18 July, 2019

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‘Moulding Muslim Culture’ Echoes Chinese Uyghur Experiment

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

The July 7th Rally of the Un-Enlightened” (Colombo Telegraph, 4 July 2019), that fizzled out without the expected turnout of 10,000 Buddhist monks, was the most emphatic demonstration yet by the majority Sinhala Buddhists that they would not allow hatred and bigotry to hijack the millennial legacy of peaceful coexistence of different religions and cultures in Sri Lanka. The low turnout to that rally brought a sigh of relief for hundreds of thousands of Muslims in and around Kandy, who feared for the worse, after enduring repeated violence in the hands of an inebriated mob, brainwashed by an Islamophobia manufactured by the organizers of this rally. It is no exaggeration to say that since that horrible Easter carnage in April, the entire Muslim community has been unjustifiably asked to account for the lunacy of a few, a phenomenon not confined to Sri Lanka only.

However, the hidden agenda of the far-right and extremist groups like Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), Mahoson Balakaya, Sinha Le and so on, in respect of the Muslim community needs be understood in light of what was announced in that rally by BBS secretary, Gnanasara. From the beginning, and at least since the Alutgama riots of 2015, BBS and its obstreperous secretary, were vociferous in demanding expulsion of all Muslims to Saudi Arabia or any other Arab country, by reinventing a 19thcentury argument advanced by Anagarika Dharmapala & Co. in a different context, that Muslims were “aliens” in Sri Lanka. The fact that this community, like the Sinhalese and Tamils before, were also foreigners but arrived last and that they were indigenised over one thousand years ago did not matter in BBS’ twisted history. Its ultimate goal is to make this island one hundred percent Sinhala Buddhist. It was this aspiration that was once again reinforced in Kandy, when Gnanasara announced that ‘”every home must have an owner and Sinhalese are the owners of Sri Lanka”. When saying that he quite naively expected the Tamils also to accept their status as tenants and live until they too would be ejected one day.

Perhaps, after realising the impossibility of wholesale expulsion of any community for that matter, especially in the current context of a globally integrated nation state system, BBS now believes that a solution to the so called ‘Muslim Problem’ should be found within the country. There are three models in recent history which it could adopt, when given the power, to make its dream comes true. The most extreme of the three was Hitler’s “final solution” to the Jewish problem. His Gas Chambers and organised pogroms killed millions of Jews and provoked the infamous Holocaust. “Never again”, vowed those who escaped the Holocaust and never will the world tolerate such monstrosity to take place anywhere. Even though one thoughtless monk wished that Gotabaya Rajapaksa should play the role of a Hitler to clean the country out of its mess, it is doubtful whether that priest was thinking of a final solution to a Muslim problem.

The second model, although of equal horror but on a lesser scale, was that executed by the regime in Myanmar, which allowed the soldiers and a vengeful mob kill and rape thousands of Rohingya Muslims, burn their houses and crops, and forced hundreds of thousands cross over to Bangladesh. One of their monks, U Wirathu aka Win Khaing Oo, who the Economsit described as the “Face of Terror”, and who blessed that cleansing in the name of Buddhism, also visited Sri Lanka and was accorded a red carpet welcome by the then president, Rajapaksa. If that horror were to be repeated in this country, there is no land border for Muslims to cross but only the Indian Ocean to drown. BBS and its partner groups like Mahoson Balakaya and Sinha-Le may welcome that. But they have to face the wrath of the majority Sinhala Buddhists of this country whose spirit of tolerance is unparalleled in the annals of Asian history.

The third model is the softest and is the one that lurks behind Gnanasara’s “moulding” of Muslim culture. This model is the one that is currently being experimented by the Chinese government to produce a new generation of Uyghurs who would forget their ethnicity and religion, Islam, to become completely merged with the culture and values of main stream Chinese. According to several but reliable accounts, Uyghurs are now locked up in a huge concentration camp and are undergoing an intensive cultural cleansing. Of course, no government in Sri Lanka would dare to adopt this experiment, and that is why Gnanasara wants a mandate from President Sirisena, who released this man from prison, to undertake this moulding. Is he and his fellow monks of the same ilk going to turn their temples into correction centres where the ulama could be forced to attend lessons and training? Or, are they aspiring to invade mosques and madrasas to brainwash its attendants with their de-Islamization program? Gnanasara is trumpeting that he wants to eradicate Islamic fundamentalism in this country. He also confuses religious fundamentalism with Wahhabism and extremism. These three are not mechanically connected. A religious fundamentalist can remain non-Wahhabi and moderate. Similarly an extremist need not be a religious fundamentalist nor a Wahhabi. In any case how can any of these be eradicated without the cooperation of Muslims?

One can understand this type of half-baked and nationally destructive ideas of BBS and other such elements in our society. But, what one cannot understand is the determined silence of a Presidency, government and parliamentary opposition to counter this madness. The Sinhala Buddhist majority has shown its utter disgust by not answering BBS call to rally in Kandy. Where is the voice of sanity from national leaders? Either, they do not want to give importance to the utterings of a few miscreants, which is understandable but not at the expense of the damage they are causing to the country’s economy and societal harmony, or, they are hypocritically awaiting to reap electoral benefits from politicised Buddhism in the forthcoming elections.

That said, there is no question that the Muslim community and its religious and educational institutions need be reformed. That reformation has to be undertaken by Muslims themselves under an enlightened leadership that understands the current dilemma. No outsider has any mandate to dictate and force reforms upon a community. The All Ceylon Jaiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) and Muslim politicians who are in bed with them have been too lackadaisical or obstinately obstructive in initiating and implementing reforms. Their joint stand against reforming the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act for example, illustrates best their obscurantism. Tom start with, ACJU must include within its hierarchy qualified men and women from other fields. The religious class has arrogated for too long the name ulama exclusively to itself. That name, which is simply the plural of alim, meaning a learned person, applies even to secularly educated intellectuals. Why aren’t secular experts admitted into ACJU? Once ACJU itself is reformed that body can become a progressive force to stimulate changes.

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    The civilizational responsibility of unbelievers, non believers and other non Muslims on whom the Muslims hang like parasites for their existence is to phase out Islam with minimal physical harm to the brainwashed. This latter requirement is a serious constraint that will prolong the operation into a couple of centuries. However it is imperative that non Islamic ethical standards are maintained in this long drawn out process. Therefore the brainwashed should not be hated but looked upon with empathy, while of course safeguarding your life and limb. In short the process is akin to healing a malignant cancer and ensuring that it is not genetically passed down.
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      So Crates,
      .

      “The civilizational responsibility of unbelievers..”
      .
      Isn’t it unfair to load so said unbelievers, non-believers and non-Muslims with unimaginably heavy tasks & responsibilities above their capacity, when the easy, effortless and uncomplicated bestowed upon them since Suddas left us are still being messed up with great struggle with no signs of reaching the shores?
      .
      Give you a clue, start with electing honest politicians, then move on with strengthening the economy a bit so that the maids can say bye to Arabs, and OIC will be powerless to be an obstacle on the long run with your dream project..
      .
      Everyone has the right to dream. Please don’t get your priorities messed up.

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        Shafeek
        Anyone who believes that apostates should be killed has no place in our civilization. They should be treated like sewerage.
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          socrates:

          Riots against Tamils during these periods 1977, 1981, 1983, 1997, where over 5000 innocent Tamils were killed. What is the big difference Muslims killing apostates, and Sinhalese killing Tamils just because they are not Sinhalese? Does your rule apply to all?

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            Fathima
            Anyone who believes that apostates should be killed has no place in our civilization. They should be treated like sewerage.
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              Socrates, that’s good. Next time call them with a common name collectively, and it shouldn’t be the word “Muslims”, unless you are proud being a silly racist – Good luck!

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      Socrates,
      Despite the superficial political appearance, ethnic conflicts are cultural by nature and therefore, solutions for them also must be cultural. History has shown that of all ethnic conflicts, color based conflict is the hardest to disappear for the simple reason that people simply cannot change skin color at will. Everything else, including religion & language have changed over time by various means such as by force or by assimilation or by both. History has also shown that cultural change has very little to do with numerical power. Rather, it has followed political and/or economic power. There is powerful reason for this pattern. In sociological terminology, it can be said as the patron-client relationship where client ending up being swallowed by the patron.
      What China is doing to Uighur Muslims & to other minorities as well as to family members of liberals is no more different from what medieval conquerors including Muslims did to cultures in captured territories. Muslims in Pakistan, Bangladesh & in India were all Hindus before Muslim invasions. Ameer is certainly wrong to call it the softer version of his three model; I think it is the most invasive brainwashing method. In SL, it is extremely difficult to predict any kind of force cultural change to occur in foreseeable future as long as parliamentary democracy remains powerful. However, I must also say that any ethnic group that try to resist to contemporary wave of changes will get increasingly isolated. Who that will be, I can’t predict but, of all of ethnic groups in SL today, only Catholics & S/B are the most liberal minded. My personal view on this issue is that trying hard to live within one particular cultural identity is not very practical in this world any more. Why do humans need religions anymore?

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      Socrates

      Saying of – Pope John Paul II
      “… the religiosity of Muslims deserves respect. It is impossible not to admire, for example, their fidelity to prayer. The image of believers in Allah who, without caring about time or place, fall to their knees and immerse themselves in prayer remains a model for all those who invoke the true God, in particular for those Christians who, having deserted their magnificent cathedrals, pray only a little or not at all.” – Pope John Paul II

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    Dear Doc. Ali,

    BBS’s dream of making Sri Lanka exclusively for Sighalese will never be materialized. It might have been possible in the last century. It’s not simply late, but it’s too late for Gnanasara or his “Saraism” to be practised in Sri Lanka. We are not Muslims of Arakan, Myanmar. We’re proud Sri Lankan Muslims. It’s our motherland and our claim to this land is second to non.

    By the way , the very question , ” Why aren’t secular experts admitted into ACJU?” you asked at the final paragraph , was my question few days ago within our local WhatsApp group. It may be coincident, but Muslims have started to ask this question already. Change is on the way.

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      Ahmad Navi, stop shedding crocodile tears saying we are not Muslims of Arakan but Sri Lankans. Arakan Muslims were also Burmese who started killing Buddhists and Hindus and were expelled. Similarly Sri Lankan Muslims have started killing Tamils and Sinhala Catholics. Sinhalese people never said that this not the motherland of Muslims, but only requested Muslims to behave as Sri Lankans and not to ape Arabs. How many Muslims heeded to this and are continuing to practice Arabisation. Please stop your nonsense and abide by the norms of this country. Look at what Muslims have done in Kataragama this year, by hoisting Islamic flag with Arabic letters in a place which is a tomb of a Muslim priest who came to worship there and do service to God Kataragama. Is this not a sign of aggression and provocation against Buddhists and Hindus for whom it is a sacred city. After few years you will demand to build a mosque there and shout from loud speakers. Please abandon this attempt to slowly take over shrines of other religions. This is the way Kuragala was taken over from Buddhists and Al-Aqsa mosque was built in Jerusalem the sacred city of the Jews. Will the spineless corrupt Sinhala politicians take action to stop this Islamic expansionism in Sri Lanka.

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        Pereira Lanka how much do you know about AL Aqsa. Your statement is flawed. Romans destroyed the temple of Jews, so how can you hold Muslims responsible for that. The holy seplica still stands where it was since it was built. Repeating a lie does not make it true.

        If you do insist on the history and the heritage have you thought of the hereditary land of the Native VEDDOS. Have you Immigrant Sinhalese not taken it over and built upon it ruining the heritage of the natives. Now don’t preach saying the Sinhalese are the natives we all know that’s BS

        Your instinct of jumping to spew hate and destroy Muslims in their birth beds show your hatred towards them and shedding crocodile tears for the Tamil loveable lost in the Easter bombings shows how hypocritical your selective empathy is. Did you voice your concern for the five innocent Tamil boys killed in Trinco by your Sinhala Buddhist and your lor GOTTA. Did you shed a tear for re thousands of innocent Tamils who died in the war.

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          Roman leslie

          Archaeology reveals continuous pre history of Sri lankan people since 125000 years. They are all not veddos.

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            latha

            “Archaeology reveals continuous pre history of Sri lankan people since 125000 years. “

            Does the same archaeology say all Sri Lankan (word came into use only after 1972) who lived over 125000 years were Sinhala (Buddhists)?

            “They are all not veddos.”

            If they were not Veddos, who were they?

            Are you going to clarify my queries with evidence/reference or go on indefinite hiding?

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              Hi vedda

              People lived in this island become Sri lankans, not indians or Arabs or some thing. Word Sihala was used to identify the people in it since more than 2000 years. Proofs are from south Indian inscriptions.

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                latha

                “People lived in this island become Sri lankans,”

                Could you define Sri Lankan.
                When was the people of this island become known as Sri Lankan?
                Who is entitled to be a Sri Lankan?
                What does Sri Lankan mean to you?

                ..
                I have another 1001 questions regarding Sri Lankan which will follow once I read your response.

                “Word Sihala was used to identify the people in it since more than 2000 years. Proofs are from south Indian inscriptions.”

                Thanks for your bull.
                Let me have the reference.

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    If this ‘third model’ is implemented, there will be a ‘fourth model, – the Govigamas to rule, the Karawa and Salagama to be subservient, the Rodiyas, Dancers, Drummers, Kitul Extractors, Rubber Tappers, Pottery Makers and others who will be the ‘labourer class’.

    This class separation exists in the Maha Sangha itself.
    Only Govigamas can become Viharadhipathies and aspire to higher positions.
    Will “Child Recruitment” to the Sangha continue?
    p.s
    What class is Gnanasara?

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      He is just GLASS no Class

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    The sooner these Sinhala Buddhists supremacists accept the fact that the minority belong in this country, and are not going anywhere the better it is for the unity and progress of this country. There are evil influences trying to divide this country, and deliberately setting one against the other, to fulfill their agendas, which is not in the
    best interests of this country, and these vicious thugs who pretend to be Buddhists, are buying into it.

    We should blame our leadership for the situation we are in today, especially Sirisena, who not only dropped the ball when it came to the Easter day attack by violent extremists, but who has made one stupid blunder after another, including releasing this BBS thug, who has been responsible for spreading hate, and violence. We are richer economically, and culturally, because of our diversity, and no uneducated mob or saffron robed thug, can change that. Every time they attack the minority, it is the country that loses.

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    Hitler is loved by Muslims all around the world. What are you are talking about ? Also the entire article is nothing but a pile of garbage. Funny he forgot to mention how 250+ non muslims died recently due the Islamist terrorism ? Not a word. Instead he’s trying to victimize the Muslims. Though I don’t condone the behavior of BBS they are simply reacting to what Muslims have been doing over the years. Islamaiziation is a real threat if you look at what’s going on in the Eastern province. Ancient Buddhist monuments are being destroyed. Muslims not Sinhalese started this mess. Clean up your own house first before blaming others As a 2000 year old nationality Sinhala’s are simply following their instincts to survive. We have survived all kinds of invasions from south Indian to European.

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      Andare 2.0

      “Hitler is loved by Muslims all around the world.”

      You oppose gay sex.
      Some muslims countries including Brunei punish gays by stoning them to death under anti-LGBT laws.
      Therefore you are much in common with harsh modern day interpretation of Islamic law than liberal ideals of Buddhism.

      I suspect you are a hard line primitive Muslim hypocrite.

      “As a 2000 year old nationality Sinhala’s are simply following their instincts to survive. “

      Where did you find 2000 year old nationality Sinhala’s.

      The word Nationality didn’t appear in literatures until 1691.
      Therefore why don’t you stuff your “2000 year old nationality Sinhala’s” wherever you find holes.

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        “The word Nationality didn’t appear in literatures until 1691.
        Therefore why don’t you stuff your “2000 year old nationality Sinhala’s” wherever you find holes.”

        Term nationality might be new to the world. But the concept is not new. Term was defined by Europeans in 15th century because nationalities started to arise in Europe very recently. 500 years ago there were no nationalities in Europe. But in rest of the world various nationalities have existed way beyond the 15th century.

        Read this………………..

        The oldest CONTINUOUS nationality (that is, has existed without break since its begining) is probably Chinese. Of course China has gone through many changes in forms of government, but the COUNTRY of China has existed for thousands of years. Japan is somewhat newer—it’s an offspring of China, as is Korea. The Jews— and their ancestors the Isrealites—have existed as a CULTURE for thousands of years too, but not as a country—there have been many breaks in their existance as a country. None of the European countries have existed as such for more than a couple of thousand years, and mostly less than that. Egypt might make the claim for the Western world as the oldest continuous country.

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          Andare 2.0 Thamby

          Please stop your bull.
          Where did you get the 3rd Para?

          You sound like the very unhappy Shenali Waduge.
          She fights for everyone except oppressed people of this island and Burma.

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      “Of all the stories of Righteous Gentiles who saved Jews during the Shoah, there’s one story that rarely gets told: the Muslims who risked their lives to save Jews.

      Norman H. Gershman’s photographic exhibition “Besa,” currently showing at the Soho Photo Gallery, redresses this imbalance, focusing exclusively on the unsung Albanian Muslim heroes who hid their Jewish neighbours from the Nazis, as well as thousands of other Jews fleeing across Europe, often at great risk to their lives.

      The portraits, which have been published in a book with the same title, were painstakingly taken by Gershman over a seven-year period, in which he tracked down these ordinary Albanian and Kosovar Muslims whose families closely observed the principle of “Besa” to save Jewish lives.”
      More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_and_Muslim_rescue_efforts_during_the_Holocaust

      Some Jews are ungrateful, and do not appreciate the fact that many Jews were saved from Hiltler’s massacre by Arabs and Muslims.

      Do explain what have the Muslims done to the Sinhalese over the years.
      Did they attack the Sinhala Buddhists, kill them, burnt their homes and businesses, and temples?

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        Tara
        Many thanks for yr information about Albanian Muslims + the book. Must see if Amazon have a cheap copy.

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          You are welcome. You read some anti Muslim troll comment and are amazed how ignorant some are.

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        For anyone interested in pursuing this salutory info. I suggest stsrting with:

        thishttps://972mag.com/jews-stand-up-for-muslims-as-muslims-once-stood-up-for-them/125014/

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    Ameer Ali

    “From the beginning, and at least since the Alutgama riots of 2015,………..”

    Alutgama attack took place in June 2014, NOT 2015.

    “ACJU must include within its hierarchy qualified men and women from other fields.”

    How many such “qualified men and women” do you know who can form part of the
    “hierarchy” of the ACJU. Well, I can think of ONLY one person and he is in far away Australia and his ONLY interest is Lecturing!

    “That name, which is simply the plural of alim, meaning a learned person, applies even to secularly educated intellectuals.”

    Really? Shouldn’t the “secularly educated intellectuals” have any knowledge of Islam? Don’t they have to be practicing Muslims?.

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      muhandiram

      “Really? Shouldn’t the “secularly educated intellectuals” have any knowledge of Islam? Don’t they have to be practicing Muslims?.”

      Of course they should have a knowledge of islam,but they don’t need to be scholars or priests.Who are you,you bloody fool to think only you have a knowledge of islam.As for practicing islam ,they don’t need to unless you want them to show their experience and knowledge in bombings.As long as they are decent humans,that is enough to call themselves muslims and take on roles to lead the muslim community in the right direction.Muslims in sri lanka have come to a critical point where there are cross roads,and those leading them should take them on the correct road.If they take them on the road to nanthikadal there is going to be disaster for the muslims.

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      Tara,
      I am really grateful to you for telling us about the heroic and loving behaviour of Albanian Muslims during WW2.
      It wd b lovely to meet you, but I guess, knowing about the Soho exhibition, u r living in London.
      Perhaps, like me, you are also a supporter of the Palestinians, & particularly grieved by Trump’s shocking recognition of Israel’s claim to Jerusalem as its capital city & ownership of the Golan Heights.

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        I am disgusted by the zionists, and how they keep getting away with the occupation, land theft, and the continuous killing of unarmed young people, who protest their suffering, and how the US keeps sending them billions of dollars, and weapons, to keep the occupation going. Israel has been able to control the US Congress and the media, and keeps pretending that IT is the victim of occupied people. The Americans know better, but justify the violence by stating that Israel is “defending” itself. The other Arab nations have now become Israel’s good buddies, and have thrown their own under the bus.

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          Tara
          It is a partnership.
          US imperialism uses Israel as its ME bad cop. The cop extracts his pay in many ways, knowing his master’s weakness.
          Not all Arab states. Only the most reactionary ones.
          Syria, Iraq and Libya were among the most defiant and have been punished.
          Egypt since Sadat was a tragedy.
          The Sheiks will have to run for their lives if the US pull out.

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            SJ

            You are still living in early 70s.

            During the Iraq Iran war Israel was supplying spare parts and weapons to Iran.
            Saudi, Bahrain and Qatar have forged close relation with Israel over 25 years.

            Even Egypt before Azad was greater tragedy with Pan Arab Nationalism going nowhere.

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          Tara the Islamic bigot, Jerusalem is the birth place of Judaism and rightly belongs to them. Jews were in Palestine several thousands of years ago before Arabs, who got away with occupation, committed land theft and caused murder and ethnic cleansing of Jews. Now the God has intervened to fulfill Biblical prophesy and reinstated the lands to Jews. It is Arabs who are creating trouble by refusing to budge and get back to where they came from. Israel has legitimate right to defend itself from these Arab infidels who tried tree times to dislodge Israel and failed. You are complaining about Jews, but look at what is happening in eastern province where Muslims are committing land theft from Tamils, who protest their suffering, and how SL government keeps ignoring. If you are disgusted by the Zionist actions, we are disgusted by the Muslim actions.

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            Lanka Perera

            the Sinhala/Buddhist bigot, Sri Lanka is the birth place of Veddas and rightly belongs to them. Veddas were in this island several thousands of years ago before you the dumbass descendants of Kallthonies, who got away with occupation, committed land theft and caused murder and ethnic cleansing of Veddas.

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            What UTTER nonsense, Lanka Perera about Jerusalem being the birthplace of Jerusalem, (thousands of years ago) + therefore belongs to the millions of Jews who have arrived in the world at present — most of all, of course, being descendants of converts to Judaism around the world after earlier Jews emigrated (or fled).
            What is yr evidence for the statement that Arabs cleansed Palestine of Jews?
            Take a look at the history of some other countries where Muslims, Arabs + Christians co-habited for several centuries before a Christian monarch banished Jews + Arabs, e.g. Spain.
            If you agree to turning over a country back to its “original” inhabitants, what about the peoples who were there before the Jews? Or shouldnt Australia & America & New Zealand, and…and…revert to their much more recent inhabitants? Wipe out everybody and get back to base? Which does not mean I wd play down the more ‘recent’ expropriation of countries by mostly white invaders.
            Listen to the consciences of many Jews, Israelis, too, who are not comfortable with what has been done in their name. Nor are all Christians, by any means. Apart from sections like American fundamentalist and Trump-loving ones.
            And, what nonsense about “the God” intervening to put things right. Why do u say “the” God? Is it cos u dont believe in one yourself? Can you really believe all this stuff + nonsense about a god directing all his/her love to a tiny fraction of people & throwing everyone else to the wolves? Frightful god! Frightful actions! Imagine WORSHIPPING such a (non-)being.
            It is really really sad that you display such acceptance of what the Israelis are doing & also totally reject one of Sri Lanka’s vital communities.

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              Sinhala Man has kindly drawn my attention to an error in my post above.
              “Jerusalem being the birthplace of Jerusalem….” should, of course read “being the birthplace of Judaism”.
              So Bethelem (or Nazareth or wherever), being the birthplace of Christianity, all Christians should have a right to settle there and turf out the people who have lived there for centuries.
              This handing over of another people’s homeland in West Asia has been done in OUR LIFETIME by powers with vested interests. Similarly, chaos, including the toppling of democratically elected leaders like Mossadegh, in this region has been spurred by Western ambitions & interests. And now the West is pushing back against one of the many tragic results of their own actions — the millions of refugees.
              Let not Sri Lanka compel its minorities to flee again.

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    CT, again I will state the same hoe truth I stated in comments to Lakman Harees’ rticle a week ago. I promise not to violate your policy on comments.
    /
    It is becoming stale now that a battalion of Muslim writers have started a campaign, added on to here by Ameer Ali, that “since that horrible Easter carnage in April, the entire Muslim community has been unjustifiably asked to account for the lunacy of a few”…
    /
    This disingenuous complain reflects an unbelievable level of selfishness and hypocrisy. As I pointed out to Harees, the Muslim vanguard did not see any thing wrong in blaming the ENTIRE Sinhala and Sinhala Buddhist population for the Aluthgama and Digana riots (triggered by extremist Muslim actions).
    /
    But now they are putting forward this 1% theory, in protest against minor inconveniences caused by the on-going terrorism investigations. But eapons have been found hidden across the island and extremists who have received terrorist training are still being caught.
    /
    How can a nation reconcile when sections of society act with such utter cunning and selfishness?

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      terrence

      who started the violence?muslims?You start something and then have a whinge about violence done by muslims.When you went around destroying their homes,businesses and livelihoods and killing them it was okay,and nobody even jailed for it,but as ameer ali said if some lunatics among them retaliate then it becomes necessary to again go after innocent muslims in kurunegala and gampaha.Violence begets violence.

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        When Muslims had always started the problem since 1915, and Sinhalese react to it, why are you blaming the Sinhalese. Now Muslims have started a problem in Kataragama by hoisting Islamic flag with Arabic letters, and if Buddhists and Hindus object to it, do you think that they are wrong. All over the world Muslims are causing problems and very soon all non Muslims will get together to sort it out.

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          lanka perera
          “Now Muslims have started a problem in Kataragama “

          getting ready to bash the 2 million muslims again because someone hoisted a flag.Don’t say muslims started a problem.Find out who is the culprit and name him.When gnanasera thera does something how would you like if muslims said sinhalese are doing it.This is the biggest problem we are facing today.If there is a problem between a sinhalese man and a muslim man we don’t say perera and mohamed had a fight.we say instead muslims attacked a sinhalese man.

          If someone hoisted a flag let them hoist it.When tamils complained that lord bhuddha’s statues are coming up all over areas where there are no bhuddhists,i commented in this blog,let them put up all the statues they want and spend their money like idiots.We are the idiots if we react to these kind of things because the idiot who is doing it wants us to react.One guy in a western country had a habit of jumping out of the bushes and exposing himself to the women joggers and was arrested.All the women except one said when they displayed disgust and shock he seemed very pleased and stood there and smiled.The one woman who said he looked dissappointed and ran off was the one who said she burst out laughing when she saw his teeny weeny dick.So do not react the way they want you to.

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            When Muslims commit a crime on non Muslims you say only one man or a few did it, but when others commit a crime on Muslims you blame the entire ethnic group. If Muslims can hoist their flag in a shrine sacred to others, then others also should have the same right. Are you asking Buddhists to hoist their flag in a mosque.

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              lanka perera

              iam not accusing all sinhalese.I’am saying if someone commits a crime regardless of whether they are muslims or sinhalese,arrest them and see that they do their time for their crime.because if that is not done where sinhalese are concerned,it is the root cause of the problems.Just treat them as criminals.

              as for the flag hoisting it was not done inside a bhuddhist devale.so your comparision with hoisting a bhudhist flag in a mosque is that of a dimbulb.Muslims also have a rich tradition at kataragama,and hindus too before bhuddhists took over and made out kataragama was exclusively theirs only.Not all bhuddhists but racist ones like you.read this below to understand.particularly look at the photo of the 1950’s which is living proof that muslims too had a religious history at kataragama.

              http://khidr.org/khadirgamam.htm

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                shankar

                I do accuse all Sinhalese for tolerating bigots, racists, fascists, little islanders, stupids, murderers, ….. war criminals, common criminals, rapists, crooks, ignoramus, ………….. terrorists, …..

                I do accuse all Tamils for tolerating bigots, racists, fascists, little islanders, stupids, murderers, ….. war criminals, common criminals, rapists, crooks, ignoramus, ………….. terrorists, ….

                I do accuse all Muslims for tolerating bigots, racists, fascists, little islanders, stupids, murderers, ….. war criminals, common criminals, rapists, crooks, ignoramus, ………….. terrorists, …..

                I do accuse you for tolerating bigots, racists, fascists, little islanders, stupids, murderers, ….. war criminals, common criminals, rapists, crooks, ignoramus, ………….. terrorists, ….. and your baldy army boyfriend.

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    The so-called “Chinese Uyghur experiment” did not come out of the blues, and there is more of US-backed Uyghur nationalism at play than Islam in this matter.
    Saudi Arabization of Islam in Xinjiang Uyghur started in the 1990s.
    The secessionist project directed by the US and funded by the Saudis is the source of a problem.
    Terrorism was unknown in the region until the 1990s.
    Chinese capitalism is a source of some of the just grievances, but that has little to do with the US-Saudi sponsored terrorist project.
    The writer is relying solely on Western media to interpret events in Xinjiang Uyghur, and creating parallels out of skewed lines.

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      SJ

      Here we go again.

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    TUNISIA is a Sunni- Islamic country of which the President can be only a Muslim. TUNESIA has banned BURQA full body cover because Tunesia had more than one ISIS Attack in will of which women blew up the innocent people. . Bush Jr, did not like Tunesian president.
    What Ameer Ali saying is TaQiyya.

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      To explain the Arabic word TAQIYAH, Hughes Dictionary of Islam says, “Literally it means “Guarding oneself”. It is taught and practiced only in Shi’ah doctrine and is unknown, unheard of, and never practiced in the world majority Sunni sect. This is supposed to be a pious fraud whereby a Shi’ah Muslim believes he is justified in either smoothing down or in denying the peculiarities of his religious belief, in order to save himself from religious persecutions. A Shi’ah can, therefore, pass himself off as a Sunni to escape persecution.”

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        Shiaas use the word Taqiyya to denote LIE TO UNBLIEVERS in order to protect your God and his saying. the similar word in Sunni is MAD’RATI.
        IT is the same thing with “HARM”. Muslims must harm non believers but harming believers is the greatest sin they can do. Zaharan did that too by killing some Saudi Arabian Muslims.
        Sri lanka rehabilitated JVPers LTTEs. Sri lanka must rehabilitated 40,000 who attended the Wahabi classes and 10,000 who got training in bomb making. Need to find out how many Abhaya, Niqub and Burqa wearing women attended those Wahhabi Training classes for Bomb Making.
        Sri lanka should learn from how they rehabilitated Uighurs as well as got rid of Saudi Arabia trained Bangladeshi terrorists in Myanmar.
        For Ameer, WAhhabis destroyed Sri lankan economy and that is not a problem. but All those that would affect muslims are important. That is why Muslim Ideology is good for exploitation. So, they get killed and stupids get caught too.

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        @Marwan
        To explain the Arabic word AYSHA, Hughes Dictionary of Islam says, “Literally it means “Guarding oneself against old perverted warlords”. It is taught and condoned only in the Stone age Mohommedan cult.

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    Muslims had sided with Sinhalese In attacking the Tamils during Rajapaksa era. MR utilized them against the Tamils. Muslims benefited from the destruction of the Tamil homes and businesses. They didn’t side with the minorities then. Now it’s their turn to face the wrath of the Sinhalese. In fighting within a country will bring down the entire country. We could have developed our country had we not spend money on defence.
    We could have had far better roads and railway systems which would have made the common man’s life much better

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      It is true that Muslims sided with the Sinhalese during the war. However at that time Sinhalese never asked the Muslims to prove their patriotism but once the war was won Sinhalese even told the Muslims this is our victory youbuave no right to celebrate. Next target of the Sinhalese were already fixed. Once the Muslims are done with it will be Catholics then the class war among the Sinhalese this never ends WONDER OF ASIA

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        So why did you Muslims side with the Sinhalese to marginalise and commit war crimes on the island’s Tamils , with whom you share a common language ,culture( before this Arabisation took place) and ethnicity( you are no Arabs. Moors , Afghans, or anything else but Tamils ) ?
        Answer. for petty benefits, power and wealth for your selfish, nasty elite and politicians and lastly to establish your fake Arab immigrant Dravidian community from South India , that only arrived in the island largely as immigrants a few centuries ago. For this you needed land, funds and power. Funds were being provided by certain Gulf Arab and other Islamic nations. Power was being given to the Muslims by the Sinhalese , as a tool to deliberately create a rift and marginalise the Tamils Despite 72% living amongst the Sinhalese and only 28% living amongst the Tamils , largely in the east. You never claimed for Islamic homelands for Muslim majority towns and villages in the Sinhalese areas , as you knew that the Sinhalese were powerful and the consequences of these claims, EG. Aluthgama. However you knew the Tamils were now militarily weak with no one to protect them , locally or internationally . The international community helped the Sinhalese to defeat the LTTE what was protecting the Tamils but after the defeat did not bother or press the Sinhalese to find a just solution for the Tamil people, showing they are also opportunistic hypocrites and this includes India. Therefore you people decided to steal the Tamil lands in the east , where you arrived as refugees , as few centuries ago with the help of the Sinhalese.

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          This is why you downplayed your actual Tamil ethnicity and created a fake Arab pan Islamic identity /ethnicity that only exists in this island and helped the Sinhalese. Spied for them during the war, used arms provided by the Sri Lankan armed forces to kill , loot , rape, destroy Hindu temples and ethnically cleanse thousands of Tamils and stole their lands and villages. The LTTE attacked you for this reason and to safeguard the Tamils, not because of anything else. After the war were doing the same with Sinhalese state help and Gulf Arab funds. Illegally acquiring thousands of acres of Tamil/Hindu temple lands for Islamic expansion. Nothing to do with patriotism by sheer opportunism to marginalise your fellow non Muslim Tamils and steal their lands , to set up a fake Arab Wahhabi/Salafist Islamic Caliphate , as base to capture the entire island. The Sinhalese thought they were using you to marginalise the Tamils but Muslims were cunningly using the historic hatred that the Sinhalese had for the Tamils for their own benefit, power and to establish themselves into a powerful position. This is why the, Sinhalese who are now drunk with racist power after the defeat of the LTTE , are angry with the Muslims , as they now feel betrayed and used. They thought the Muslims will conform to their racist agenda , instead of having their own agenda and using the Sinhalese. Sinhalese inwardly know that the Tamils belong the island and their fight for self determination was just , whereas the Muslims do not belong and their claims to large swathes of lands in the east and elsewhere for Islamic homelands is absurd and is also a threat to them. Tamil and Sinhalese people are closely related and their cultures and religions do not confront each other but this imported ahhabi /Salafist aggressive Islamic culture confronts both.

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            Sinhalese inwardly know that the Tamils belong the island and their fight for self determination was just , whereas the Muslims do not belong and their claims to large swathes of lands in the east and elsewhere for Islamic homelands is absurd and is also a threat to them. Tamil and Sinhalese people are closely related and their cultures and religions do not confront each other but this imported ahhabi /Salafist aggressive Islamic culture confronts both. The short Sinhalese are angry that they have been taken for a ride by the Muslims, by trying to marginalise the island’s Tamils who have every right to be equal to them and their lands, they have made the immigrant fake Arab Tamil Dravidian Muslim from South India very powerful and created all this mess. They are seething . Tamils called you traitors and now they are doing the same.

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              Correction: Imported Wahhabi /Salafist Arabised aggressive Islamic culture. The Sinhalese with short term goals, not the short Sinhalese

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    This is how UK and EU treat Muslims:
    • France was the first EU country to ban burka & niqab wearing in 2011. France has shut down 20 mosques and prayer halls for preaching radical ideology since 2016. After Paris bombs pigs head were thrown at mosques.
    • Belgium has banned halal animal slaughter. Belgium is the 2nd country after France to ban burka in public in 2011.
    • Halal animal slaughter was banned in Denmark in 2014.
    • Germany – 91 mosques were attacked in 2016. Chancellor Merkel declared in 2016 that face veils should be prohibited. Two-thirds of Germans say ‘Islam has no place in German culture’
    • Italy – In Lombardy burka ban was approved in local government buildings and hospitals.
    • Netherlands – bans full face veil in government buildings, schools, hospitals and public transport.
    • Switzerland – burka is banned in Ticino and a 2008 referendum decided to ban minarets on mosques.

    • UK – 1700 mosques exist in UK and half of this were attacked since 9/11. 57% of British public support burka ban in UK (YouGov poll) in 2016. After the Manchester attack a mosque was torched in Oldham.
    • In 2016 – 137 mosques were attacked – 60 in France, 54 in Germany, 21 in Sweden & 2 in Switzerland.
    • In 2008 leaders of 15 European cities met in Belgium and called for a ban on new mosques and halt to ‘Islamization’ of European cities.
    • Austria has banned foreign sources of financing and Imams must speak German. 156 assaults against Muslims in 2015. Austria’s new ‘integration law’ banned full face veil in 2018.
    • Netherlands – bans full face veil in government buildings, schools, hospitals and public transport. Party for Freedom declares to ban all mosques in Netherlands.
    • Romania – a lawsuit stopped the Bucharest mega-mosque.
    Source: https://www.spur.asn.au/2019/06/14/sri-lankas-easter-sunday-targets-are-the-real-victims-eu-stop-trying-to-change-narrative-throw-stones-from-glass-houses/

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      Eagle Eye

      First foreign visit by President Trump is to saudi arabia.

      Other side of the story St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Stoke-on-Trent in the UK was give to Muslims.

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    Sri Lanka is a country where majority Native Sinhalayo has to work according to the whims and fancies of two sets of minorities. The first consist of the descendants of slaves brought to this country by Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial rulers from Malabar and the second, descendants of Muslims who came to this country as traders and who were given refuge when they faced slaughter by Portuguese rulers. For example:
    • When Sinhala which has been the official language until British changed it to English was made the official language after colonial rule ended, Demalu demanded Demala language also should be recognized as an official language. Majority agreed.
    • When the Government introduced the Sinhala letter ‘Sree’ to car number plates, Demalu opposed. So ‘Sree’ was removed and letters of ‘Para Sudda’ were introduced. Demalu had no problem with the letters of ‘Para Sudda’. What an unpatriotic bunch.
    • When Demalu said they want to sing the National Anthem in Demala, Sinhalayo agreed.
    • When Demalu said they want to keep ‘Thesawalamei’ which is a Malabari customary law brought to this country by slaves, Sinhalayo agreed.
    • When Muslims said they want Shariah Law, Sinhalayo agreed.
    • When Muslims said they want ‘Madrasas’, Sinhalayo agreed.
    • When the President said 19th Amendment should be scrapped, TNA and Muslim Congress politicians say they want it and Sinhalayo will allow them to keep it.
    • When TNA said they want a Federal Constitution, despite objections from majority Native Sinhalayo, dumbos in this Government agreed to that demand.
    • When Vigneshwaran said ‘NO SINHALESE IN THE NORTH’, the Government agreed to that and did not help the Sinhalayo who were expelled by LTTE from Yapanaya.
    • When TNA told to reduce Army in the North, the Government did that.
    • When TNA said not to teach history in schools, the Government agreed.

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    Except for those who steadfastly continue to demonstrate their intransigence and inflexibility regarding such matters, Muslim Sri Lankans have largely begun to realize that serious changes have to be effected on their social and cultural practices and habits to ensure that the present and especially their future generations can continue to live in our Motherland with peace of mind and without any existential fears.
    This would mean that a ‘moulding of Muslim culture’ is under the circumstances unavoidable and inevitable.
    This ‘moulding’ activity could either be an internal process, shaped and driven by the Muslim themselves or it could be an external process, shaped, driven and imposed on the Muslim community by others (as demanded by the BBS according to the above article).
    Time is of the essence. Instead of standing on ceremony, the Muslims must take the initiative and commence of their own volition an internal process of ‘restructuring’ their socio-cultural practices and habits.
    Delays on their part could result in the imposition of new rules and regulations by the State which may be unpalatable to the Muslim community and which may as an extreme populist measure result in the introduction of some type of ‘Bhumiputhra Policy’, similar to that implemented by Malaysia in the early 1970’s.

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    Dear Lanka Perera!

    It seems that you put things together unnecessarily. Myanmar’s Muslims were not treated as fellow country folks, they were treated like 3rd class citizens, like the Sinhala unit of Zharan cult, the BBS, tries to distinguish Sri Lankan Sinhalese as 1st class , Tamils and traditional Muslims as 2nd class and ardent followers of Islam as 3rd class one. They put under 4th class category (terrorist category) Muslim government ministers, Muslim Governors, Muslim Doctors, Muslim Journalists who spoke against terrorists, innocent Muslim women for simply wearing Hijab, innocent Muslim men for simply wearing long beard and charged them under ICCPR. Whereas , the real Sinhala Buddhist terrorist Gnanasara is holding meeting and preaching hate and bigotry. ICCPR is silent. WHY? Law must be applied equally then only we’ll feel that Sri Lanka treats us with due respect.

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    Amir,
    As usual, nonsense!!!!
    /
    Re-education of Muslims in China is an absolute success. Amongst other things, those Muslims are thought China’s great cultre. Even the Saudi prince defended China’s right to fight MUSLIM TERRORISM. That is what Sri Lanka is doing now.
    /
    Since Muslims killed more than 250 innocent people, Muslims injured more than 500 innocent people, etc and Safi the Muslim version of Harold Shipman, Badudeen, hissubulla, asad, etc, facilitated Muslim genocide of Sinhalese, etc, it’s Sinhalese’ business to order Muslims what kind of 1slam they should practice.

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    Notice how Amir uses biggest and worst words to criticise never existed Sinhala extremists and lighter words to mention utter barbaric Muslim terrorists. AL-TAQIYA!!!

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    JD, you mean a thakkadi Tambi?

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    Even the West has moulding of every culture to suit their European dominated culture. Only in Sri lanka, all other religions tries to behave as if they are very religious. What ever the resulting ethnic culture is not their culture but a mixing and mostly European.
    Anyway, Sinhala buddhists have to start talking in order to preserve what is ours, what we are losing.
    The best way is make those Sinhala Parliamentarians lose. They are beginning of the problem.

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    @,Ameer ali ,who destroyed the coexistence of the community? It is the radical muslims nurtured by the wahabists from saudi and qatar.If the people want to live in peace,the muslims must give respect to the people of other faith without forcing their foolish ideas. Saharan,during his speech at Kattankudy said that the false god allah created Srilanka for muslims and advocated his followers to kill people who practise other religion.

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    The author is concerned the attitude of the Buddhist priests towards Islam. But there was a time that colourful flowers in the traditional women dresses of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Iranian, Malaysiyan, Iraqi, Tunisian, Syrian or Morocco have reflected their respective cultures. Now those flowers have disappeared and instead a black gown is worn by the women of these countries. What has changed is that a vile, criminal, stone-age ideology that attempts to control all aspects of life is taking over much of the world while the weak leaders of the Western World say we have to respect it, because they claim it is just a religion. However, today some North African countries have begun to show their backs towards Islamic culture. Likewise recently the Princess of Dubai ruler has fled and her head be chopped. Even the Muslim younger generation in the Middle-East wanted to have the taste of freedom. It is the shared belief in freedom can successfully defeat extremism from all quarters. The NTJ has failed to accept everyone’s way of life. Therefore, there is nothing wrong when a necessity has arisen for the Buddhist priests to gather and call for a united Sri Lanka to mould the Muslim culture by way of stripping extremism in all its appeal.

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    The author is concerned with the attitude of the Buddhist priests towards Islam. But there was a time that colourful flowers in the traditional women dresses of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Iranian, Malaysiyan, Iraqi, Tunisian, Syrian or Morocco have reflected their respective muslim cultures. Now those flowers have disappeared and instead a black gown is worn by the women of these countries. What has changed is that a vile, criminal, stone-age ideology that attempts to control all aspects of life is taking over much of the world while the weak leaders of the Western World say we have to respect it, because they claim it is just a religion. However, today some North African countries have begun to show their backs towards Islamic culture. Likewise recently the Princess of Dubai ruler has fled and her head be chopped. Even the Muslim younger generation in the Middle-East wanted to have the taste of freedom. It is the shared belief in freedom can successfully defeat extremism from all quarters. The NTJ has failed to accept everyone’s way of life. Therefore, there is nothing wrong when a necessity has arisen for the Buddhist priests to gather and call for a united Sri Lanka to mould the Muslim culture by way of stripping extremism in all its appeal.

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      Ayathuray Rajasingam:
      .
      Stripping extremism cannot be done by another form of extremism?

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      Have you been to Malaysia? Bangladesh? Morocco?
      Have you seen Tunisian women demonstrating on the streets? They still do.
      Check your facts.
      Do not let your anti-Muslim prejudices blind you to reality.
      Wahhabism has not touched all counties, even in the Arab World.
      Black clothes dominate Post Islamic Revolution (Shiite) Iran, but Women have more freedom there than they do in Hindu India.
      *
      Let not any priest, especially a racist SB priest, tell a people what they should do with their lives.
      *
      Pandering to SB chauvinism may pay in the short run but will destroy you in the end.

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        Malay society in Malaysia is now very fundamentalist. It’s not Morocco, Tunisia or Bangladesh. Women have given up traditional Malay attire for the headscarf and Middle Eastern Abaya. Ayathurai is right.

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          M
          Have you seen images of Malay women in public places?
          Not long ago, in KL I ave seen young girls in public places wearing body hugging garments (including T-shirts and denims), and of course a scarf to be faithful to the religion.
          They were all colourfully dressed– not in black as declared by your friend.
          *
          When did you last leave Malaysia?

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    Tensions amongst various groups arise from each trying to outsize the other. We did not hear or see the color of a Gnanasara until the disproportionate “Halalization” took place in Sri Lanka. The author, best known to him, does not talk of that. No government or civil society took this up. Obviously, the western world was disturbed by the apathy of the average and milked the Gnanasaras and the like to do the needful, armed with logistics and other implements. Don’t forget that Gnanasara had visas of almost the entire western world stamped in his passport. With the Aluthgama and other activities particularly the US took a holier than thou approach to cancel its Visa, just t show that it has no truck whatsoever. The good thing in the author is his attitude expressed that communities must live together. Unfortunately that should not be understood as an ability to undermine one group by another.

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    First is first… When Up Country Tamils were stripped of citizenship, many Sinhalese opposed, well knowingly, LSSP. But latter it was LSSP bought the 1972 constitution and made Tamils 2nd class citizens officially. So evaluating the Bogambara Convention by the crowed attended is not a wise action.
    Now:
    “ The All Ceylon Jaiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) and Muslim politicians who are in bed with them have been too lackadaisical or…………………….
    …………………………………
    ……………………………………
    Why aren’t secular experts admitted into ACJU? Once ACJU itself is reformed that body can become a progressive force to stimulate changes. “

    The question is who is going to bell the cat. It is the ACJU earned the animosity between Sinhalese and Muslims. Until very recently, when SLMC created Eastern Province oriented Muslim society, Muslims were spread out all over within Sinhalese and Tamils. ACJU, with the blessing of SLMC created the current situation by separating Muslims from other communities. It is Muslim women closed their eyes to the existence to other communities with the burqa they brought with them from where they went to Coolly work; but it was ACJU legitimized it to Muslim community. Muslim Women only did the external tinkering work. The master body building company is ACJU. Asking ACJU to provide an alternative progressing culture to Muslim women is expecting justice from the judge, who is the mom of the thief. UNP could not get rid of Rishard and Hakeem. SLFP/Slap Party could not get rid of Hezbollah. ACJU could not leave behind Mufti, the uneducated fellow. Then this kind soft pedaling with ACJU is not going to convince the monks that Muslims are honestly willing to open the hood & balance with other communities. Monks are going to keep demanding the government to build Chinese style rehabilitation chambers. Because they have already expressed in the Bogambara Convention that this is the only one can balance with Hezbollah and Mufti and Rishard and Hakeem.

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    The Arab Spring Countries Egypt, Libya and Tunisia saw three of the four biggest rises in non-believers. If persons between the ages of 19 – 29 are likely to turn their backs on their inherited religion, the next issue is how does it impact secularism in the Middle-East countries. For instance, Saudi Arabia embraced culturally moderate reforms which include night clubs and granted the women to drive. Will these changes in secular trickle down to more structural faith=based reforms in the coming generations. Moreover, will turning back on Islam create a more secular Mid-East. Many of changes in Mid-East are inherent to unchallenged cultural practices. Without a spirit of enlightenment that reform brings, it is questionable whether the shift away from Islam will benefit vulnerable minority communities. If this is the position in Mid-East, what impact will be in Sri Lanka if Muslim culture is to be moulded?

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      AR
      It will be wise to leave it to a people to do what they think is best for them. They will get there eventually on their own.
      Why should anyone arrogate to one’s self the right to pontificate?
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      Many Jaffna Tamil women modernised their ways because they were forced by undesirable circumstances. But the choice was theirs.

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    Even though one thoughtless monk wished that Gotabaya Rajapaksa should play the role of a Hitler.

    Is this monk degrading the superiority of Mr Gotabaya rajapaksa, by connecting his name with hitler , if he acts like hitler, As monk he should say to apply buddha teaching

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    World Muslims have been exposed and it looks They need lot of adjustment. Yet, there are certain Islamic sects they are good human beings and people can live with them. IT looks sunnis are the most difficult and when the Cult Ideology is mixed any muslim can be dangerous. That is what ameer ali is doing.

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    No one can deny Sinhala Buddhist extremism based on distorted and warped history and brain washing. But with the same breath one cannot ignore Islamic extremism, exploitation and manipulation that is threatening the entire world. Islam, no doubt, much more dangerous to SL than Sinhala Buddhist extremism. Sinhalas are fools mostly and impulsive. But Muslims are extremely cunning and manipulative. Muslims have to change or someone has to change them if there is a possibility of cohabitation. They have simply lost the ability to think. Earlier Muslims were a gift to Lanka but today it is a big challenge. Sad indeed. As it is Muslims have betrayed Sinhalese and Muslims. Will they change.

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    I am delighted to see that Lanka may finally follow the Uighur example in China. Regular readers may remember that I have been exhorting Lanka to do just that for the last many years. China completely crushed the Moslem fanatics by the wonderful technology deployed against Uighurs and Lanka can use this technology immediately since it has now matured to a very sophisticated level. Also, the comprehensive database of Moslems with DNA tracking and ability to identify their movements, and stealthy tracking of the monsters like Zaran can complete crush these monsters for ever. Also, using Artificial Intelligence in the banking system these monsters’ financial misdeeds can be tracked. Finally the innocent Kaffirs of Lanka, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, can feel a little better, assuming they have the wisdom and gumption to elect a leader who will introduced these measures in Lanka.

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      Jay Chambers

      Man propose god dispose

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    Mongols tried and failed. Soviets tried now no soviet union. China will also fail spectacularly. The tried it in Tibet against the Buddhist. Its a concentration camp plus genocide. Basically for raw minerals. scarce metal mines. In East Turkystan they want oil and Land, so a re=populating exercise in a invaded country. OIC and muslim majority countries even not talking about the genocide and Nazi type concentration camps shows the level of the leaders in those countries.UN human rights council have put out a report on this with Britain Australia signing. Even in Mynamar the chineese are chasing the Buddhist rakines after the rohingiyas, with a deal with the juntas. basically for minerals and acces for indian sea-port. SrI lANKA SHOULD BE CAREFULL, as they have already got Hambabthota, now Colombo, next we will have chineese rule.
    Hong kong protest is about freedom, even Vietnam people have realized chineese are the enemy, they are kicking out the chineese. Mao killed his own people 90million. this curse of communism should end,

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    Chineese when you look at it , they are not our major buyers of our exports, they are using us by corrupting the politicians to sell national assets and giving them bribes. What out-right grant have they given. Are Sri lankens in millions working in china. Have we earned a net gain or net loss with transactions from chineese. Dumping cheap goods have destroyed our manufacturing base. Our construction companies are loosing out as Chinese slave prison labour used. What Trump is fighting for is correct. China is a Polly mudallali. With genocidal tendancies.

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      J
      Be serious.
      *
      “What out-right grant have they given”: the BMICH was just one.
      *
      “Genocidal tendencies”: the US has killed or caused to be killed many more than any since WW2.
      Who is answerable for the between 500,000 and 1000,000 killed in Indonesia?
      Remember a place called Vietnam?
      Heard of a place called Iraq? Syria?…

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