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Incidental Christian Perspectives On The Massacre Of Christians

By Asoka N.I. Ekanayaka

Prof. Asoka N.I. Ekanayaka

Ever since the terrible slaughter of 259 people – nearly all of them Christians – on Easter Sunday 2019  the air has been thick with various analyses, inquiries, theories, speculations, accusations, and recriminations about who was responsible for the carnage and who must be held responsible for not preventing it. Whether posturing  politicians, raging fanatical Buddhist monks,  grouchy  cardinals, self styled pundits or sections of the fake media and press, the tragedy has been a golden opportunity for many to grab the spotlight, indulge their pet aversions, pursue their private agendas and exercise their pompous egos in the public square. The tragedy itself was bad enough. However some of the farcical contradictions surrounding its aftermath  have exposed the shallow hypocrisy, foolishness, and sanctimonious humbug of Sri Lankan society. Robert Knox may have had a point when he said something about the Sinhalese being a people with a low cunning which they mistake for high intelligence !

 It began soon after the tragedy when in a fit of emotion with heart overriding head much too much was made of the Cardinal’s call for Christians not to retaliate. In doing so he was after all doing no more than affirming the most basic and elemental exhortations of the Lord Jesus Christ  the incarnate Son of God who in his historic Sermon on the Mount went much further in commanding his followers to actually “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you, and if anyone slaps you on the right cheek turn to him the other also”. So the Cardinal deserved no particular credit for not asking Roman Catholics to hit back ! He was only doing his  Christian duty. To have said anything else would have been a gross betrayal of basic Christianity. It is a stupid immature society that ascribes the proportions of nobility to what is no more than plain duty.

At any rate the Cardinal’s call for restraint instantly propelled him into something of a national celebrity. Like his  controversial mentor Pope Francis (better known for being culturally correct than Christian) the Cardinal too became the darling of the secular media  where he rapidly  established himself as a ‘holier than thou’ figure in relation to  the universally despised politicians  of the land whom he has castigated. In doing so  the Cardinal found common cause with a population now fed up with the self serving manipulations of pompous parliamentarians many of whom along with a discredited President, have been enjoying the delicious perks pleasures and privileges of  governance over the toiling masses! 

The trouble is that amidst his broad  self righteous denunciation of politicians the Cardinal  himself was increasingly perceived as revealing his own political proclivities. After all was it not during his administration that the former President and his much feared brother of the previous criminal regime were given the privilege of an audience with the Pope at the Vatican Embassy ( although the Cardinal has denied that he had anything to do with it) ?  So as the Cardinal increasingly sounded more like a politician than a priest, one cannot blame those who noticed in his overall reactions to the massacre and utterance a noticeably anti government slant.  Otherwise rather than trashing around blaming all and sundry, the Cardinal’s initial reaction would have been to demand the immediate resignation of the responsible “subject Minister”  namely the President under whose watch ( having stubbornly brought the police, defense, and law and order under his personal control ) 259 people were massacred.  The absurd contradiction of the responsible Minister as President  stubbornly carrying on regardless, obviously did not trouble the Cardinal’s Roman Catholic conscience. Maybe he had never heard of the celebrated case of India’s Lal Bahadur Shastri who in 1956 resigned as the Minister of Railways in Nehru’s cabinet taking moral responsibility for a rail disaster that killed over 140 people. On the other hand the Cardinal and the Roman Catholic Church have been vociferous about discovering the ‘true culprits’ for the security failure, in the process unfairly implicating nearly everybody by innuendo, with obscure references to some dark mystery surrounding the tragedy yet to be unraveled. 

However the sad thing from a Christian point of view  was the seeming failure of the Christian Church and its leadership in Sri Lanka to seize the golden  opportunity presented by the massacre to enlighten a predominantly unbelieving population  about the true meaning of Christianity,  and so witness to the  immeasurable riches of the Christian Gospel and its unique message of salvation to a suffering world.  Now four months after the massacre millions of non Christians in the country are  probably just as clueless about the meaning of Christianity  as they were before ! Of course  people appreciate the fact that  Christians did not  give vent to their anguish by blindly hitting out. But there is nothing uniquely Christian in that. Other religions too teach their followers to eschew violence in the face of provocation, and such restraint  is  not inconsistent with the morality of secular humanists who scoff at Christianity.  

On the contrary the message that ought to have been conveyed by the Christian Church and its hierarchy to a population shocked and bewildered by the Easter day massacre  is that Christians are no strangers to persecution. Throughout human history all over the world Christians have been tormented by horrendous persecution providing the backdrop to  Tertullian ‘s  triumphant affirmation “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church”. Jesus himself had explicitly forewarned his disciples “they will lay their hand on you and persecute you ; you will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends; they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death and you will be hated by all nations for my sake; In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart I have overcome the world”. Moreover even centuries before Jesus was born the scriptures record God’s people crying out to Him “Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered” ! The slaughter continues to the present day though hardly reported by the mainstream media. It has been estimated that all over the world some 345 Christians are killed every month, while in the 50 worst affected countries 4136 were killed in 2017/18 alone , including more than 1000 slaughtered in central Nigeria in 2018.

So it is a serious omission that in the aftermath of the Easter massacre Cardinals  bishops and priests  in Sri Lanka  largely failed to draw public attention to the global dimensions of Christian persecution and set the Sri Lankan carnage in context. And given this global context, rather than  sounding like panic stricken politicians expressing nervous concerns about security  and  making angry demands for ever more inquiries into ‘whodunit’ and who should be held accountable for not preventing it – the Cardinal and Bishops ought to have been boldly proclaiming the great truth that from a Christian perspective the real human predicament is not the sufferings of this present life, but the universal curse of human sin that has alienated human beings from God fatally undermining their hopes of attaining to eternal life. In this situation they should have been telling a confused skeptical nation about the unique consolation and victory of the Christian Gospel  which proclaims that for those who abandon idolatry and turn to God in humble repentance and saving faith  whatever their earthly predicament  (in the memorable words of the great apostle Paul) “ the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. So we do not lose heart. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal”

That is the great Christian affirmation of hope and optimism the Cardinal and Bishops  of the Church ought to have been proclaiming from the roof tops to a nation engulfed by the gloom and depression of a terrible tragedy. Their failure to do this reflects their own ignorance of and callous disregard for the inalienable Christian Gospel. Indeed many Bishops and priests nowadays shrink from recognizing the supreme authority of scripture and have themselves become purveyors of a false Christianity of their own imagination rather than the authentic Christianity of the Bible. Rather than defend “the apostolic faith  which God entrusted to his people once and for all” in the early Church, many have deviated from the sound doctrines of historic Christianity through imbibing the poison of a pernicious secular liberal theology and social gospel that has distorted their thinking  and sapped them of spiritual power. All that is a sad  story with a long and dispiriting  history  that is beyond the scope of this article. 

But the devastating effects on the modern Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches are to be seen everywhere. As moral decay inexorably follows theological deviation the former is struggling with the embarrassing revelations of widespread sexual misconduct in the Church. Meanwhile  the global Anglican Church is on the verge of fragmentation. All the razzle-dazzle media hype and  pompous ceremony surrounding the current visitation of  the Archbishop of Canterbury to the island belies the humbug of  an apostate primate who has failed to take a stand against the  abomination of homosexual marriage and has become irrelevant having alienated a majority of the global Anglican community that is now re-organizing as a powerful Global Anglican Fellowship (GAFCON) under the inspired leadership of hundreds of faithful Bishops.  

However more specifically the pathetic inability of the Cardinal to witness to the  great hope of Christianity in the midst of tragedy was predictable. His longstanding ‘religious pluralism’  conflicts with the plain Biblical teaching about the uniqueness of Christianity. His outrageous support for controversial anti conversion legislation in 2017  ran directly counter to the ‘great commission’ to evangelise the world that has been the centerpiece of historic Christianity. More recently the Cardinal’s sickening tender commiserations at the bedside of a fanatical Buddhist monk threatening the government by pretending to commit suicide by starvation, was a deplorable contradiction of Christianity where attempted suicide is a grave sin. The tragic events of April 19th may have enhanced the reputation of this Cardinal as a politician with a passion for social justice, but not a priest with a passion for the Biblical Gospel !

The depressing contradictions surrounding the response of the weak Christian establishment to the massacre, were only exceeded by the belligerent behaviour of the militant Buddhist establishment which was quick to exploit the tragedy  in pursuance of its longstanding hatred of the Muslim community. The irony of the situation is  that  while Christians were exclusively targeted  for execution it is the Buddhist establishment  that has been running riot  in the months since the massacre. Christians were singled out for massacre. Yet it is Buddhists who have been on the rampage with hate attacks  on mosques, shops and private homes, perpetuating the farce of a cruel witch hunt against an innocent Muslim doctor, and forcing Muslim cabinet ministers to resign.  Only Christian blood was shed by radical Islamists. But it  was a 3rd party that sought to take mean advantage of the situation over the bodies of slain Christians in pursuance of a fanatical nationalist agenda. Ironically had Buddha been in Sri Lanka after the April massacre his dominant focus would have been “How best can Buddhists reach out to minorities with kindness and compassion after the terrible suffering they have experienced ?”. By contrast the dominant concern that  saturated the media and evoked a ferocious reaction  by Buddhist society has been “How dare anybody deny that  Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist country” ? That is the level to which  pure Buddhism has degenerated in Sri Lanka corrupted by Mahavamsa mythology !

Nor did the Buddhist hierarchy have the humility to  exploit the  wonderful example of non violent restraint  by Christians in the face of extreme provocation, and draw an important lesson to a Buddhist population who would almost certainly have indulged in an orgy of bloodletting in retaliation  had even a single Bo sapling or temple been attacked ! Such is the self righteous arrogance  and sanctimonious humbug of  a pompous  corrupt Buddhist hierarchy who make a mockery of pure Buddhism but whose vanity all politicians  feed  by everywhere falling to their knees and worshipping them !

A final irony in the aftermath of the Easter massacre by radical Islamists is the way Sri Lankan society has conveniently forgotten  the long and sordid history of Christian persecution in Sri Lanka by rowdy Buddhist monks and their goons encouraged by the indifference of Buddhist politicians, local authorities, and police. However hundreds of such incidents going back nearly 20 years have been well documented, and they have tarnished the reputation of the country in the eyes of the world. Indeed on the Sunday before the Easter Massacre there was a nasty incident  in the Anuradhapura district where a worship service was badly disrupted  involving forcible entry, stone throwing and fire crackers. It resulted in  a unique  public demonstration by many Christians  outside the Kollupitiya Methodist Church  just two days before  the Easter Massacre. 

One might have expected that  the unspeakable brutality of the Easter Massacre might soften the heart of the Buddhist community in Sri Lanka and make it more sensitive to its own dismal  record  of Christian harassment. On the contrary it is possible that Buddhist attacks on Christians may only intensify, as Sinhala Buddhist attitudes to both ethnic and religious minorities  continue to harden  driven by the  fanatical dogma that “Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhists country”, with the population meekly submitting to and all governments unable to control an ever expanding aggressive Buddhist establishment that is a law unto itself.  In fact as recently as  4th August in a nasty incident a Christian theological student  required treatment at the Wathupitiwala Base Hospital after being assaulted by villagers led by three Buddhist monks .

The Easter day massacre  revealed the extremes of cruelty and monstrous evil  to which human beings  are capable of descending. At the same time the conflicts and contradictions  following the tragedy  have shown up the flaws and weaknesses permeating secular institutions, as well as the rot and decay that has infested religious institutions, causing true religion  to perish amidst an overall decline in standards values and attitudes throughout society. In this situation  it was left to the security services to deal professionally with the problem of terrorism  which they have done.

However after the initial shock had worn away, the proper response should have been for the entire nation to engage in an act of earnest introspective soul  searching, leading to national repentance for the entrenched sinful  beliefs attitudes values  and priorities that plague this land, condemning it to endless conflict instability and misery. The failure of secular and religious leaders to challenge the national conscience by calling for such a discipline reflects the false pride and arrogance  of a foolish society that will not admit its fallen state and is consequently incapable of  renewal.

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    A good article for another book On Buddhist Violence in Asia. Christians are practising Ahimsa. Buddhists are fanatical, raging and violent.

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    I knew Your were a professor in a Buddhist University. Once you were laid off from the University, were you converted to christianity.

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      Is it JD vs. JD (aka SAOM)?

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    “Like his controversial mentor Pope Francis (better known for being culturally correct than Christian) the Cardinal too became the darling of the secular media…”
    This uncalled for snipe at Pope Francis, who is the best thing that has happened to Vatican since Pope John-Paul I points to signs of bigotry which are further affirmed by:
    “However the sad thing from a Christian point of view was the seeming failure of the Christian Church and its leadership in Sri Lanka to seize the golden opportunity presented by the massacre to enlighten a predominantly unbelieving population about the true meaning of Christianity, and so witness to the immeasurable riches of the Christian Gospel and its unique message of salvation to a suffering world.”
    Does he think that the Churches should have grabbed the opportunity, in the style of a miracle-a-day Evangelists, to convince the “unbelieving population” that to be saved (from who knows what) they should repent their evil ways and join the faith?
    This opportunism is no different in quality from the political opportunism of the Cardinal.

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    Thank you Prof. Ekanayaka for your excellent article. This article should be read by every catholic since most of them have no idea about biblical scriptures & are being led like blind people.

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    Prof. Asoka, I appreciate your comments about Christian groups. But the Cardinal in spite of being human too, still managed to bring into non violent control and obedience, the flock entrusted to him. He is still grieving though he needs to believe that Jesus said that those persecuted for being right with God as King, belong in his kingdom with great rewards in heaven. That eternal spiritual life is far better than mortal life here, which is the commandment to love God and love our neighbor. Why love and bless those who hate us? Jesus paid enormously with his life for karma of the whole world, his creation which he loves, while we were yet in our sins as he was sinless by a miraculous birth to be the offering for karma and sin sickness coming down our generational lines. God loved all humans created in his image and his purpose is to restore that image to live in communion with him forever with man having free will to choose. On the cross with all karma, sickness, evil generations laid on him, covered over by his sinless blood, he cried ” Father forgive them”. That picture cannot be erased. We forgive others offences to experience real freedom.

    On a more natural level, evil murderers need to be stopped in their chaotic attempts to show how they can bring order, having originally nurtured and preserved these very groups for their use. How else can these groups expand under any rule. We must live in peace with all men, redeemed, reconciled and restored, and followers of Jesus are able to live karma free, without rebirth, living and loving, knowing where they will spend eternity, according to what Jesus promised will be at his coming again.

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    “That is the great Christian affirmation of hope and optimism the Cardinal and Bishops of the Church ought to have been proclaiming from the roof tops to a nation engulfed by the gloom and depression of a terrible tragedy.’ …and do not stop there Professor Ekanayaka, we literally hid the Christian message of trusting in His love and care in the face of tragedy behind locked doors of the churches. Maybe the love and compassion too was locked up in there. There was no message of Christlike love and compassion at an opportunity so appropriate. As you very rightly say there was absolutely nothing the cardinal did above and beyond his belated second call to all Christians He need not have done that even as I’m certain that on Easter morn that message of love and understanding must have been very much alive in the hearts and minds of the worshipers at those churches , not to hit back at your enemies or those who hurt you. His first call was even contrary to that. Kudos to you for speaking our hearts out. Your article comes at a suitable time when the Cardinal has re-started his political nuances.

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    The author makes some basic errors. First of all, the Cardinal is not a politician. He has no reason to call for the President’s resignation. Even the President knows his days are numbered, as he is not contesting the upcoming election. So the democratic process will take care of this. Secondly, the author questions why the Cardinal cavorted with a “criminal regime.” There is a saying in English: “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Only the Rajapakses had a plan to defeat the LTTE. The LTTE being the greatest terrorist menace in the 2500 year history of the island, the Cardinal made the right choice in lending his support to MR. Finally, the author does not understand the scope of the Wahhabi threat. If he did, he will be casting his ballot for GR in the next election.

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      Lester, Wahhabi threat is more real than the greatest historical LTTE of your opinion, not because we want to dispute, but because the bible says so. About 95% of bible has come to pass accurately and the rest will happen as written. Of middle east Arab population, many will follow Christ, but the suicidal brain washed youth hoping to awake in Paradise with 70 virgins is from the pit of hell, is Luciferian against God, the Creator and Redeemer of planet earth and the multiverse universe. If God can keep this planet spinning in space, nothing is impossible for him and he says believers in him will be persecuted and suffer being in right standing with him for a period of time, as this antichrist who arises will try to change times and laws but will finally fail as the resurrected Christ returns and reigns.
      Those governing who helped set up and paid these radicals for their use when needed should not be allowed to govern us into destruction. There is only one truth though multiple religions, and we should not confuse karma in ancestral generations as if we ourselves did it, and then through rebirths we can escape it. If Soysa is reborn as Pillai, why this ethnic conflict. Even Buddha was born and cremated as a Hindu. So why does Sri Lanka fight with India. What do Wahhabi’s lack that Christians got in order to kill them. Christ died for karma of whole world, and his message is to forgive, love and bless them into LOVE.

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    Sri Lanka is a small place for Dr. Ekanayake – he has a greater mission in the world outside. He should convey his powerful message to the Christian world which established Inquisition, colonised the poor , gave them the option between the Cross and the sword, wiped off the Red Indians, Incars, natives in many lands fought world wars among themselves, massacred Jews , dropped atom bombs on civilians and now amassing nuclear arms while heating the atmosphere through ferocious greed. Be determined to accomplish that greater mission Dr Ekanayake. Go forth. Give us that great pride as Sri Lankans. Here is a man rushing in where even God fears to tread.

    Soma

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      Soma,
      How can a man who believe that economics is not science be trusted for having a taste for intellect?

      Asoka (I prefer the American tradition of calling by the first name. It is an excellent way to eliminate class-consciousness in our society) has mentioned the role of persecutor vs persecuted but it appears that he has failed to understand the cyclical change of the role over time. For example, Christians were subjected to persecution by the Jews first and then when Christian took over the political power, the role reversed. They persecuted every other religions where ever their political power took them – SL included.

      I think that Cardinal Ranjith’s statements about religious plurality is a signal of submission to SL reality of role reversal of Buddhists & Hindus after the independence – particularly after the last attempt of 1962 coup to keep the power! Now, some extremists Buddhists/Muslims/Hindus efforts to assume the role of the persecutor is nothing but the “history repeating itself”!

      The underlying theme of role reversal is Power! If come to power, NPPM will become the JVP and if try to implement their policies through parliamentary democracy, they will face the same fate of the left in 1977 or else they will have to be another autocracy.

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        D.P.

        Economics is not science, let me tell you why. Economists try to use scientific methods to try to predict the behavior of a man-made financial system. Science is based on observations of natural phenomena which are governed by underlying forces. For example, there are four fundamental forces in physics. There is nothing natural about the economy; markets, money, etc. are all man-made creations. Economists try to hide this fact by resorting to fancy mathematics. The problem is that mathematics does not lay claim to any “real” reality, as per G.H. Hardy, mathematicians create their own reality. Mathematicians are honest people, economists are shysters.

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          Lester,
          What about historical sciences like evolution of organisms; evolution of continents & oceans; evolution of particular species like humans; etc., which don’t particularly deal with four forces? But they are also science subjects. Darwin borrowed the economic theory of Adam Smith and the population theory of Malthus to develop the mechanism Natural Selection to explain the evolution. Survival is the fittest is valid in economics as well as among animals in the wild. If economics is man made, what about psychology; criminology? Aren’t they man made also?

          Studying physical nature is only a part of science; any theory that makes testable prediction belongs to the realm of science. The relationship between supply & demand is testable. Mathematics is only a tool of science but some fields of science can work without it. For example, Darwin’s Origin is totally devoid of math.

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            D.P.

            Mathematics is the best tool to describe quantifiable relationships, whether these relationships are real (science) or not real (economics, psychology). Biology is definitely a science; an organism can be taken apart and each level of complexity – organ, tissue, cell, molecule, etc. isolated. The basis of biology is evolution and the basis of evolution is genetics. Evolution and genetics are both natural phenomena. Whether we study them or not, they exist. Whether we use natural selection or genetic mutations to describe them,. they exist. This is important – science cannot describe something that doesn’t exist. If something man-made exists and the underlying forces are not natural phenomena, science cannot describe it. This is why science can describe a global positioning system (which relies on relativity principles) but not the stock market.
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            Mathematics is more powerful and versatile than science. Reality is not a prerequisite for study. Because economists and psychologists routinely use statistical methods to describe large data sets, the trend now is to call these disciplines “scientific.” Such a conclusion is erroneous. I can create video game characters and use a mathematical model to predict their behavior based on statistics. Does it make the video game real? Regarding Darwin, yes, he used competition to explain natural selection. But competition among species is different from competition among businesses. Natural selection is largely based on genetic mutations, which can be scientifically proven. For example, cancer comes mostly from acquired mutations. Molecules can be described mathematically, for example, DNA, so to say Darwin’s Origin is totally devoid of math is incorrect. What about the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium principle, important for genetics? Economics is the study of random phenomena, while mathematics (chaos theory) and statistics work, there is no physical basis to call this study scientific.

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              Lester,
              You have a lot to learn, it seems. Pls read my original response to Soma’s denial of scientific status to economics. Thanks!

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                D.P,

                Your original premise that anything testable is scientific is incorrect. As I said, science only deals with natural phenomena. That is why science separated from philosophy. Here is a quote from Deidre McCloskey, a Harvard graduate and former professor of economics at the University of Chicago, one of the most famous schools for economics.
                “It is not difficult to explain to outsiders what is so dramatically, insanely, sinfully wrong with the two leading methods in high-level economics, qualitative theorems and statistical significance. It is very difficult to explain it to insiders, because the insiders cannot believe that methods in which they have been elaborately trained and which are used by the people they admire most are simply unscientific nonsense, having literally nothing to do with whatever actual scientific contribution (and I repeat, it is considerable) that economics makes to the understanding of society. So they simply can’t grasp arguments that are plain to people not socialized in economics.”

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          Lester
          Sciences based on natural phenomena are natural sciences.
          Then there are derived sciences called applied sciences.
          we also have social science.
          What makes anything a science is its use of the scientific method to address issues.

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    Thank you, Prof. Ekanayaka. Well said.

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    Dear CT editor,
    ]
    Thank you very much for publishing “Professor’ Ekanayaka’s abhorrent diatribe against all other religions than the ones he believes in, equivalent to the belief of the perpetrators of the Easter Sunday atrocity.
    ]
    His attack on traditional New Testament based Christianity of the New Covenant preached by Jesus Christ demands a decisive response.
    ]
    Without going in to the detail of ‘Professor’ Ekanayake’s, meaningless diatribe, it needs to be seen for what it is; A vile attack on all other denominations of Christianity other than the Pentecostal sects the likes of him have become adherents of, and against Buddhism which he unjustifiably describes as ‘militant’. He refers to ‘devastating effects on the modern Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches’ apparently to be seen everywhere!
    ]
    Along the way, he displays his apparent ignorance of the history of the lies and distortion -based ‘Prosperity theology’ of the Zionist Pentecostal rubbish he seems to believe in, including its history of financial fraud and sexual abuse of innocents in its congregations and its sole purpose of promoting violent Zionism.
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    The publicly ignorant professor finally laments a ‘seeming failure’ of the Christian Church and its leadership in Sri Lanka to ‘seize the golden opportunity’ presented by the massacre, probably a la the Pentecostal attempts to proselatise through bribes (sarong and Rs 50) and promise of prosperity!
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    He engages in a particularly venomous attack on the good Cardinal who has won enormous love and respect of the Sri Lankan polity following his reaction to the Easter atrocity. The vile professor describes the Cardinal’s response as’ only doing his Christian duty’! How low can the misguided stoop? He also blames the ‘secular’ media for making the Cardinal their darling!
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    In summary, the ‘Professor’ will do well to have a critical look at the new so-called ‘Christian’ Zionism he is a devotee of because it is the modern version of the ‘prophetic plan’ of the temple Mount movement that formed the basis of political Zionism.

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      Fr. Chickera is from what Church ?. It seems he doesn’t like either the Roman Catholic or the Anglican Church.
      Does Sri Lanka have all 41,000 denominations ?
      What is Zionism, violent and Political Zionism, it’s different forms and relation with the christianity ?
      Why Zionist Pentacoastal church is Rubbish ?
      I am a sinhala buddhist Supremacist.

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    Dear Professor, what is your problem with Cardinal? You make very objective assessments and criticism of him for what he has done in the aftermath of the tragedy.

    Can I know what you have done to address the situation in your personal capacity. Have you visited the places and met those grieving and made any form of sacrifice to relieve the suffering. of those affected. I commend you if you did but I bet you did not as you present yourself as an arm chair critic.

    The scribes are scribes but Christ’s message is to go beyond.

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      Dear Mr Perera,

      We meet again. Your gravitar confirms your identity.
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      We don’t use words with sufficient precision. I have done some of my homework. Let me make my obsrvations on RI in the proper place.
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      As for the Cardinal, he’s another horror. Pope Francis is a delightful guy, as is Rt. Rev. Justin Welby who is currently in Sri Lanka. He’s a man whose simple open-mindedness is to be seen in this remarkable story:
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      https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/08/justin-welby-dna-test-reveals-my-secret-father-was-sir-winston-c/
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      That represents honesty and openness.
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      I don’t want to say anything more here.

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        Sinhala Man.

        What I have heard about Winston Churchill is he is descending from North American natives or he has that lineage too. HE was racist towards Native Americans.

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        My dearest and appalling Sinhala man and you are a shame to the assumed pseudo yourself. You reckon Justin Welby to be a nice guy in comparison to the Cardinal. Are you living in outer space and not in the existential realities of the surroundings. Let me ask you …as for Justin Welby what else can he do other than to accept the realities of the epicurean society of the West. Can he shoulder his illegitimacy to convert it to a legitimacy instead of trying to pretend to play the role of innocence. He cannot do anything to overturn the promiscuity of his own mother and I do not think Sinhala man is not really embedded culturally as a Sinhala man. Kindly propose an alternative approach to Welby’s stand other than to find himself pathetically condoning his own fate. Do you have any evidence of Cardinal being illegitimate and you reckon him to be pathetic just because he is trying represent his own grief stricken flock. You would embrace the product of promiscuous and epicurean Justin Welby and not the son of our own soil His Eminence Cardinal Ranjith. Get lost man and be real.

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    Prof Ekanayake (ANI), like a typical academic, can pour in word after word to form a voluminous article. Some of these Professors, even in their student days, can fill in an entire exercise book of forty pages in answering a question but in actual fact has not answered the question at all. I need not hold a brief for the Cardinal, but his pronouncement not to retaliate should not be simplified as an act of Christian duty in the light of the fact that it created a serious deterrent for a backlash. Strategically it was a big advantage for Sri Lanka as a whole which all others appreciate from that point of view and ANI seems to look down. Had there been a backlash Sri Lanka would be in ashes, the black July of 1983 surpassed, which ANI prefers not to see. (NONE ARE SO BLIND THAN THOSE WHO WILL NOT SEE.). Apart from the Christian duty, the “statesmanship” displayed by the Cardinal is appreciated by Ambassadors of Islamic countries in Sri Lanka whom they met the former along with the former minister Imtiaz Bakeer Markar, leave alone the media. I wonder, what would the stand be of ANI had there been a backlash and the great professor losing his beloved and property. If indeed it is established that the well planned Easter Attack of Sri Lanka was hatched in the drawing boards of big powers and the gullible, despite their English and Australian Education and having enjoyed the riches of life, who went after seventy two virgins were the pawns; would ANI still call for an introspective soul searching leading to national repentance? My impression is that ANI is agitated displaying false pride and arrogance because of others not following his dictates.

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