Mr President, please do get a brief from your hundreds of experts and advisors hanging around you (at a colossal cost to the tax payer) before you open your mouth. When you speak, you should speak responsibly and as a Head of State. This is applicable whether you address a global or local audience.
Your statement that the Christians are lying about the 168 attacks on them this year shows your lack of understanding of the different religious persecutions that are a cancer in the country that you preside over. When dumb asses without their O/L qualifications are elected to our Legislature, you can certainly be excused for your lack of knowledge of other religions, but there is no excuse when you do not consult your army of advisors.
A respected lawyer with over 15 years of experience in handling hate crimes against his community and Muslims, Lakshan Dias spoke out in the Derena TV programme ‘Aluth Parlimentuwa’ that there had been 168 cases of violence and threats to the Evangelical Christians by Buddhist extremists. He failed to mention that the Evangelical Christians had over 550 incidents during the last two years of the Rajapaksa regime. He also knew of the five hundred odd incidents against the Muslims during the Rajapaksa era and more than hundred during the Yahapalanaya rule.
The President who hereto has not heard of the Christian community asks the head of the Catholic Church whether this claim made by a Christian activist in a TV show is authentic, little realising that the Catholic Church is accused of collusion with Buddhist extremists in perpetrating violence against the Christian Churches. There is no doubt that the Catholic Church provides unsanctioned support to Buddhist extremists to attack the evangelical Christians. And what do you expect from a suspected perpetrator, Cardinal Malcom Ranjith? A complaint to the Bishops conference is in order. (He shall be, by the way, answerable for his actions, words and intentions, when he meets his Lord! )
Clip from Aluth Parlimentuwa – Derena TV:
Interestingly, in breaking news Minister of Justice and Buddha Sasana Minister, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe appeared in the Independent Television Networks (ITN) 6.30 news of 17th June 2017 demanding an apology from Lawyer Lakshan Dias within 24 hours or face delisting as a lawyer for falsely claiming that the Christians are under attack in the peaceful land of the Buddha. Wonder if Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe who is a Presidents Counsel, a one time head of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka and current Minister of Justice, knows that he has no authority or jurisdiction to delist a lawyer as he is not the appointing authority. He doesn’t realize that Lakshan Dias is a battle hardened activists who could not be intimidated in to silence by his cowardly statements. Its time, Lakshan sued this racist Minister for damages caused to his career by insinuating that lawyer Lakshan Dias lied. The Bar Association of Sri Lanka, of which Lakshan is a member should immediately call for the resignation of Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe from the justice ministry. The Prime Minister would do well to remove this Rajapakshe mole from the Yahapalanaya cabinet. Little does Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe realize that he should have been delisted for his corruption charges in the Avante Garde scandal?
ITN News – Watch at 5.46 seconds the Wijeyadasa diatribe:
During the last decade hundreds of prayer centres belonging to the evangelical Christians have been destroyed, adherents assaulted and intimidated. Most of the current day “raids” by Buddhist extremists on their prayer centres are streamed live on social media. Most of the time, Police and local government authorities accompany them to forcibly close down these centres, which proves State sanction of racism. The usual charge is that they are involved in unethical conversations or conducting prayers in private buildings. A detailed list of incidents that have been reported against the evangelical Christians is attached herewith.
The National Evangelical Christian Association of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) has meticulously documented every incident with photo evidence. Most of these attacks have police complaints lodged. Booklets have been published and pubic workshops held to discuss and find solutions to this hate campaign. Their voices were not heard loud enough. Clear evidence that the President and Minister of Justice have not heard about the attacks on these innocent members of the Protestant church on whom the Catholic church has declared war.
The initial attacks on the evangelical Christians were by the forces that came together as the Hela Urumaya. Even some of their offices were taken over by the Buddhist extremists after driving them out.
The Sri Lankan Constitution states, “Every person is entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including the freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice”. The Constitution gives a citizen, “the right either by himself or in association with others, and either in public or in private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice, or teaching”. The UN declaration of human rights states, “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance”.
This constitutional provision seems to be applicable only to the Buddhists in the country. The Muslims and the Christian community have been targeted in attempts like the Myanmar style ethnic cleansing by a small minority within the Buddhist community. The sad reality is that successive governments have turned a blind eye to this blatant violation of rights of minorities to appease the Sinhala majority.
The thirty-year ethnic war that ended in 2009 cost over 300,000 Sri Lankan lives. The financial cost of the war has driven us to bankruptcy. The stage is being set again for vested interests to destabilize the nation. The defeated Rajapaksas seem to be fueling the ethnic fires so that their hopes of returning to political power becomes a reality. By then, the religious minorities would have been eliminated, or Sri Lanka will regretfully face a worse war when international terrorists set foot in our beautiful land, taking advantage of the hate that is being created.
Presidents declaration that there are no attacks on Christians 9 minutes 51 secs.