, resulted in death.

Reading the speeches and articles of those defending the rights of Buddhists, it is clear that they want a mirror image of Muslim majority countries in Sri Lanka, where those of other faiths, are declared infidels and have little or no rights.

During the four years my family and I spent in Pakistan, I was often accosted in public and admonished for not covering my head. We dared not eat anything in public during the month of Ramazaan for fear of censure.

Attempts to build an Anglican church and Buddhist temple were thwarted many times, by religious political parties similar to the Bodu Bala Sena, until the enlightened government of the day intervened and granted land within the diplomatic enclave to build the temple.

Is that what we want for Sri Lanka; a country where minorities must live in fear?

Buddhists are now discouraged from working for Muslim owned businesses; in doing so, Buddhists are paving the way for Muslims to hire only Muslims.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs recently stated that legislation would soon be introduced to ensure that only original teachings of the four main religions- Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity would be practiced in Sri Lanka. Now, that would be an interesting exercise. How or where do we start? Buddhist ritual, as practiced in Sri Lanka is so deeply entrenched in Hinduism. On Buddhist holidays, greeting cards are sent out to friends and relatives in a manner copied from the Christian custom. Similarly, other religions in Sri Lanka have co-opted customs from each other and from Buddhism as part of the healthy contamination that occurs when different cultures live together. Adam’s Peak/Samanalakanda, for instance, is a perfect example; it is a shared symbol of faith and pilgrimage between different religious origin stories. What will we declare as authentically ‘Buddhist’, ‘Muslim’, ‘Hindu’, or ‘Christian’? More importantly, who will decide authenticity? Religion has been heavily influenced by cultural practices, and to declare one branch of it pure would be to deny the right of another.

In Pakistan, the Ahamadiya’s have been declared non-Muslim; the Sunni’s and the Shia’s are at eternal loggerheads. When the Shia’s observe Muharram the government deploys the police to protect them from the Sunni’s. We witnessed many processions of the Sunni’s chanting “Kafir, kafir, Shia Kafir” (Shia are infidel). The world witnessed not so long ago the carnage that resulted from the Hutu-Tutsi conflict in Africa.

A Sinhala only Act drove away a large part of the Burgher community and was one of the main issues that caused tension amongst the Tamils. Leaders of the Sinhala and Tamil communities acted selfishly, playing to their constituencies instead of forging a united country. The result was a conflict that has left wounds and pain that will last for many years to come. The current situation should also serve as an eye-opener to Sinhala Christians who opted to hide behind their Sinhala identity in the Sinhala –Tamil ethnic conflict. Sri Lanka’s Muslim’s too used that conflict to their gain never realizing that they would be the next target. None of the communities in Sri Lanka have attempted to genuinely forge a Sri Lankan identity; we grew up with and still hear the “anti” rhetoric, whether it be Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim or Burgher.

It is crucial that Sri Lankans understand that the country is a in a post-war situation and that the root causes for the ethnic conflict remain unresolved. The triumphalism of the government has helped to bring to the surface the majoritarian ideology that has been simmering amongst the professional and educated class for many years.

On a holiday to Sri Lanka in 1996, we were dismayed by a dinner table conversation that took place at a friend’s home, where guests were unanimous that Muslims should not be allowed to further expand their businesses in the country.

Radical speeches of those such as the Bodu Bala Sena have resulted in many Christians and Muslims being harassed, their places of worship attacked and now Muslim business establishments too are not spared.

The monks leading the charge in Sri Lanka are the same purveyors of outrage that you will see in the shrill sloganeering of Muslim extremists in Pakistan, the Shiv Sena in India and the Koran-burning Christians in the United States. While such ideologists will always be around, it is the responsibility of governments and the saner elements of society to hold them in check.

If not, then this is the beginning of a slippery slope once more. In Pakistan there are no more Hindus and Sikhs in significant numbers for the extremists to slaughter. So the majority Sunnis go after the minority Muslim Sects and the poor Christians.

So in the BBS driven Sri Lanka where will society head? Once the Muslims are cowed – as the Tamils are now, the few anti-Christian skirmishes may well blow into major incidents –Then after that, what? The Sinhalese who believe that Sri Lanka belongs only to them can start annihilating each other; they can begin with the Kandyan versus the other Sinhalese and, when that is done, kill each other over the supremacy of their castes.

When the Ministry of Religious Affairs has figured out which form of Buddhism is the “perfect” form, they can begin slaughtering everybody who does not adhere to that prescribed format.

What a future we prepare for ourselves when we refuse to learn from history.

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    This needs to be translated to Sinhala.

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      Good piece! DIVIDE, DISTRACT, DESTROY (Sri Lanka’s multicultural social fabric) and RULE is the Rajapakse Brothers endgame.
      Let there be no mistake, the Rajapakse Brothers and their Military Dictatorship is the TRUE ENEMY WITHIN Sri Lanka today and the people of Lanka must unit against them and fight for regime change.
      The UNP headed by Dictator Ranil Wickramasinghe is also culpable as are the rotten politicians and political culture in Sri Lanka today for the Rajapakse military dictatorship that is looting and mortgaging the country.
      The Lankan people need to be looking outside the box, beyond the current POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT for political and cultural change – to the younger generation – to talented and intelligent men and women from outside the DIRTY POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT and PARLIAMENT that carries on business as usual having illegally impeached the Chief Justice. Kumar Sangakkara may just be what we need. I would vote him for Lanka’s next President!

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        Hey, start the Facebook Campaign for Kumar Sangakkara for President – all the youth who have lost hope in the education system and are leaving Sri Lanka in droves will vote for him – to give the filthy Rajapakse vermin and their pet poodle Ranil Wickramasinghe and the whole rotten political establishment installed in the Diya-wenna Parliament a run for their money!

        We tired of listening to Rajapakse’s fantasy conspiracy theories about the minorities and international community being the enemy. Infact it is the Rajapakse Brothers and their military dictatorship who are Sri Lanka’s worst enemies TODAY, just as the LTTE was the worst enemy of the Tamil people!

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          Good move. Kumar for President with go viral on FB

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            It is not a matter of Kumar Sangakkara been appointed as President. But to find out who is manupulating Sri Lanka’s politics and political power base.

            Everybody knows that it is Buddhist Preletes with the power base of 75% of Buddhist population and with a 70% of village population that controls Political power base in Sri Lanka.

            That is why Knowing the usefulness of Buddhist Prelates, Rajapakses visit Pansalas on daily basis giving and fulfilling everything what the Buddhist preletes want.

            That is why when the country and it’s people including the CJ was Impeached, the Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe is Kept silent.

            That is why Gen.Sarath Fonseka say that Sri Lanka belongs to Sinhala Buddhists.

            That is why President is been withheld by not allowing to implement the 13 amendment or the LLRC recommendations.

            That is why Minority rights, freedom of doing business, freedom of free speech, freedom of Judiciary and others been restricted.

            That is why the newly formed BBS as a third force been implemented to secure continous Buddhist dogma.

            That’s why you can see if Rajapakses participate for any noted educated forums, Professional or any committees with status of guest as for any International or educated, intelligent or professional Forums.

            There is absolute nothing that Rajapakses know in meeting Interlectual standings other than taking a “Mal Wattiya” flower basket to a Pansala on Daily Basis.This is where he discuss and plans his daily economy, political, religious and minority issues.

            I still feel sad for British given our country to govern by our own Sinhala Political crooks who ever ruined it from Independence with the influence of Sinhala Therawada Buddhist Radical Philisophy.

            I still feel sad how and what British did when the gave us Independence and the mistakes both T.B.Jayah, G.G.Ponnambalam and S.J.V. Chelvanayakam did…………….
            http://www.ask.com/wiki/Sri_Lankan_Tamil_nationalism

            Therefore it is not a matter wheter Kumar Sangakkara or whoever becomming the President……but to understand the root cause the Power house and the manupulations, influence and threats been put upon the President by the invisible hand.

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          General Shavendra Silva could return and remove the helping hambantota dogs and they know it and are trying to move him from UN to South Africa?

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        An excellent suggestion to promote Kumar Sangakkara for the Presidency. We are all tired of these self serving present breed of politicians what ever colour they may belong to. A word of caution , even with Kumar the present constitution which concentrate absolute power on to a single individual should be revisited and powers diluted with accountability. At the same time I feel sorry for poor Kumar.

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          How do you know Kumar is not going to be a self serving politician
          according to my understanding he already prove he only think about $$$$’s

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        Dear Don,

        could you please refrain from mentioning any names for the sake of security of that person unless s/he is an enemy. Can you remember what happened to General kobbakaduwa. History repeats itself. My idea is people like Kumar Sangakkara should never come to the dirty game of politics for the sake of their loved ones and fans.

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    A no nonsense, down to earth article. The ultimate cleansing of the motherland, painted so clearly.

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    I’m much younger to you Kshama but I really appreciate that there are people like you who have ‘SRI LANKAN’ identity and would stand up for whats right!

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    Not all muslims are terrorists, but al-qaeda make them all? look bad.
    Not all Buddhist are racist,but BBS & GOTA make them all look bad.

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    I hate to say it Muslim didn’t think in 2099 they are next

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      pasel, believe it or not i said to muslim supporters of sinhala bloggers in “topix”, ” once they ( sinhalese ) finished with tamils they will start on you “. this was probably in 2009 or 2010.

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    “they want a mirror image of Muslim majority countries in Sri Lanka, where those of other faiths, are declared infidels and have little or no rights.”

    Will the ACJU or other Sri Lankan Muslim organisations ever condemn such activities? ,Rather they have been endorsing such activities by their actions and emotions.

    In this context ,One can imagine If BBS fear ever comes true,what rights non Muslims will have in a Muslim majority Sri lanka.

    Not only Buddhist fanatics but also Muslims have to mend their ways

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    Although mostly a sensible article the author attempts to balance her criticism of one side with some frivolous remarks.For example the author refers to Muslim exclusive schools. It is absurd to refer to such schools because the many Buddhist exclusive schools deny admission to Muslim students. If those rejected students end up joining mushrooming private international schools they are branded Muslim exclusive schools. While the many issues she refers to regarding Pakistan are true, she had not cited similar problems in India with regard to minority religions.

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      Excuse me .Justice seeker , which Buddhist school has excluded Muslims . Name and shame them if you dare.I attended a Buddhist school and there were Muslims tamils Burghers in the school. I cannot say the same for the exclusive Tamil or Muslims schools or Universities.

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        Sarojini,
        You must live under a rock if you do not know that many public schools do not take students who are not Sinhala Buddhist.Look around and pay attention and you will also see the reality.

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        Madam Sarojini,
        I saw your comment rather belatedly. So don’t go away with the idea that you are correct. You must be living in a world of your own. Do you want me to list Buddhist schools that deny admission to non Buddhist children including Muslims.Ananda Vishaka, Colombo,Dharmarajah, Mahamaya Kandy, and so on. The only Muslim child if ever they had admitted is that of a powerful politician who uses sheer political power.

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      Here is one such article which talks of the concerns of the Buddhists.

      http://www.dailynews.lk/2013/01/12/fea03.asp

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        Shenali Waduge has written a series of Islamophobic articles attacking Muslims even WHEN BBS was inflaming their hateful rhetorics like Nero playing the fiddle when Rome was burning. Mr. Karim has answered all these false allegations.

        Ms. Ranawana should have have the courtesy of mentioned those replies. Instead, she give has attached the link which make me suspicious about ms. Ranawana’s intentions.

        We should be talking about Muslims who are SRI LANKAN citizens. Why involve bad examples of other countries?

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          riza, have you noticed that shenali waduge [Edited out] lanka toilet web publishes her articles. she writes a load of bollocks. her articles range from attacks on india, tamils and now muslims. her articles are meant for the consumption of sinhala buddhist fanatics and extremists. she is a frustrated woman who walks about with a chip on her shoulder. i don’t take any notice of her aricles. she just repeats the same old story many times over like an old woman. i think shenali’s condition is further aggravated by the deprivation of various shapes and sizes. besides her there are several other sinhala fanatics contribute to lanka toilet web. most of them live abroad but their comments are as racist as some of the locals. i guess these geezers are victims of racism in the countries where they live and they in turn become racist against the minorities in sri lanka.
          lorenzo or whoever is another ignorant monkey makes a load idiotic comments on lanka toilet web. i should mention about another thicko called asoka weerasinghe from canada. he is another ignorant monkey well known for writing open letters to presidents, prime ministers , foreign ministers and ministers. i wonder who takes notice or read his open letters apart from a few fanatics on lanka toilet web.

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            The Red-Head Wooduge and company on the Dole taking refuge Down Under in Lanka’s Toilet web is mildly describing the vagabonds hanging about there wallowing in their own filth. A bunch of losers, should not be given any prominence; instead identify them as enemies of humanity. This shit site blocks those who challenge them.

            SV (one of their own) – Posted on February 11th, 2011 Lankaweb.

            If teachers are corrupt what would you expect the students to be? Buddha lived by example and did not commit any act contravening to Vinaya even in secrecy. Well if Emblipitiya Bhikkus grow their own Marijuana what do you expect Embilipitiya people would follow? If Bhikkus keep women in our citadel Anuradhapura and build houses for them and keep families, you need not go any further. If Bhikkus serve liquor to laymen, what example do they show? If sick monks in hospitals have sex with nurses… well the list never ends! Corrupt Bhikkus existed even during Buddha’s time and latter times and they were chased away but that is a thing of the past as the powerful Chief monks in Sri Lanka are the biggest crooks, patronized by corrupt politicians and the rich.

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      Yep.. The Author (Must be an Indian/Origin) Conveniently forgot the Butchery Banditry and Barbarity perpetrated by her co-religionists?? in India.. where a State Institutionalized racism prevails against the Muslims of India and the Dalits.. (check the BBC and ABC Australia News Reports) and oh..not to mention the Hindu/Catholic exclusive Schools in sri Lanka..

      You’re as much Guilty as those Racist BBS.. No Difference..

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    The regime seems intent on pursuing the path of failed states such as Pakistan and Myanmar who are in the throes of ethnic disharmony and terrorist activity. After going through 30 years of ethnic disharmony and blood letting we seem about to enter yet another bout of xenophobia, this time against muslims and islam. The results are predicted by the Buddha, but some of his followers seem to think otherwise:-

    Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox.

    “He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me,”— in those who harbour such thoughts hatred will never cease. “He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me,” — in those who do not harbour such thoughts hatred will cease. For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time: hatred ceases by love, this is an old rule.

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    Sinhala and Tamil translations of articles like the above are an absolute necessity. Let the people at grassroots level know what is exactly happening and the inherent dangers.
    ‘the boys’- as the LTTE were first called were encouraged and blessed by the tamil community in the beginning for espousing a cause. They became a monster.
    the JVP had similar roots-they were a just rebellion. They became a monster too.
    Unless the sinhalese realise that the BBS and other organisations like them are going the same way, they too will become monsters out of control.

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    With the rising C-O-L and the electrical shock the masses got from the new minister of Power – Pavithradevi Wanniarachchi with median middle income famillies to get 100-130% increses of their monthly bill, Ratapaksha Troica need something to get the masses kick off and this is how they act with the BBS attacking the communal harmoney among regions.

    All this is coordinated by the big Goat brother the vegetatrian that we know on the face of it.

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    So well espoused by Kshama, who brings real life experiences of discrimination and hatred. This is extremely important. Many of our extremist jounalists especially extract ideas from texts and attempt to analyse. Kshama, your’s is well written, real life, analytical and also draws from historical reality.So you arrive at a justifiable conclusion. These must be translated and disseminated, not only through the virtual media, where lots do not have access, but printed and distributed.

    We Sri Lankans have not learnt from history. What is the mental block? That needs to be analysed.The rulers exploit this, more than any other aspect.

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    The BBS are essentially against the English language journals/media and speaking intelligentsia, as they fear exposure through rational and intellectual reasoning, and further percieve these institutions as threats to their cause. Their main motive is to hijack the rural masses intellect and secure allegience towards their outlandish agenda of Sinhalization. They want the masses to be reduced to blind allegience without questioning nor reasoning. Typical to N.Korea’s Kim-Il-Jung’s rule. It is quite amazing what the human mind will do if repeatedly bombarded with misinformation. Sense of reasoning gets thrown out and blind belief sets in, to such an extent the masses believe that propagators are like dieties themselves. Anyone who raises the slightest objection is castigated publicly amidst vulgar cheering and ridicule. O God, what is happening to my country? Where are we getting dragged into?

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    Authors of sensible articles always cater to the English speaking elite who are mostly enlightened.Extremism is fed to the Sinhala,Tamil speaking massess.Hence there will never be an enlightened and empowered citizenery to keep the violent extremists in check.Colombo Telegraph and other moderate publications should take steps to translate these articles into Sinhala and Tamil.

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      Along with the nutty bits of ‘points-to-ponder’ quotes from the deranged commentaries of the Jury posts in the upper house of the ‘Crime Tribunal’ journalism, against the stoicism of the stokes of state sponsored terrorism.

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      As always, Colombians like Sunila assume the language of the elite is English and those who speak English are ‘mostly enlightened.’ That means, all those taxi drivers and payment hawkers and the unemployed that speak good English in very many African countries are enlightened. Sunila must tell us, why Human Development Index in Sri Lanka where less than five percent speak in English is in par with Singapore whereas the said countries are categorised far below Sri Lanka. And how come Japan where not even 1% speaks English is at top? If we go by Sunila and the like, even the idiots who may not be able to express well or cannot comprehend a sentence in their mother tong but speak and write a bit of English like many commentators here are positive thinkers. What a slave and WOG mindset?
      Leela

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    Super article….TRUE……they complain about extremist countries and they want to be the same……and as a Muslim I sincerely apologize for those who were made to feel like crap in those so called Muslim countries…….the countries who use the name of my religion and twist every sentence for their own liking……they just use it as an excuse for their sick mentality…..that was and will never be Islam…….same way as what is happening in Sri Lanka is never and will never be any form of Buddhism…..

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    In this otherwise very reasonable article i am concerned mostly with one paragraph that starts with ” Sinhalese have concerns”. Which group of Sinhalese is this writer talking about? The entire population of 72% or what ever? Is she really qualified to claim to represent all of them? Also what are these “sharia courts” and Muslim only schools that she is talking about? As other writers have pointed out there are quazi courts in Sri Lanka introduced during colonial times decided on matters of marriage. And the Muslim only school system has existed as part of the government Tamil medium shool system since the early 1950s or thereabouts. And not always to the advantage of the Muslims! So what is this concern? I am sure there are concerns but I think it is time that the Sinhala intelligentsia that has these concerns take it upon themselves to become a little bit better educated on the status of the Muslim community in this country. There is plenty of literature on the subject – its just not part of popular culture. If they do not, and start writing about non existent Sharia courts and what not they will only further contribute to the continued maintenance of racist stereotypes in the country.

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        Please, give us a better reference than that racist crap. If you are actually looking at a way to move beyond a racist agenda then you should rely on better and more reliable sources for your information.

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        An ugly extremist point of view, from a not so bright writer, giving unsubstantiated points, and linking a racist website. Yet another apologists for the Ballas (BBS) and Ura’s (JHU)

        Sorry, there is no credibility, nor good sense, in what a supporter of extremists is saying in an article carried by a pro government newspaper. You may be impressed but many are not.

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        HoHoHo… Shenali Waduge..

        Madam President of BBS.. Nice try Kshama..

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        madam Waduge’s blind to the Number of brothel’s Casinos, Bar’s Night Club’s Murders, Lady’s in their Undies and Bra’s only of ladies in Black attire.. she may have a color problem..

        you can help her out Madam Kshama.. you definitely fits in her category..

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    I thank this writer for at least confirming Sinhala concern about ‘spread of Muslim exclusive schools’, ‘introduction of Shariah Courts in Sri Lanka’ and Buddhists being converted to Christianity. But I must say, she hadn’t mentioned that unlike Sunnis in Pakistan, Sinhala Buddhists had been lying low and tolerating such organised assaults to undermine their religion and culture for too long or had she suggested a way to contain the spread of such disease. Like all Alcott Buddhists she sees Buddhists in renaissance as crocs in a tea cup.

    These attacks on Sinhala Buddhists are nothing new. In the modern day, it was during the 2001/3 UNP Government that Christian fundamentalists started their organised attack on Sinhala Buddhists by disseminating openly that Sinhala Buddhists are a discriminating lot who does not tolerate others’ belief. Such news was regular feature in very many weekend Newspapers at the time. We turned to Ven Soma for solace at the time.

    But those new papers hid the truth of yester year. Eminent professor and a historian Tennakoon Wimalananda points out in his book; ‘Buddhism in Ceylon under the Christian powers’ that all colonial governments in Sri Lanka had promoted apostasy. With ample statistics, it shows how Christian education was uplifted with lavish subsides while traditional Buddhist Pirivena monasteries were deprived of it. It also pointed out; the manner that evangelists coerce the British rulers to withdraw all subsidies due to Buddhist monasteries under submission agreement with the sole aim of ruining Sinhala culture.

    Yet, Sinhala Buddhists have never been bigots. Unlike Muslim ‘Kaaba in Mecca’, next to our holiest place ‘the temple of tooth’ there exists a number of Muslim, Christian and Hindu religious places. Though these are aptly evident, they do not talk about it. Biased new papers have never published such points of view to counter anti Buddhist propaganda.

    This writer talks about the need to form a Sri Lankan identity. I am puzzled how she aims to form a Sri Lankan identity while allowing a good section (Muslims) of Sri Lankan to forge ahead with their own extremist acts. ‘Abaya’ or ‘hajab’ which we have not seen before in our streets have become the normal dress of our Muslim ladies. We were forced to buy water bottles that have been made ‘halal’. Bin Laden type Wahhabi scholars from Saud Arabia are teaching Sri Lanka Sufis how to become true Muslims. Antagonism against this trend started many fights, burning of houses, digging graves, exhuming the dead, demolition of mosques and killing of several followers. All that had gone under to intimate BBS rhetoric for Buddhist renaissance as racism to incite violence.

    Writers like Shamini have become popular among Muslims and all other anti-Buddhists elements for they have bashed ‘Mahawamsa’ that they knew not and a non existent ‘Sinhala Buddhism’ in the line of Thambiah. But I doubt they have read the Koran, Hadith or Sunnah to know true Muslim extremism. Or have they read about infamous battles called Crusades and torture sentencing called inquisitions of Christians. Do they know that during the Albigensian heresies in 1232 where Christians killed Christians, hundreds of thousands of people were murdered because their Christianity did not agree with official dogma?

    Can these pundits who refer Sinhala Buddhists as fundamentalists and BBS and JHU followers as extremists show one death resulting from their speeches, the so-called inciting. What they promote is a new renaissance for Sinhala Buddhists to overcome their shackles but nothing like European one that in 1492 where Ferdinand and Isabella send their pirates to loot the world and turn every human to Christian.
    Leela

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      Could BBS match the perseverance of Ven.Madihe Pannasiha and Ven Balangoda Ananda Maithreeya Thera, Narada Thera or Piyadassi Thera. They were some of the erudite monks from the Amarapura nikaya to have done immense service to Buddhism in Sri Lanka tranquilly.

      So, why should we adhere to the concepts of this Anantharvedaniya Karma; why cannot all Nikays be like the Rangiri Dambula sect.

      First and foremost the Apartheid system within Buddhism should be reviled.

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      We know how you treated a Mahayana Monk here in Sri Lanka. Do not through stone when you are in the glass room.

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      Leela,

      How are these dress habits of Muslim women threatening Buddhists sensibilities while low neck blouses exposing breast cleavage and the buttocks and naval baring trousers worn by many Sinhala women are not so?
      You accuse the author and others for not having read the Muslim religious texts, but have you read them? If you have read them you would not display such ignorance.
      You writing is the embodiment of bigotry and myopic hatred.

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      Leela your words:

      Can these pundits who refer Sinhala Buddhists as fundamentalists and BBS and JHU followers as extremists show one death resulting from their speeches, the so-called inciting.

      Of course. Can you deny that all the pogroms against Tamil people from 1957 to 1983 and the thousands of deaths that resulted, not to mention the 1915 carnage in which Muslims were mercilessly slaughtered were the result of the activities of the predecessors of the BBS and JHU. You suffer from great amnesia

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      Leela,

      You show again your two penny worth of Brain writing crap to the readers.

      Read the histories of Henry Steel Olcott and see how immensely he kelped Buddhism and Buddhist schools in Sri Lanka.

      http://www.ask.com/wiki/Henry_Steel_Olcott

      “The Theosophical Society built several Buddhist schools in Ceylon, most notably Ananda College in Colombo, Mahinda College in Galle, Dharmaraja College in Kandy and Maliyadeva College in Kurunegala.Museus college Colombo. Olcott also acted as an adviser to the committee appointed to design a Buddhist flag in 1885. The Buddhist flag designed with the assistance of Olcott was later adopted as a symbol by the World Fellowship of Buddhists andl as the universal flag of all Buddhist traditions.”

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Steel_Olcott

      No Sinhala politician or Government Built Buddhist Schools and helped revival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka as much as Henry Steel Olcott.

      Also there were many Portuguese, Dutch and British Scholars who helped keep Buddhism alive and it’s revival through Hindu Kings and followers.

      Isn’t 70% of Therawada Buddhism in Sri Lanka still has Hindu norms and influence. Go and see the number of Hindu Gods kept beside Buddha statute in Many homes and Pansal Devalas.

      Please don’t write and mislead Public with your crap. If not for British, Buddhism would have overtaken by Hinduism in Sri Lanka by now.

      It was British who brought whole of Sri Lanka under one flag, and it was Hendry Olcott who even contributed to design the BUDDHIST FLAG.

      PLEASE READ THE ABOVE WEBS…..AND GO PREACH YOUR BANA TO UNRDUCATED GAMARALAS LIKE YOUR MAHARAJANO WHO SAY HE IS LORD BUDDHAS AND KING DUTUGEMUNU’S BLOOD RELATIVE.

      Go and count the number of Hambans in Hambanthota first.

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      This Galgoda Thero the monk who is so vociferous about saving the country was a hit and run vehicle ( 6 Sri 5444) culprit on 14th April 2000, that is, this inauspicious accident occurred on the auspicious Sinhala New year day at about 2.00 a.m. when priests must be in their temples and performing religious duties and devotions . On the contrary this scoundrel of a monk was excessively drunk and the vehicle in which he traveled did not have a valid license at the time of the accident when he knocked a three wheeler at Grandpass whereby its driver was seriously injured. The victim of the accident was Ravindra Kumar.

      When the police gave chase and apprehended the so called champion of the Buddhist cause and who is now parading as a great savior of the country , he was so drunk that he could not stand erect . When the police did a breathalyzer test it was found that only by his robe he was a so called monk of the highest caliber , but inside he was a drunk of the worst caliber and a scoundrel betraying Lord Buddha and all what the latter stood for so steadfastly. In other words this is a monk who had come forward to save the Buddha sasana, without knowing how to respect the Saffron robe let alone Lord Buddha .

      Later the Grandpass police had filed a case No. 6315/2000 based on 9 charges against Galgoda atthe Gnanasara Thero residing at 615 , Rajagiriya through the traffic court , Colombo 12. Among the charges filed were driving under the influence of liquor without a license and causing injuries to person ; and obstructing performance of official police duties.

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      I am a born buddhist and I know many other buddhists would not criticise other regliions because each religion has its uniqueness.

      Please Leela, supporting your rulers is something else, but dont try to attack muslim friends that have lived in the country for ages. If you feel like you must support BBS or any begotted segments, please do so in an unharm manner, that is fine to everyone of us that respect real buddhist philosophy of non-violence.

      It is sad to see – as a senior person ( said to have carried out fraud carriers in the UK and now got back to Horana to destroy the nation) to have this kind of views – I thought you could have learnt someting out of this life – but as a buddhist, I am telling you – you have just been blind – no difference with any other misinformed majority villagers of the country that keep supporting Rajapakshes to destroy the nation.

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      Leelo:“in 1492 where Ferdinand and Isabella send their pirates to loot the world and turn every human to Christian.”
      Isabella married Ferdinand and drove the Arabs who ruled them for 800years away to the north of Africa. The Europeans learnt navigation from the Arabs and came as traders to Kerala in search of pepper corn the prevailing currency and like the Arabs by accident saw cinnamon with the Salagama. The crusade in south America was carried out first by spreading scabies. Waha bela is a problem everywhere.
      Have fun Leelo. ;)

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      Soma got hammered by Ashroff.

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    yes, well said we dont want a another religious war in sri lanka my mother land should be beacful and her ppl too may the god bless us all

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      But the mother is crying.

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    wirte this aritcle in singhala papaers too..?.

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    Balance article. The writer brings her experience she gained living in Pakistan to illustrate how people react to others, and specially to their own Muslims. I fully agree with the writer that our path is a destructive one and the help BBS gets from GOTABAYA as the Defence secretary is making matters worse. If Gota is making these yellow robe people ( I refused to call them Monks as a Buddhist) to achieve his ambitions then he is making a wrong move.

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    It is beyond me as to why the Rajapaksa government is blind to, or more accurately encouraging BBS with their agenda when all fair minded people are crying out for sensible action to protect Buddhism and the nation.

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    It is only recently that this govt enacted Laws to punish those who incite the public openly causing unrest. Thereafter this very same govt plays the role of violator by no less a person than the Def. Sec. acting as God Father to the BBS who are directly involved in creating dissension and division in this society. Is it because of them being naive or taking the masses to be fools? There was clear evidence on film how a Buddhist monk was throwing a stone at the CCTV camera damaging, while three Policemen were standing by. There is ample evidence, that many monks took part in this mob attack on Fashion Bug. Not one has been arrested so far with so much of photo evidence and the presence of Police while the attack was on. Now the BBS realizing, has gone on to deny that none of the BBS was involved. God enough they set the ball rolling and whom are they bluffing?

    All these Religious quarrels start when, the zealots try to openly display allegiance to their faith for public purpose rather than for self emancipation. Many in this country display their Religious observances in public, just to cleanse and conceal their shady characters otherwise, to give a false impression to the public. As long as the Political Leadership in the country entertain the Religions to achieve their ends there is no salvation to the pious.

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      Gota is indebted to Tel Aviv for his commission transfer.
      General Franco was able to carry on and be friendly with the US because he was an anti-communist like Indonesia.

      Times have changed! In the west it’s a fashion to be anti – Muslim.

      So here we go for an easy way to economic prosperity by licking the western bigots’ ass like CT.

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    You are neither here nor there,you need to be more specific.

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    Good Article.

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    I was cruising Africa in early eightees and this is the same experience I had in Darussalam, Tanzania. At that time there was a Sri Lankan sadu named Kashyapa Sadu who was incharge of the Darussalam temple and he had just arrived three weeks ago from his earlier assignment after three years in Singapore.

    Just one week before I met him….that means two weeks after his arrival from Singapore….when he was sleeping in the night and his Tanzanian night watch “askari” was guarding the small Pansala, he said two Policemen who dressed in civilian clothes came with the same guns they carry in daytime and aimed the gun at him and made him and his askari sit on the floor and cleaned everything he brought from Singapore. Things like his watch, an alarm clock, a radio casette player and tapes, his clothes and many other items.

    Now after 35 years I witness the same happening in Sri Lanka, but in broad day light and in open field when Police watching.

    I was wondering who exactly in charge and who is Ruling our country.

    This vandalism at Fashion Bug is nothing, but a Rajapakse and Religious political marriage to concur whole of Sri Lanka under Buddhist Sinhala cult and to steel the whole wealth including the chain of Fashion Bug and No limit stores by Rajapakse Brothers and Company from Muslims, spreading Deshapremi and Jathi Aala vandalism similar to 1983.

    Infact MARA brothers are dancing inside the bucket of hot water, and will never know who will get bum next time.

    Also sixty years after Independence Sri Lanka is the only country which do not have it’s own fleet of cargo ships. The only ship it had was detained at Tanzania. Therefore a single blockade or stoppage of an oil shipment or a cargo shipment will leave the economy at a stand still.

    It’s hi-time Rajapakse brothers think where they stand.

    Communal trouble will never go that far, but it will be an economic srtuggle that will eventually bring down Rajapakse Regime.

    BETTER PREPARE NOW THAN LATE.

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    Under no circumstances should the government allow anti-religious feelings to be fanned amongst the various ethnic groups of this country. Government’s truning a blind eye to the activities of some of anti-religious and/or anti-communal extremists will put the country in a very vulnerable position, where thousands of innocent lives can be lost. Irrespective of the parties involved the government should make a firm resove to nip these anti-religious activities in the bud and make this country a peaceful place for every Sri Lanan to live. Government should ensure that there will not be any “Matale Graves’ in the future.

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    As a muslim ;i like to highlight on the meaning of wahbi;it is to believe in Allah;;to ask and depend only what Allah has destined and to follow the quran and teachings of prophet Muhammad peace be upon him;we are progressing towards the 21st century and everyhing aroung us is progressing;the quran states wear the veil and cover your bosoms;why is covering repulsed and black is worn to avoid discrimination between rich and poor;we are humbly sorry for our errors and being insensitive;we ask forgiveness and please let us live in peace

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      How can you progress into the 21st century you can only see the sunshine through a 2 mm hole (slit) when you’re outside?

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        Is that why your view of the world sounds like you’re looking out through your anus?

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        LESTER,
        THE ARSE HOLE SHOULD BE BIG ENOUGH for you to progress into the 21st century and beyond.

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    This author is lived in Pajistan and telling us how they struggled to build a BUDHIST temple there. Do you know what is the population of Pakistan. It is almost 200 million and Budhists are only 50,000.

    Many Bughists wants to build BUDHIST Temples in middle Eastern countries. For what? You should know in those countries such Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Oman ….. Are 100% of the population is Muslims. Why should you have a temple there? Others all who are there are Migrant Workers. Migrant workers are not citizens of those coutntries. You went there for money. Not to speared your religion or practice them in public! Just for your bread and butter! If you wants to pray your God, do it in your room. If you do not want this please come back. You have no rights there! By accident, if you die there, your body has to be brought back home, it cannot even be berried there. BecaIuse, you are not a citizen of that country.

    They do not want temples there, because, they do not need another culture coming into their country.. It is very simple like this: You Budhists does not wants Mahayana, another sect of your own religion, coming into Sri Lanka! So they do not wants another religion.

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      This is the same attitude that BBS basterds are having and that we have to get rid of. See the Western countries.

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        Which western country? Sweden? France? Belgium?…… There you get Muslims as their own citizens! This is what BBS is following now!

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          Leave the Western countries and take your mosques with you! The Swiss had a very good point when they voted against minarets.

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            So you know that the main man instrumental against minaret in Sweden is now a Muslim! Fighting for the minarets in Sweden!

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              We all know and its clear that BBS are extremists and we have to get rid of them. But no difference in some of the comments here and what we have to get rid of too. Those comments are doing nothing other than pushing more and more people towards extremist groups like BBS.

              PEACE, NO HATRED PLEASE.

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            yep after studying the Qur’an the man who spear headed.. the False charges against the muslims.. Reverted to Islam.. Alhamdulillah..

            You can ban the Minarets.. no worries..

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          No it is the mistake we are making. If someone does not know the fact it is the duty of the other to the explain the truth. What I am trying to explain here is the difference between a citizen of a country and a migrant worker. A migrant worker cannot demand the right of a citizen. It is common to all the countries in the world. Most of us go to middle eastern countries and try to be their citizen. They forget that they are migrant workers! I do not wants to hert anyone’s feelings it is the fact. I can’t go to Thailand and demand for a mosque or church!

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            That is a stupid argument. You are basically assuming that the only people in Saudi who want to build temples/churches etc, are foreigners. This is not true. During Stalin’s time, when all religion was forbidden in the Soviet Union, people simply had religious services “underground”; e.g. in private homes. So there is no doubt a lot of non-Muslim Saudis practice their religion in secret. If Saudi Arabia had freedom of religion, these people would come out of hiding, as was the case in the Soviet Union.

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              My dear, you fretting ut wrong. If you are talking about Saudi, there, 100% of the Saudi nationals are Muslims. Others all are migrant workers, that is foreign nationals. So a migrant worker has no right there. He has gone there for money.

              You are telling how people practiced different religion during the Stalin period. Ofcourse,, they are all Rusion Citizens. They have the right to do it in Rusia, which is there own country. They cannot go to another country and demand for their right. Not only in Rusia it was same in all communist countries few years ago. In those countries the same citizens are practicing their religions freely without any fear.

              Migrant worker or a tourist or an asylum seeker is not a citizen of a particular country. They have no right in that country and it is clear.

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              How do you know that 100% of Saudi nationals are Muslims? Have you visited each and every home? You cannot make such a claim, given the spread and speed of information these days. Like I said, let there be freedom of religion and all of the infidels will come out of hiding.

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              LESTER,
              YOU TOO CAN PRACTICE YOUR RELIGION UNDERGROUND, BEFORE YOU GO
              “SIX FEET UNDER” AND END UP IN THE HELL FIRE

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            Dodo,
            True, you ‘can’t go to Thailand and demand for a mosque or church’.

            But you guys have done it systematically the world over. After going there, you’ll get maried to a Thai girl and settle down. Thereafter, slowly but surely put forward your demands. A bit to start but in the end you demand permission to impose Shariya law. That’s what you guys have done in the east of Sri Lanka. When you tried that in Europe, they banned your abaya, minerate and etc and tell you to integrate meaning assimilate in spite of their so-called human rights.

            Such rights for immigrant workers in Saudi is banned openly and you have defended it saying ‘migrant worker or a tourist or an asylum seeker is not a citizen of a particular country.’ Hypocrite!
            Leela

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              Today I read that Saudi men are exploiting vulnerable young girls in Syrian refugee camps. Some of the commentators here (like Nabil and Marwan) are salivating with joy at the prospect of Saudis abusing Sri Lankan housemaids. But as I have pointed out many times, the Saudi Wahhabis will pick on any woman. A pervert does not discriminate.

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              To Lester and Leela, you are trying it divert the argument to another direction. My argument is that a MIGRANt WORKER HAS NO RIGHT IN A COUNTERY WHERE HE HAS GONE TO EARN MONEY AND HE CAN ONLY DEMAND THOSE RIGFT ONLY HIS OWN COUNTRY WHERE HE IS A CITIZEn. IYOU BOTH ARE TALKING STUUPID NOT ME AND TRY TO MIX IT UP. I am not supporting Saudis here. It was Lester who mentioned Saudi and I have to take. But in Saudi 100% of the citizen are Muslims! Yes, when they took the censes, they would have gone hose to house.

              LEELA, Let me come to one of your points which is a bew topic. YOu people are trying to argue that muslims went to Thailand and get married to girls there and spread their religion! Yes we they it. Leela! It is legal. How do you think that Christinity, Budhism or any other religion were spread in this world? You mean to say they came down from the sky to each and every country? They were also spreadt in the same way. Don’t try to argue Leela to show you hearted feelings on another religion.

              Abaya is the dress code of Muslims. In different countries they use it different way. You or any Europian country cannot stop muslim women wearing it. Let them wear it or not. Those Europians are roaming in half nude all over the world! Let them enjoy that dress. Some of us think that Islam was introduced to the world at the cost of another religion! Specially people like Leela! That is why he is showing his angry in this way.. Budhism was introduced to this world almost 2500 years ago. What was the religion before it? So it was also spread at the cost of another religion which was there before Budhism. It is same with Christianity which is almost 2000 years old.

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              I have seen some of your comments here. You are mixing up everything. Please do not send girls to Saudi. Not only there, alslo to Honk Kong, Singapore, sypress …..It is shame for men to do that. Your girls there are roaming with Not only with Arabs but mostly with Indan, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Chinese men. Women are with boys and girls are with old men. I have seen through my eyes. Some have family here and cheating their own husban and children. Go to Singapore, Homg Kong and Sypress, there on Sundays you can see them enough. They are all migrant workers , not citizens.

              Whar about our own country. A man is setting fire to his own little Children and wife to ran away with his illeagel wife, father/grand father is abusing his own child. In Polonnaruwa there are more rape in Sri Lanka. Please do understand that it is the mistake of man not the religion! Budhism prohibits, alcohol, drugs, casinos, rape, killings, child abuse etc, etc, . But all are here! It is not the fault of Budhism. It is the fault of the people who are following Budhism.

              Migrant workers right are limited and they cannot ask for the right of a citizen.. Leela thinks that one religion was spread at the cost of other. No, just imagine Budhism is 2500 years old. Then, what was the religion people were following in Sri Lanka befor it. Some other religion It is same with Christinity, Hinduism or any other.

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              why are you full of hate and Ignorant???.. Leela..

              you’re saying migrant workers and Citizens are same? really..

              yeah.. when it’s suits you..

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      Dubai has a long standing Catholic church run by Rome.At Aramco Saudi there is woman wine and bikini. So man what is your point?

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    Is this due to unnecessary expansion of other religions in relation to their population and over doing religious activities without any consideration for the main religion of the Country.

    Have the minority religions in Sri Lanka not been able to carefully thread on the line w/o ruffling feathers?

    History tells us the impact on other religions that were introduced.

    However, I condone what the BBS is up to nevertheless our Christian & Muslim clergy need to bear this fact in mind when guiding their religions.
    Unnecessary expansion is unwarranted.
    Religious belief in oneself should be from within and not outwardly.

    All other religions that have come to Sri Lanka has an obligation to help revive Buddhism to its previous glory in the country and the GOSL too work on those lines not through BBS

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      SARADIEL,

      DO YOU KNOW THAT UTUWANKANDE SARADIEL COULD NOT TRUST A SINHALA BUDDHIST SO HE CHOSE A MUSLIM AS HIS ASSOCIATE IN HIS EXPLOITS.-MAMMALE MARIKAR

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    Article is starting with good sense and making to think positively in a way to build a nation especially in multi religious communities all around. But anyhow deviating the purpose by mentioning about Pakistan and by stating of building temples where 97% are Muslims (Sunni about 85%, Shia 9%, Ahmadiaya 3%) and Hindus about 1.6% and other Christians and other in a very very minority. We all look at how Sri Lankans lived in peace from centuries and centuries ago and how we can re-unite to have peace and harmony in our work, atmosphere and neighborhood. That only matters for Sri Lanka and not other countries.
    I still salute to the article as a whole. Thank you!

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      How could you say; “that only matters for Sri Lanka and not other countries” when have proof that the so-called Wahhabi scholars from Saudi are changing the traditional Sufi Muslims of Sri Lanka to be fundamentalists of Bin Laden type. The scary part is Islamic Universities in Saudi Arabia train and graduate thousands upon thousands of young men from all over the world including Sri Lanka.

      They all shares Bin Laden’s views. It’s the system Wahhabies wanted to change. What Wahhabies want is far from Muslim rule where they charge religious tax from Jews, Christians and other minorities. In Wahhabi system, there is no multi-culture, multi-religion and multi-ethnic society.

      Wahhabi Jihadists are blinded by faith to believe that they have the mandate of Allah to rid the world of infidels and heretics. Wahhabi followers such as Al Qeada, Taliban, Lashkar e Taiba and other terrorist groups have caused untold misery in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Islamist terror attack in Mumbai had all the hallmarks of Wahhabism. So is the attack on Sri Lanka cricket team in Pakistan. Perhaps, something in Sri Lanka proper may well be their next target. Sooner the Sri Lankan government ban Wahhabism the better for all of us. I am sure peace loving patriotic Sufi Muslims of Sri Lanka will extend their support to the government.
      Leela

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        Leela,

        You are mixing up everything, everytime you write. Did you read my previous reply to your previous comment. Remember small brain is dangerous and could bring disasters. This is what is happening in Sri Lanka and in the world today.

        Look, you have to see the bigger picture of everything. You say…. “Wahhabi followers such as Al Qeada, Taliban, Lashkar e Taiba and other terrorist groups have caused untold misery in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.”

        If Al Qeada and Taliban are Wahhabi Followers…….then how come Bin Laden’s worst enemy was Saudi Royal Family……

        You may say Saudi Royal family is guarded by USA and that is the reason. But will it justify for Bin Laden to Attack USA than Saudi Royal Family.

        Bin Laden’s ultimatum was to topple Saudi Royal Family and get it’s power. But does the Wahhabi approves to kill your own brother to get his throne. I don’t think so. BL was a power hungry fanatic. That’s all and he killed his own kith and kin for that crazy goal. What happened to him now and his movement.

        Also do you know how many Saudi Royal family and it’s extended family members children stydy in USA……. going to top US schools and colleges.

        Do you know that Saudi is now allowing their women to drive with their husbands beside their seat.

        Do you know that now Saudi allows their women to Participate in Olympics in all sports.

        Do you know that Saudi women are in their royal administrative counsil.

        What I want to say is all these Abaya and Hijab came to seen in Sri Lanka was due to our women going to ME to work.
        From the time they land in ME they have to wear this Habaya and Hijab until they come back. So what the SL Muslim women did was to use it to their day to day life here and also now introduced to their children. Even in USA you see the Muslim women wearing these. So why worry in Sri Lanka.

        Only mistake our govt. did was they never incorporated the minority communities into the majority and to socialise with them.
        The whole Radio, TV and the media programmes and press are been monopolised by the Majority and all the TV,Radio programmes are geared on promoting Majority race and Religion.

        See the Govt. employment statistics. See how many from minority communities are absorbed into Govt. institutions,corporations, schools, technical schools, social services, defense and police force etc…etc…

        This is only one issue, but there are many other issues that needs to be addressed.

        First the Govt. has to change it’s position, ideas and attitudes of governing the country in order to caterto all the communities and incorporate them into one society.

        Until that happens…..talking on Wahhabi or Sufi, or Jihadist are mere Jokes and nonsense.

        HOPE YOU GOT IT.

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          Really true and though in bit diluted form, BBS is no different to socalled extremist groups like Taliban, Al Quida or whatever. Why would we allow such extremist groups in Sri Lanka and rotten the country.

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          Jayantha,
          Oh, I have replied for your big brain and big fibs like ‘Gota was never at the front line’ aptly.

          For now let me take up your question “If Al Qeada and Taliban are Wahhabi Followers…….then how come Bin Laden’s worst enemy was Saudi Royal Family.”

          Are you tlling us that Al Qeada, Taliban, Lashkar e Taiba and such terrorist groups are not followers of Wahhabi idealogy?

          University of Medina in Saudi is estabilshed in 1961 to Muslims to study Sharia, Qur’an, Dawah and Usul al-din, Hadith, and Arabic. It is not under the jurisdiction of Ministry of the Education but under the control of the grand mufti of the kingdom, Sheikh Mohammed ibn Ibrahim Al al-Sheikh. Sheikh Mohammed, a direct descendant , Ibn Abdul Wahhab the founder of Wahhabism, who backed King Faisal throughout his power struggle with his brother King Saud has become the closest adviser to the King Faisal. Together they have promoted the Wahhabi ideology.

          Said Medina University invite Muslims from all over the world to study the Wahhabi brand of Islam. So much so, the student body of the university has become non-Saudi. These foreign students would take their newly acquired knowledge to their own countries to spread the Wahhabi creed. In 1967 King Faisal established King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, for the same purpose.

          So what is the Wahhabi idealogy that they were fashoned? Let me put it this way. The trustee of Medina university Mawlana Mawdudi once said; “Islam is a revolutionary doctrine and the system that overthrows the governments. It seeks to overturn the whole universal social order and establish it anew. Islam seeks the world. It’s not satisfied by peace of land but demands the whole universe.” vice president Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Baz said; “According to the Koran it is a requirement of the Muslims to be hostile to Jews, Christians. Hindus, Buddhists and other polytheists. Only through jihad against infidels could Muslims remove all obstacles and spread Islam worldwide”.

          Juhaiman al-Utaibi, was a graduated from the University of Medina. In 1979, he and 250 of his followers took over the Grand Mosque in Mecca by force and held a few hundred people hostage for two weeks. His aim was to topple the Saud family for he believed that they were a corrupt entity. He denounced their personal behavior, such as drinking, gambling and womanizing, as unacceptable for the rulers of an Islamic state. He called them infidels who deviated from teachings of the Koran and sold their soul to the West.

          After consulting the Ulema, the revolt had been put down al-Utaibi and 60 or so followers were arrested and eventually executed. But the incident exposed the vulnerability of the Saudi regime. Ulama condemned the actions of al-Utaibi, but refused to condemn al-Utaibi’s message. Right after the revolt was put down, , the regime cracked down on the very limited freedoms of their citizens. Indeed it adapted very ideas of the executed al-Utaibi. Women were not allowed to appear on TV, music was forbidden in the media, stores were required to be closed during the mandatory daily prayers and criticisms of the West and US in particular was not discouraged.

          I am supriced. You praise ‘allowing their women to drive with their husbands beside their seat’ and ‘allowing their women to Participate in Olympics in all sports’ a big achievement. I thought they are Human Rights. Then you talk about employment statistics. Tell us where do you find this ideal world. What a hypocrite you are?

          Go, read the latest Human Development Index for a change. Thank you, Leela

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            Leela,

            Again you mixing up every thing what I said and trying to give the wrong picture to readers.

            First you say that I said…….”‘Gota was never at the front line’ aptly.”

            Where did you get this information from……
            What I said was….that Gota ran away to USA from Sri Lanka’s battle field during the hight of war and stayed there continously for 13 years until Mahinda Rajapakse Became Prime Minister in 2005.

            Only then GOTA came to Sri Lanka and took over the position not as his old Lieutenant Coloneal post, but THE NEW DEFENSE SECRETARY… working in Colombo overlooking Logistics and Co-ordinating the three forces supplies and needs. This is what I said and it is correct.

            Gota never went to battle Front line to fight with LTTE after his return from USA and this is correct.
            http://www.ask.com/wiki/Gotabhaya_Rajapaksa

            Also taking over Logistics which is highly corruption, that made him fall our withy Gen.Sarath Fonseka. Please read Sunday Leader Paper.Read the following web.
            thesundayleader.lk/2009/12/06/%E2%80%9Cwhy-i-fell-out-with-the-rajapaksas%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%93-general-sarath-fonseka-explains

            As to the final battle in Nathikandal is anybodys guess. But many opinions are available in internet.

            Your question as to …..”Are you tlling us that Al Qeada, Taliban, Lashkar e Taiba and such terrorist groups are not followers of Wahhabi idealogy?”

            Please read the following quote what say on Osama Bin Laden…

            “The militant Islam of Osama bin Laden did not have its origins in the teachings of Ibn Abd-al-Wahhab and was not representative of Wahhabi Islam as it is practiced in contemporary Saudi Arabia, yet for the media it came to define Wahhabi Islam during the later years of bin Laden’s lifetime. However “unrepresentative” bin Laden’s global jihad was of Islam in general and Wahhabi Islam in particular, its prominence in headline news took Wahhabi Islam across the spectrum from revival and reform to global jihad.[62]
            Noah Feldman distinguishes between what he calls the “deeply conservative” Wahhabis and what he calls the “followers of political Islam in the 1980s and 1990s,” such as Egyptian Islamic Jihad and later Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. While Saudi Wahhabis were “the largest funders of local Muslim Brotherhood chapters and other hard-line Islamists” during this time, they opposed jihadi resistance to Muslim governments and assassination of Muslim leaders because of their belief that “the decision to wage jihad lay with the ruler, not the individual believer”.[63]
            Karen Armstrong states that Osama bin Laden, like most extremists, followed the ideology of Sayyid Qutb, not “Wahhabism”.[64]”
            http://www.ask.com/wiki/Wahhabi_movement

            My point is how do you know if the Muslim extremisms will be limited to Salafi, Wahabi or sufi only……In 20 years time there could be many more other sects. How about The Shia, the Hamas and Fatah….Where do they stand….How many breakways from them will occur in future……

            You know in the Democratic world similar to various parties fighting for power, the religion sects also do the same in order to keep the masses on their side. Whether in Christian or Orthodox Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist etc…
            Also many politicians,rulers, dictators and kings seek the help of religious sects for power grab.

            Therefore in 21st century politics and Religion play a major role in deciding the political dominance through religion as well as to keep masses under their rule of law.

            These religion power grab is the biggest market share and power house Next to politics. They can either make or break a country or society.

            Therefore which side you are going to be in is your own choice…..but again you have to sort the real lambs from the wolves who come wearing Lamb skin.

            THE CHOICE IS YOURS AND IN THE SOCIETY YOU LIVE. EDUCATION IS POWER AND THE ONLY GATEWAY TO FUTURE.

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              Jayantha,
              Other than you, I do not know any other idiot that criticize the secretary of defence for not going to the battle front and/or not fighting the enemy at the battle front?

              As the President, MR managed the political aspects prudently, and Gota as the secretary of defence managed the overall war, and each service commander managed his battle front commanders, and the soldiers/fighters at the frontline fought fearlessly to win the war.

              Right now, what is important is; we the citizens elect a government that would lookafter all those people or their kith and kin in cases that they have beed killed, and keep the country so saved in tact.

              What you guys, I mean all those that demeaned the war at the height of the fighting want is; Sri Lanka give Eelamists what LTTE couldn’t get to have ‘real’ peace. We ain’t gullible enough to buy it.
              Leela

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        @Leela
        YOU ARE THE ENEMY OF SINHALA BUDDHIST. YOU HAVE BRAIN WASHED BY ZIONIST, BY USING YOU LIKE BRAINLESS BLOODY FOLLOWS, JEW TRY TO DESTROY OUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY

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          GoodCitizen,
          Why should Sinhala Buddhists dislike Jews? How could zionists destroy Sri Lanka?
          Leela

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            The Zionist, homeless transplants from Europe were rudely place there by the UN/UK/US, and look what they have done to their neighbors. The palestinian territories will be unlivable by 2020 (UN)
            Zionists have stolen lands, build illegal settlements, demolish poor Palestinian homes, control their water, blockade them destroy their orchards, allow the illegal settlers to harass them, firebomb their cars, steal age old olive trees, and even burned their mosque. The UN has condemned such actions (documented) and now because of zionist greed, chances for peace is almost gone. But the zionist do not care, they are greedy and their main purpose is to get rid of Arabs from the Galilee.
            They precision bomb civilians and have used cluster bombs in civilian areas.

            Leela pretends not to know, but Leela can google and check all I have said. Better still Leela should go to the UN documents and see the over 200 resolutions against Israel. Very revealing Leela.
            Israel not innocent as Leela likes us to think.

            To allow the zionists to creep into our nation, is inviting a poisonous snake into your home.

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              Dhaksha.
              I am not suggesting for a moment that Israel is treating Palestinian fairly. So, I am not against Sri Lanka standing with Palestinians for them to have an equitable solution. But, that doesn’t mean Sinhala Buddhists must dislike Jews or they ought to believe Jews or even believe that Zionists would destroy Sri Lanka.

              Having said that, we also know that historical aspect of Israel-Palestinian dispute lie much deeper than you have portrayed. In addition, we know that you Muslims and particularly Palestinians have a commonality with Jews as well. What more to remind you that your first prophet Abraham was a Jew. According to their Bible (which Muhammad has accepted that Torah has the word of your God), the land in dispute is Judea and Samaria, the land that your (Abraham’s) God gave Jews first. So, for you to say that Jews robbed Palestinian land is not exactly true. It can be said then, Jews have reclaimed their ancient land Judea and Samaria. Now don’t get me wrong, I do not approve the way they got it back.

              I think there is a solution. Since original prophet for you both is the same, and the God is the same, Hebrew and Islam religions should be fused and get a new prophet to write a new Bible and both Jews and Palestinian should live in one country, Judia and Samaria.

              How is that,eh?
              Leela

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              Both Good Citizen and Dhaksha and Leela,

              I am not here to Judge anybody. But if you read the Bible, both old and the New testement, you will note that Jewish people never appreciated what God did to them and also rebelled against him.

              Infact Jewish people rebelled against God from the beginning and for that they were scattered all over the world by God for their rebellion and unappreciation for all the favours he did to them.

              For instance when God took them away doing slavery to the Egyptian King Paraoh through Moses, still they were rebelling against God.

              Also Jesus was born to Jewish Parents, but they never accept him as the Messiah, or Saviour and finally crucified him on the cross.

              That’s why God punished them and kicked them out from their own land that God gave to Moses which is the land west of river Nile upto golan hights. Please read following web.
              http://www.picturesofsilver.com/Teachings/04moses12.htm

              Once God kicked Jews from their own Land, Plaestine and other few tribes came and occupied it. Jews were scattered all over the world where my Grand father told they even came to Sri Lanka, but did not stay longer.

              It was Hitler that killed over six million Jewish people in Germany and scattered them all over the world.There’s a story behind why Hitler Killed over 6 million Jews, but I don’t want to write it here.

              There were no land for Jews until British planted them in part of the Palestine occupied land after 2nd world war which actually belongs to Jews until God kicked them out for crucifying Jesus Christ.

              Jews were without a land for over 2000 years and were mingling in all over Arab lands, Iraq,Iran, turkey and all over Europe, Asia and Africa. Please read following web.
              http://www.simpletoremember.com/articles/a/return_to_the_land_of_israel

              Still Jewish People do not accept Jesus as saviour and this is why there is no peace in Middle East.

              Although Jewish people are very talented,Brainy, rich and inventors, physically they are not strong and have many ailments in them which I don’t want to write here. That’s why they are not that great in Sports.Also they have smaller families.

              But now the world opinion is changing against their suppressive and greedy behaviour against Palestine people and others.

              You know that both Jews and the Arabs are from same Father “Abrahem” but from two different mothers.

              Foe Jews God gave more Brain and for Arabs God gave more Physical Endurance.

              According to Bible this conflict will go on until the final battle to be taken place called “Armagodden” which is located near Golan Hights.

              Many millions of armies around the world will gather here to march against Israel, and only then Israel will accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour…..and at that time Jesus coming to the world and the final Judgment will take place. Please read “Revelation” christ’s second coming in internet. Also Muslims believe God’s coming into the world.

              All these are available in the internet.

              But all I say is President Rajapakse has to be very careful of governing our country these days.

              He cannot play with politics , the way one run a Bulath Kade. He is very imature, unporfessional, timid,inexperience and ill informed when it comes to Governing, ruling, administring and maintaining Law and order in the country.

              I have seen many businesses go broke both Locally and Internationally when Family members are called to be partners, and I see it happening in Rajapakse administration.

              While President Rajapakse seek refuge in Buddgist Preletes while Gota seeking refuge in BBS will eventually bring distruction to our whole country.

              Unless President Rajapakse Kicks out all the unqualified and racist and thieves of close relatives from his administration, and get a fresh set of qualified, honest and real Patriots from all communities to run our country, there’s a strong possibility of dismembering our country with an unpresidental repercussions to every body and to the whole country.

              NO BODY KNOWS WHERE IT WILL END THEN AND ACT NOW BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.

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              Jayantha,
              Jews doesn’t subscribe to your story of both Jews and the Arabs are from same Father “Abraham” but from two different mothers. Torah talks about ‘Sara’ Abraham’s sister, I mean mothers daughter as his wife. It must be said that we know all this not from what Yahweh said but from what Jew’s wrote as God said.

              An American named Mark Twain (30-1-1835 to 2-04-1919) was a world renowned traveller and a novelist who had spoken greatly about Sri Lanka. After reading the Bible thoroughly, he wrote about the Lord God in a rather sarcastic manner. He said; “The sole solicitude of the God is with a few wandering and truculent nomads. He (God) worried and fretted over them in a peculiar and distractingly human way. One day he coaxed and petted them beyond their deserts. He sulked, he cursed, he raged, he grieved, according to his mood and the circumstance. When the fury was on him, he was blind to all reason – he not only slaughters the offenders, but even harmless little children and his cattle.”

              I thought Jesus came to this world to pay for the sin of Adam & Eva eating an apple from a tree that God forbade partaking . And the God had castigated not just the duo but all their descendents as sinners as the punishment for eating apple from the forbidden tree. Does not Christians say eating that forbidden fruit is the ‘original sin’. As I understand, the entire Christian concept is based on this simple crime.

              Now you say, ‘there is no peace in Middle East’ because Jews hadn’t accepted Jesus as the Messiah and for crucifying him on the cross. You also say, ‘God punished them (Jews) and kicked them out from their own land.’ I’ve heard this theory even before.

              If as Christians say, Jesus paid for that ‘original’ sin for us (the decedents’ of Adam & Eva) then it must be the God’s wish that Jews fulfil it. If so, crucifying Jesus is not a sin and therefore it cannot be an opening for another punishment. Both ‘original sin’ and ‘punishing Jew’ cannot go hand in hand.

              I think both Saul of Tarsus and Muhammad of Mecca have hijacked Hebrew Yahweh. What a baloney.
              Leela

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            Leela,

            First of all you have mixed up the two Sauls. One is King Saul and the other is Saul of Tarsus, the one you have mentioned.

            These two are generations apart. King Saul was God fearing at first but later went against him and God punished him.

            Saul of Tarsus was procuting Christians, but after Angel appeared to him, he became Christian and changed his name to Paul and helped spread Christianity.
            Read the following two webs to read on Both.

            http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Who_was_Saul_in_The_Bible
            http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/leadersaf/g/072309KingDavid.htm
            http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/christians/p/PaulTarsus.htm

            Also as you say Sarah was Abrhem’s wife and not sister. But he pretended to the Egyptian King that she was his Sister so that he won’t kill him and get her (because sarah was very beautiful)
            Read the following web.

            http://www.answering-islam.org/Responses/Osama/abraham_sarah.htm

            Jews have many tribes….. over 14 tribes while some intermingled with others.

            Most of the time name Levy’s are Rabbis. Read the following web.
            http://www.thejc.com/news/world-news/103632/maurice-levys-inspiration-his-grandfather-rabbi

            Finally God punished Israel for not accepting Jesus as their Messiah,who himself a jew and also for killing in the cross.

            Leela, you have to do a lot of research before coming to a specific conclution as who is right or who is wrong and which religion is the truth etc.

            God is the creator and he has his own plans to the people on earth. But whenever they go against him, he punish them, until they repent and reform.

            until you see the whole picture, keep reading and understanding, as the whole life is a mystery, but with a well cordinated plan by God.

            Whatever Hebrew Yahweh you are talking about…….according to the Bible finally Jews have to admit that Jesus Christ is the son of God and the Messiah who Died on the cross for their and our sins, and will come to Judg the world after his second coming.

            This will happen only when over two million army gathers for war against Israel at a place called Armageddon….near Golan Hights and when Israel crying for God’s intervention to save them.

            Until then there will be no peace in Israel and it’s surroundings.
            There will be peace treaties….but they will be broken
            Also Bible tells about Anti Christ.

            Going to be exciting.

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              JaY:”the world where my Grand father told they even came to Sri Lanka, but did not stay longer.”

              The Romans destroyed their synagogues and drove them away so a large number took refuge at Kerala and they are still there. Just a few of this component settled in Ceylon during the British period and faded away in the 70’s when SL had an economic embargo.
              The Arab crusade on Persia (Iran) saw the driving away of the followers of Cyrus the Great(father of human rights to the world) the Parses and they arrived at Gujarat to be accepted by the king on the condition that they blend with the locals- to this day they dress like the Guajarati’s. Indira married a parse Gandhi and Jinnah married Petit a parse too. They have not involved themselves with politics as such Bha Bha (parse) atomic station Chennai TATA Jamshedpur. Many engineering feats in the world so UK gave TATA £3billion to rejuvanate the automible industry and they are doing the Range Rover proud.
              My question is the Muslims have played doubles with everyone over there and now they are to give in at a time of crisis. One cannot have the cake eat it and see it for always. It’s happening in the west where minorities have to tighten up because of the crisis.

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        WAHABISM IS A MYTH. TRY BANNING IT !!
        COULD YOU PLEASE NAME ONE WAHABI SCHOLAR IN SRI LANKA?
        I AM EXPECTING AN ANSWER A.S.A.P.

        BIN LADIN IS NOT A SCHOLAR. HE COMES FROM ONE OF THE RICHEST FAMILIES IN SAUDI. HE WENT TO AFGHANISTAN TO LEAD THE OPPOSITION TO SOVIET INVASION AND WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF AMERICA. THEY SUCCEEDED IN
        SENDING THE RUSSIANS OUT AND WHICH ULTIMATELY LED TO THE COLLAPSE OF THE SOVIET UNION AND EVEN THE BREAKING OF THE BERLIN WALL.
        BIN LADIN WAS AMERICA’S HERO. WHEN HE TURNED AROUND TO FIGHT AGAINST THEM FOR THE CAUSE OF ISLAM HE BECAME THEIR ENEMY.

        LEELA TALK ABOUT LEE POTTER INVESTMENTS, AND KEEP AWAY FROM WAHABISM AND SUBJECTS THAT YOU ARE IGNORANT OF.

        YOU MAYBE ABLE TO BLUFF MANY ON THIS FORUM, BUT CERTAINLY NOT ME.

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    if democracy allows elite rule as the elite maintain , what then is the role of the voters ?

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