5 March, 2021

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Order To Demolish Dambulla Mosque:Why Raise This Explosive Issue Now?

By Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne’s order to demolish a 65 year old mosque in Dambulla and instead build a mosque in another place  strikes at the very root of religious freedom .It also shocked and hurt the island’s Muslim community. Responding to the order and expressing the community’s mood Muslim Congress Secretary and parliamentarian Hassen Ali said the “community will not accept a mosque in another place even if it was built of gold”.

Hassen Ali had stated that if the places of religious worship of the minorities are being attacked while the police and army are idly watching, it implies that they are supporting the marauders and providing security to them, instead of the law abiding people.

The claim by the Prime Minister Jayaratne that an order was given to demolish the mosque with the consent of Muslim politicians insults the prime minister’s office. This was described as “blatant manufactured lie” and vehemently rejected by Senior Minister A.H.M.Fawzie, Deputy Minister M.L.A.M Hizbulla, Western Province Governor Alavi Moulana and Parliamentarian Abdul Cader all of whom pointed out that they never attended such a meeting in Gampola.

Refuting the Prime Minister’s charges former deputy mayor of Colombo Azath Salley stated that “it is misleading to say that the mosque was in existence for two years as it has been there for more than 65 years. We have all the documents to prove that it is a legally constructed mosque under Waqf Act. Therefore the statement by the Prime Minister claiming that the unauthorized construction of the mosque has been stopped is totally false. The land on which the mosque was located was bought by a lady in Jaffna from Englishmen. From that time, this mosque has been in existence. Later the adjacent land too had been bought by the mosque authorities in 1995. The mosque has been in existence and there are no construction works underway now. This statement by the Prime Minister is misleading the Buddhists in the country. Prime Minister should not make such irresponsible statements as the Waqf Board comes under the Prime Minister and he is contradicting his own statement. Besides the statement by Ven Inamaluwa Sumangla Thera that he will ensure that Muslims will not have a place to urinate is not only irresponsible but very dangerous too”.

Though the UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe is yet to comment, UNP’s Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa described prime minister’s order as” law of the jungle and nothing to do with the Buddhism”. Sajith asked “ how could we develop the country when the prime minister’s office issues such false statements”?

In any civilized society one would expect unruly elements who vandalize a mosque while worshippers were getting ready for Friday Juma prayer to be arrested and brought before justice. Instead they were rewarded in violation of all canons of human decency.

Muslims in the area suspect that Sinhalese in Dambulla were not involved in the hooliganism .Instead hired people, including monks, were brought from outside to vandalize the mosque What they failed to understand is that we are not living in the medieval era today as the world is watching us especially when the country is accused of war crimes against one minority community.

The irony is that this happened less than a month after most Muslim countries voted against the United States sponsored and Indian supported United Nations Human Rights Commissions resolution against Sri Lanka in Geneva and rescued the island’s dignity.

In fact the day the mosque was vandalized the government started bilateral discussions with Israel, known  international pariah, sworn enemy of Muslims and the architect of the  US sponsored  global campaign against   Muslims under the guise of fighting a war on terror.

Demolition of the mosque means the end of Muslim support to the government. Western Province governor Alavi Moulana has already gone to the extent of hinting that“he would strongly consider vacating his position if the government goes ahead with the plan to demolish the mosque”.

The manner in which   the politicians and so called muftis who started hob knobbing in politics were insulted and intimated at the meeting held in Colombo to discuss the Dambulla Mosque is a clear indication of the mood among the people.

To Muslims all over the world Mosque is Allah’s House. It is everything to them. They turn to mosque for their prayers.  Moreover Muslims posed no problem or threat to anyone in Dambulla or anywhere else. They never interfered with the religious affairs of other communities. Under such circumstance what is the need to raise this issue.   The question is do we need to precipitate such an unwanted crisis now?

As pointed out by former Chief Justice Sarath N .Silva Muslims in the island have been the most peaceful community”.

Muslims never failed to rise up to the occasion to support and protect the country.

For example when two-third majority was needed to obtain independence in 1948 the Muslim community wholeheartedly supported the bill which was detrimental to their own interest. It is time all involved in mosque demolition read late Prime Minister S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike’s passionate and emotional response and assurance to Muslims which were conveniently forgotten later.

Ultra nationalists who claim and behave as if King Vijaya and Kuveni had given them the title deed of sole ownership to the island and now hand in glove with the Israelis have forgotten the historic role played by Muslims in preserving the territorial integrity of the country. For example from the very beginning Muslims opposed tooth and nail the LTTE claim for a separate state. Had they joined hands with the LTTE then the country would have been divided decades ago as the island’s armed forces were not equipped then, as it is today, to meet the challenges posed by the LTTE backed then openly by India.

Muslims paid a heavy price for this. They were slaughtered in village after village and even while praying in mosques. Their paddy lands acquired, businesses closed and their very means of survival deprived. The entire Jaffna Muslims population was kicked out within two hours and their belongings and property were looted.

In return Muslims expected some relief after the military defeat of LTTE. Instead they have been simply dismissed   and sidelined. Though they remain deeply frustrated, yet they only expected some peaceful solutions to their problems .It was in this atmosphere comes the move to destroy Dambulla moque.

The country has ended up in Geneva due to its failure to deal with one community- Tamils. Is this the time to provoke Muslims without any rhyme or reason  especially, when Zionist Jews, Evangelical Christians together  with RSS Hindu extremists have unleashed a global campaign killing Muslims and destroying Muslim countries? Under such circumstance who can predict the consequences of short sighted move to demolish the Dambulla mosque?

In the aftermath of the LTTE defeat all in the country-Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and others- looked forward to a period of peace and harmony. However move to demolish Dambulla mosque shows that reconciliation, peace, harmony and progress are nothing but distant dreams.

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    Minister Fowsie will call what PM said a deliberate lie because he protects the “Jumma mosque” which was built at Bauddhaloka Mawatha adjoining the Buddhist Congress/ All Ceylon Buddhoist women’s congress and in the vicininty of several Buddhist temples.There was a handwritten board caliming it :Jumma Mosque” now removed. This was on state land filled by Land Reclamation Board in 1950.The Muslim enclave which came up there had Fowsie’s blessings. His cutouts come up in front of Judge residences and protected by the Mafia there. “Fowsie tumata entakiyapiya.Mewata uttara denna kiyapiya”.

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      there will be more prmotions of plan revolt against gosl to enjoy all nationalism.

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      The latest move in Dambulla does not come as a surprise to me. If you had frequented some of the Sinhala Forums on the internet you would have noticed that since Mahinda Rajapaksa won the Presidency in 2010 a movement to discredit and vilify Muslims were underway my his supporters. This is definitely not a bunch of hooligans but an organized gang supported by the JHU and the Rajapaksas and Dambulla is a flash-point of this movement.

      If you are not a Buddhist government servant you better go look in the mirror and ask yourself why you are supporting this government. If they haven’t come for you yet they surely will before 2016.

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    What a society we live in. The Tamils are looking for homelands. The Sinhalese are looking for Buddhist Sacred Areas. What both have missed out is that there have been Tamils who were Buddhists in the North. I wonder how it would have been if those Buddhist Tamils remained in large numbers today, then both groups would have fought each other for the relics of the Buddha?

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    ha ha hahah .. this guys really is a clown… as usual i bet he has blamed USA, jews, indian hindus etc etc for this.. act of a few racist Lankans… if someone reads this rubbish pls let me know.. why does CMB telegraph publish this guys gutter trash.. This Afghan cave journalist Latheef Farook.. is a Racist with NO proof or Real FACTS… CMB telegraph,, pls stop this kind of trash.. Those racist Lankans who damaged that mosque seem to better than this Racist trash Latheef Farook….

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      For the invertibrate posing under SJV Chelvanayagam, TRUTH is hurting, isn’t it? Why are you reading my gutter trash and getting yoursef into a state of hysteria to request CT not to publish my comments. Why, CT should publish only intelligent comments of the patriots as you pretend to be? Let the rest of the readers digest and form their own opinion, why are you trying to shut others and want only your patriot’s version only? Let the readers asses as to who the Rasists are who are responsible for all the mess created.

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        @gaminni aka the Afghan cave journalist Latheef Farook.. Here is a True fact about your article.. ha ha ha ha ha aha ha ha hik hik hahahaha

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          @ SJV Chelvanayagam you are entitled to your naivete. Only thing is why betray it and display to the whole wide world? My sincere advice to you, try to attend a Night School and polish your English, that it will enable you to communicate better and broaden your mind set.

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      Ha ha ha … looks like sjv chelvanayakam’s mindless howls of “Nandikadal Lagoon” seems to have reached end-of-life. Suddenly, he’s going to find himself needing to rub the two braincells together in order to keep himself coherent. Poor basted; hope his head won’t explode.

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      well said

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    Latheef Farook what has US and India got to do with the Attack on the Hindu Temple there??? Pls enlighten us in that cave factless mentality of yours????

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      You racist hiding in the guise of great FP leader SJV has taken a contract with JHU to destroy goodwill and co-existence among alll religious groups.

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    Latheef Farook.. What you should sbe saying is that.. We sri-Lankans should not become like a racist Taliban like sauid style Radical racist state… For Instance.. The Taliban is its quest for a pure Islamic Relegiious State.. destroyed 5000 year old Bamiyan Buddhas.. with their western produced TANKS… while calling for a Pure islamic relegious state.. And also we should condem these radicals as that radical and racist GRAND MUFTI of Sauid Arabia.. who called on muslims to destory all churches in muslim Countries.. And which ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN was the only NATION TO CONDEM SUCH RACIST POLICY.. Like the Islamic republic of Iran.. and all othet nations we should condem these radical racist Lankans who try to create a Taliban style Saudi state in SRI-LANKA… and Fools like Latheef Farook.. .. Sri Lankan belongs to all relegions in the WORLD…

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      Looking at his diatribes I’m almost certain that sjv chelvanayakam is one of the people who has been posting pictures of slaughter houses to incite hatred towards Muslims on Sinhala Forums. Beware!!!

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        @Katmai.. All i said was that we Lankans should not act or adopt Taliban style Saudi Policy.. Like These Radicals have Done.. IF we go down the Saudi Route then there will be no relegious freedoms to any Community.. so how is that trying to incite hatred towards Muslims???? That is the TRUTH…

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          sjv chelvanayakam hahahaahaha can sense ur wasteful effort to create enmity between Muslims and Sinhalese. REMEMBER in Dambulla Sinhalese and Muslims existed wih peace and harmony, its only a hooligan act done by a well organised mission.

          We Muslims LOVE THIS NATION, unlike ul who destroyed the land over 30 years killing innocent ppl. We will support, and we will beg All muslim countries to help SL agaisnt ruthless LTTE and those tamils who support it!

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    Is Dayaratne the Prime Minister now?

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      He ia a ‘Veda Mahathaya’

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    Latheef Farook is correct. If the police and army are standing by while the mosque is demolished, it means there is no adequate law to protect religious freedom in the country. And let us not forget the 1915 riots against Muslims, by the Sinhala-Buddhists. Is history repeating itself?

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      “… it means there is no adequate law to protect religious freedom”? Well… the laws are there on the books but they don’t apply to Rajapaksa supporters.

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    Why don´t you, the buddhist majority, open your mouth to tell your opinion to the buddhist clergy?

    Do you believe to go to hell like catholics if you critizise Pope?

    Pirit, holy, no critics?

    We live in 21st century. We need harmony among different communities.

    Open your mouth, do not tolerate intolerance!

    Buddha was an indian, a hindu, would have voted against Sri Lanka in Human Rights Commission in UN

    Removing a hindu temple is not a problem for hindus in Dambulla, then every buddhist sinhalese worship lord Ganesha before starting a journey, for not being involved in an accident.

    According to Hinduism, god can be in grass, in wurms, in lightposts, so god could be in buddhist statues.

    Hindus never mind. But Allah could not be in buddhist statues

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      Ofcourse,Buddha if alive would be very disgusted with Theravada Monks for intolerant behavior.His noble teachings are being disgraced and hijacked and its very unfortunate.
      Buddha would have been happy if Liquor shops are closed,brothel houses closed,casinos stopped etc, in so called Sacred areas.
      Would he approve a place of worship being demolished? No!!!!!.
      So i dont undersatnd what sort of Monks these guys are.
      I pray peace and harmony prevails.Its the best thing only if our leaders work towards that goal “Work towards justice peace prevails”

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      Dear Vasu! Yes you are right Allah Subhanawathalah is not everywhere but in His Arsh (Throne) above the seven heavens (the seven borders in the Universe). According to your twisted beliefs god is everywhere(i.e. omnipresent). Based on this you say hindu god/gods can be in grass, in wurms (worms I suppose), in light-posts or in even buddhist statues. That mean your god/gods can be in the filthiest of places & things like toilets, urine & feces. Are you suggesting that you will kiss & worship these as well? I also have heard you guys worship the monkey, the donkey, the rats and even the male & female sexual organs and now I know why!

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        How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the faith: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith.

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          Calm down and Read this… Have a nice one…

          by Thomas Ivan Dahlheimer

          Old and New Testament scriptures have been misinterpreted by Christians, causing the Christian religion to become an imperialistic war-mongering religion, whose adherents have believed that they were instructed by God to invade the homelands of non-Christian peoples, take possession of their lands and resources, annihilate many of the indigenous inhabitants as well as subjugate and exploit the remaining innocent indigenous peoples.

          The indigenous peoples of the Americas, Australia, and New Zealand bear a tragic witness to what Christian nations have done, as have also the indigenous peoples of Africa and Asia. In a fifteenth century papal bull Pope Nicolas V instructed European Christian nations to “invade, capture, vanquish” and “subdue” Indigenous Peoples, “subjugate” them and “reduce their persons to perpetual slavery” and “to take away all their possessions and property.” And according to a United Nations World Conference Against Racism document, he also “declared war against all non-Christians throughout the world”.

          An Old Testament directive to the Jews says: “But as for the towns of these peoples that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, you must not let anything that breathes remain alive. You shall annihilate them – the Hittites and the Amorites, the Canaanites … – just as the Lord your God has commanded.” (Deut 20:16-17)

          “And at the seventh time, when the priests had blown the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city [Jericho]. The city and all that is in it shall be devoted to the Lord for destruction. And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.” (Joshua 6:16-21)

          Thus says the Lord of hosts, “… Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey” (1 Sam 15:2-3). (Saul did not carry this command fully in that he spared some cattle as booty. For this action God rejected Saul as king of Israel (verses 8-9, 13-15, 26), and gave the kingdom to David, although even David killed only men and women in the conquered lands of other nations and spared the cattle. (1 Sam 27:8-9, cf. 2 Sam 8:2)

          Arise and thresh, O daughter Zion, for I will make your horn iron and your hoofs bronze; you shall beat in pieces many nations … (Micah 4:13).

          For the nation and kingdom that will not serve you shall perish; those nations shall be utterly laid waste (Isa 60:12).

          Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. (Psalm 2:8-9)

          And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom [of Israel which] … shall crush all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever. (Dan 2:44)

          Orthodox Jews to this present-day believe that their promised messiah will come and fully restore the Kingdom of Israel – and then God will violently annihilate all nations that will not serve their nation and messiah.

          And many Christians believe that Jesus Christ will return to rule and nreign over the entire world from Israel – and that all nations will (then) not only serve him but also the nation of Israel.

          In the New Testament Jesus sometimes appears like a lamb, this image of Jesus is associated with only his first coming. The scriptures say that during his second advent when he will come with power and glory he will be like a “lion” (Rev 5:5, cf. Micah 5:8). The Old Testament hope of the restored kingdom of Israel, destroying or ruling other nations is transferred in the New Testament to Christ and his mighty angles: “when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus”. (2 Thess 1:7-8)

          The day of wrath is coming to root out the sinners from the earth. On that day, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give her light.” (Is.13:10)

          According to Christian scriptures after all sinners have been rooted out from the earth the following statement will become reality: “I heard the voices of a huge crowd, answer: Alleluia! The reign of the Lord, our Almighty God has begun!” (Rev.19:7) “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our God, and of his Christ!” (Rev.11:15)

          From the beginning of the Christian religion, Christians were suppose to imitate Jesus appearing as a lamb. However, the Christian mission has been (to some extent and for a long time) wrongly orientated to, both, the violent war-mongering Jewish pursuits of the past, pursuits associated with their Old Testament directives, to either annihilate or conquer other nations (such as indigenous people’s nations), and the vengeful mission of Jesus Christ, that the scriptures say will occur during his second advent, when he and his mighty angles will inflicting vengeance on the people who do not obeyed his gospel.

          Wrongly interpreting Old and New Testament dictates, the Western Christian nations have often put themselves in the position of the chosen Israelites while putting other nations in the place of the Amelikes, Hittites, Canaanites etc. and have, therefore, felt justified in partially or totally destroying them with “a rod of iron” like a potter’s vessel.

          President George W. Bush told an audience of his: “When William Bradford stepped off the Mayflower in 1620, he quoted the words of [the Hebrew prophet] Jeremiah 51:10: ‘Come let us declare in Zion the word of God.'” Bush also said: “The founders of my country saw a new promised land and bestowed upon their towns names like Bethlehem and New Canaan.” In other words, the indigenous peoples of the New World were viewed by the founders of the United States as new Canaanites of the new Land of Canaan, a promised inheritance and everlasting possession, for some new “chosen people” (white Euro-American Christians).

          Thomas Jefferson proposed that the Great Seal of the United States depict the Israelites moving into the promised land, guided by clouds and fire, thereby drawing an analogy between the chosen people of the Old Testament and the white Euro-American Christians, who were to (to some extent) treat the new Canaanites (this lands indigenous peoples) the way the Israelites treated the Canaanites when they invaded and took possession of their homelands.

          The mental model of a chosen people and a promised land provides a convenient rationalization whereby one people feels entitled and justified, by divine right, to take over, possess, and profit from the lands of other peoples.

          In a United Nations World Conference Against Racism document there are the words: “In the fifteenth century, two Papal Bulls set the stage for European domination of the New World and Africa. Romanus Pontifex, issued by Pope Nicholas V to King Alfonso V of Portugal in 1452, declared war against all non-Christians throughout the world, and specifically sanctioned and promoted the conquest, colonization, and exploitation of non-Christian nations and their territories.” This document also declares: “…the subjugation of the native peoples of the New World was legally sanctioned. ‘Laws’ of ‘discovery’, ‘conquest’ and ‘terra nullius’ made up the ‘doctrines of dispossession’…” “These doctrines allowed Christian nations to claim ‘unoccupied lands’ (terra nullius), or lands belonging to ‘heathens’ or ‘pagans’.”

          In the 1823 U.S.A. Supreme Court ruling Johnson v. M’Intosh, Associate Justice Joseph Story, who was on the Supreme Court at the time of the Johnson ruling, published a book in which he drew a specific connection between Christianity, the pope (the Vatican) and the “principle” of “discovery” adopted by the Supreme Court. And, around this same time, Supreme Court Judge John Marshall also identified the Christian doctrine of discovery behind the Johnson ruling…revealing that the Israelites’ Old Testament directed mission “to destroy or rule other nations with a rod of iron” was (by a misunderstanding of the New Testament directive) turned over to Christians, as God’s “new Israelites”, who, according to Romans 2:29, were “inwardly Jews”, (they being white Europeans) wrongly believing that they had a God-given right and mission “to colonize (conquer, subdue and possess) the lands of the red indigenous nations and peoples” (the new Canaanites), who were not “inwardly Jews” (Christians) at the time of their discovery by the ethic cleansing and genocidal war-mongering white European Christian imperialists and colonist, who became white Euro-America Christians with the same evil intentions.

          “A number of inferences follow from the Chosen People-Promised Land model (Deuteronomy 20:10 – 18) such as, indigenous peoples are to be removed (Indian Removal Act), put into a condition of servitude(enslavement of the Indians of California in the Spanish-Catholic missions), exterminated to make room for the chosen people of the United States (massacres at Sand Creek and Wounded Knee, spreading deadly deceases, including the decease of alcoholism) – a decease that is still destroying many indigenous peoples.

          For centuries Christian nations – while going in the way of their misguided Chosen People-Promised Land world domination, imperialistic, war mongering mission – have been brutally terrorizing one Muslim nation after another. In the Middle Ages they came to Muslim countries as crusaders. They colonized many Muslim countries and tried to destroy their cultures and religion. The French Christians killed about a million Muslims in Algeria because they wanted independence from their white European Christian colonist oppressors. Our Christian nation has killed hundreds of thousands of Muslim Iraqis. Christian Serbs killed hundreds of thousands of Muslims and raped thousands of women in Bosnia and Kosovo. Israel has been for half a century destroying the Palestinian Muslim people with the help of arms as well as financial and moral support provided by our [American] Christian nation.

          Muslims ruled Spain for about 850 years and during this time they lived with Jews and Christians in a spirit of tolerance and cooperation. But the moment Christians took over and the Muslims became the weaker segment of the population, the hate in the Catholics’ hearts came out with a vengeance. Muslims were either killed, converted, or forced to leave Spain and their heritage was destroyed.

          In South Africa the inhuman system of apartheid was maintained by the church-going white community with the blessing of the churches and indeed the apartheid was practiced by the churches themselves.

          In Rwanda the tribe that perpetuated a holocaust of another tribe follows the Catholic religion. The most cruel tyrant in history [Hitler] came from a Christian country and there has been no shortage of other somewhat less ruthless dictators in Christian countries, especially in South America and Africa. Western Christian nations fought two world wars with tens of millions dead and untold misery for the living. For each victory in these two wars the church bells rang in the victorious countries. The first nation to make a weapon of mass destruction and the only one to use a weapon of mass destruction is a Christian nation [America], and it was used to annihilate innocent civilians. And no apology has been offered to the nation that was bombed.

          And where is the document that presents a papal granted moral right for indigenous peoples to own land and be independent sovereign nations? What has the Roman Catholic hierarchy and other Christian Church leaders had to say about the 60,000,000 to 80,000,000 indigenous inhabitants of the Western hemisphere who had perished by the end of the 16th century? And what have they had to say about the probable 100,000,000 native peoples who have been killed in the course of the on-going Christian ‘civilization’ of the Western hemisphere?

          In the Book of Revelation it is prophesied that “the great Babylon” will be cast down like a great millstone hurled into the sea. I believe that the “great Babylon” is the immoral and apostate Christian culture of Western nations. During a Mass at the start of a month-long synod of Roman Catholic bishops from around the world, come amid growing concern about the decline in church attendance and interest in religion in many Western nations Pope Benedict XVI said: “Today, nations once rich in faith and vocations are losing their own identity under the harmful and destructive influence of a certain modern culture.”

          And during a mass at Yankee Stadium, Pope John Paul II said: “It is not right that the standard of living of the rich countries should seek to maintain itself by draining off a great part of the reserves of energy and raw materials that are meant for the whole of humanity.” In the summer of 2004, Pope John Paul II lectured American bishops about how their people were “hypnotized by materialism, teetering before a soulless vision of the world.”

          The Western Christian nations’ globalization mission, by which economies of different countries are oriented to a global market and are controlled by mostly American influenced multinational and global financial institutions, is not only an economic process; it is also a cultural process that creates a monoculture – a culture ruled by the rich and powerful. It destroys the earth’s life supporting eco-systems and radically exploits third world nations. It steals their natural resources and makes their masses of poor people wage slaves who work for almost nothing. From the perspective of poor and indigenous peoples, it is nothing else but another variety of the evil Western Christian nations’ colonialism and imperialism.

          For too long the U.S.A. has been sickened by what American Indian historian, Jack Forbes terms soul-sickness. It is a disease that historically has allowed a majority of Euro-American Christians to believe that God has chosen them to lead the rest of the world into the light, permitting the United States to employ massive military might in achieving that so-called mandate. It is the Bush-Cheney doctrine, a doctrine that has drawn the particular ire of the entire world – because it permits the United States to unilaterally attack any nation with massive force or to attack any target within any nation, regardless of civilian casualties. This soul-sickness is what sustains the myths of this nation. It is what defines this nation.

          It can be no irony that those that initiated the invasion and occupation of Iraq – in defiance of the UN – were the United States, Britain & Spain. In the past 500 years, these predominately Christian nations are the world’s leading imperialists and colonialist nations. Essentially, they have been the world’s architects of the policies of dehumanization – feeling entitled by God and blinded by greed to trample over the lands, bodies and rights of peoples [of color] worldwide.

          The story of the Christian Inquisition against the Hindus in Goa is also a dismal record of Christian barbarism and cruelty; tyranny and injustice; avarice and corruption, repression of Hindu thought and culture, and promotion of obscurantism. The conversion of Hindus of Goa to Christianity was one of the main activities of the Portuguese Rulers in close association with the Missionaries — Society of Jesus, Franciscans and others. Fraud, force and favoritism were the standard methods of ‘saving souls’ or ‘conversion’ employed by the Christian missionaries in Goa. From available data we can see that more than 200,000 Hindus were tortured and killed and more than 500,000 Hindus were forcibly converted to Christianity from 1560 to 1812.

          Perhaps because of all these anti-Hindu acts, Mahatma Gandhi wrote very clearly in his autobiography “The Story of My Experiments with Truth”: “I had started disliking Christianity. This was not without any reason. In those days Christian missionaries used to stand in a corner near the High School in Rajkot and used disgraceful words against Hindus and their Gods/Goddesses. I could not bear this.”

          Christians need to be aware of their history, and be cognizant of the anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism which is endemic to the Christian tradition and has been the legacy of Christianity for almost two thousand years.

          The Orthodox Church and the Easter Catholic Churches honor John Chrysostom as a saint (feast day, November 13) and count him among the Three Holy Hierarchs (feast day, January 30). He is recognized by the
          Roman Catholic Church as a saint and a Doctor of the Church. Churches of the Western tradition, including the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of England, and the Lutheran church, commemorate him on September 13. In the 4th century he proclaimed in homilies that the Jews were responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus and decide and added that they continued to rejoice in Jesus’ death. He compared the synagogue to a pagan temple, representing it as the source of all vices and heresies. He described it as a place worse than a brothel and a drinking shop; it was a den of scoundrels, the repair of wild beasts, a temple of demons, and the cavern of devils, a criminal assembly of the assassins of Christ.

          Martin Luther, a German theologian and religious reformer, initiated the Protestant Reformation. In his 1543 book, “On the Jews and their lies” Luther took Jewish hatred to a new level when he proposed to set fire to their synagogues and schools, to take away their homes, forbad them to pray or teach, or even to utter God’s name. Luther wanted to “be rid of them” and requested that the government and ministers deal with the problem. He requested pastors and preachers to follow his example of issuing warnings against the Jews. He goes so far as to claim that “We are at fault in not slaying them” for avenging the death of Jesus Christ. Hitler’s Nazi government in the 1930s and 40s fit Luther’s desires to a tee.

          Without the centuries of Christian oppression and contempt of Jews, Nazi ideology could not have taken hold nor could it have been carried out. And Christian anti-Semitism ultimately played a dramatic role associated with the cause of World War II.

          The same notion of creating space for the “master race” is as germane to the ideological framework of Hitler’s Lebensraumpolitik as it is to the U.S. government’s doctrine of Manifest Destiny: In each instance, the extermination of “inferior races” is justified in the interest of making way for a “superior race” of peoples. According to Hitler biographer John Toland, the Führer is known to have “expressed admiration for the ‘efficiency’ of the American genocide campaign against the Indians, viewing it as a forerunner for his own plans and programs.” The “depopulation of the New World” was a “salient precursor” to the Nazi Holocaust. The Christian instigated and promoted American Indian Holocaust is the prototype for the extermination of the Jews in Europe.

          While the Christian German nation’s Nazi Holocaust of the Jews was indeed unique in scope and in kind to the twentieth century, the colonizing European Christian nations’ holocaust of the Western hemisphere’s indigenous peoples, combined with the colonizers’ successor Christian nations’ holocaust of the Western hemisphere’s indigenous peoples, was far and away, the most massive act of genocide in the history of the world.

          Christian history is a great scandal to the human race. Christianity has NOT been a religion of love, peace and justice, although it can, should and will (I believe) become a religion of love, peace and justice.

          Old and New Testament scriptures have been misinterpreted by Christians, causing the Christian religion to become an imperialistic war-mongering religion, whose adherents have believed that they were instructed by God to invade the homelands of non-Christian peoples, take possession of their lands and resources, annihilate many of the indigenous inhabitants as well as subjugate and exploit the remaining innocent indigenous peoples.

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    Chelvanayakam, you need to come down,
    What makes u say that zionists would not have done it?
    There are enough sources to stay that they paid huge sums to Shiv sena extremists…
    For sources, google will assist you.

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      @blizzard…no doubt the sources from google are from fools like Latheef Farook.. factless… but for the sake of arguments.. the Shiv sena is not in Lanka… And according to Latheef Farook idiot.. even the Indians were involved.. so what they paid these racist fools to destroy hindu temple as well.. and how Latheef Farook. keeps silent on that issue. i defend the right of every relegion in sri lanka.. unlike Latheef Farook.. i dont want to see Lanka turned into a saudi style taliban buddhist, muslim, hindu or even a christian state.

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        oh Mr Chelvanayagam…

        You tried and FAILED… bitterly to divide this country and turn in to a fascist hindu bandit state…

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        Looks as if this invertibrate SJV Chelvanayagam is going down the same way as our common friend Max Silva who has been white vanned presumably.

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        @sjv chelvanayagam

        You are definitely a Zionist agent, as i have monitored many of your comments.

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    Sri Lankan Muslims never supported extremism. If things go out of control it could lead to such an unfortunate situation bringing total destruction to this beautiful nation. It is up to the majority Sinhalese to kick out those blood-thirsty extremists like JHU and Muslims should continue their friendship and understanding with other communities despite getting provoked by some.

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      Yeah brother Peace is always better.But sometimes patience also have its limits and thats the fear we feel.

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    Now its clear that Buddhist monks were trained in vandalism, thuggery and terrorism, not Buddhism. What about all these Buddhist statues planted in all over the North and East. What a shame to this country and the MR company.

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      Buddha had never requested in his teachings to make a statue of him and to be worshipped.Its the hindu practise that is borrowed.

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      Hussain, Is it that clear? Is your middle name Bin Laden? OK, tell us then, is Abu Hamza al-Masri, the maverick muslim cleric who preaches murder every week in London,who lost an eye in an explosion, now uses a distinctive hook prosthesis as his right hand after another explosion destrooyed his hand, trained to promote violence through Holy Quaran or has he got his own bible? Is Hakeem trained to swivel his tongue and switch sides by his religion? Is Cader MP trained to sell Marijuana through his local mosque or is it his chosen business? Or are they not religious enough for you? Pal, Monks or lay, random groups engage in vandalism, physically, intellectually or politically do exist and they choose their trade. In the West,some muslim clerics do promote violence but that is again, they choose the violent path, not their religion. At least Buddhism does not have any connotation to violence in Buddha’s teaching, never teach, discuss or promote violence in Buddhist teachings.Whatever the religion, the adults have to be responsible, outward looking and thoughtful.Violence should not have a place in the society. Let’s not use these public forums to promote religious disharmony.

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    why can’t all diiferent nationalities and religions live in harmony in sri-lanka? buddhist monks, fuelled by political thuggery, completely goes against the noble doctrines taught to the world by lord buddha.
    Disgreaceful!!!

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    This article is Lies.

    That mosque is not even 10 years old and it had been built during the Tamil war time when the country was in a mess.

    It had been built without any proper permission.

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      Can you explain why or how make this claim. Unfortunately faceless characters like you are the cause for trouble in Sri Lanka. Why don’t you identify yourself properly and support your statements with facts?

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      Produce your proof and let the audience decide who the liar is. If it goes to your pea brain, there is something called the law? Instead of making a fool of your selves why don’t all the half-witted featherheads out there take this to the courts and let the courts decide.

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      Dear Mr.Outsider,

      What evidence have you to state that the mosque is 10 year old?

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      According to Tennakoon, the land, where the Dambulla Raja Maha Vihara is located, is legally owned by Chief Incumbent of the temple, Ven. Inamaluwe Sumangala Thera and several Muslims.

      The minister has noted that the Chief Prelate was at loggerheads with him due to political rivalry.

      He has explained that the clash had commenced after the candidate put forward by the Minister had won at the last local government election while the candidate supported by the Chief Prelate had been defeated.

      However, Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne who is also the Buddha Sasana Minister has directed that the mosque be relocated.

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    How muslims are allowed to lie;

    Muhammad bin Maslamah said, ‘O Messenger, we shall have to tell lies.’ ‘Say what you like,’ Muhammad replied. ‘You are absolved, free to say whatever you must [Ishaq:365, See Also Al-Tabari, Vol. 7, p. 94 ]

    Hajjaj said to the Apostle, ‘I have money scattered among the Meccan merchants, so give me permission to go and get it.’ Having got Muhammad’s permission, he said, ‘I must tell lies.’ The Apostle said, ‘Tell them [ Ishaq:519]

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      Once again you are showing your ignorance in publishing falsehood. What you have quoted applied to a specific incident at that time does not mean it applies to everything everywhere, you ignoramus. It is like if your life was in danger you are allowed to do anything to get out of that danger, including telling a lie. That does not apply to deceiving the public to personal gain. What you are doing is inciting hatred by misquoting and misleading people.

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        yes lies are usually always associated to a certain incident, but that does not make it ok to lie or does it?? well according to Islam its ok to lie, but only in certain cases.

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        “What you have quoted applied to a specific incident at that time does not mean it applies to everything everywhere”
        Exaclty my friend,exactly,one should not generalise one specific incident and apply that to all and everything.

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      You are a perpetual liar! What you have quoted are:

      1)The saying of the false prophet Muhammad bin Maslama (not the actual Prophet Muhammed Sallalahualaihiwasalm) who was known to be a liar even among his own people.

      2)Quotation from Ishaq a historian (not an authentic hadith book). The scholars don’t even consider that work as authentic Sira (biography) let alone a hadith book!

      Actual stance in Islam (the main stream not the deviant Shia belief) in general lying is disallowed and it is a major sin. This is a major topic & has vast amount of proof from authentic source and I shall only give a few:

      “And beware of lying, for lying leads to immorality and immorality leads to Hell; a man will continue to tell lies until he is recorded with Allaah as a liar.” [Al-Bukhaari]

      “The biggest breach of trust is that you tell a thing to your brother who believes it to be true, whereas you have lied to him.” [Abu Daawood]
      Islam has a high morality and Allah Subhanawathalah teaches the Muslims to speak the truth in giving evidence even if it means to go against one’s own self.

      “Oh you who believe! Be maintainers of justice, bearers of witness for Allah’s sake, though it may be against your own selves or (your) parents or near relations; (Surah an-Nisā’ 4:135)

      Shame on you! You think you can bring false proof against Islam and achieve the status of a wise guy!

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    Is there any clear definition to state where a place of worship for any faith should be built and where it cannot be? Yes, remove all such places from any place which are considered to be in violation to (a) public transport (b) public nuisance (c) disturbance to environment (d) noise pollution etc. IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR RELIGION. You can see most of the new statues mushrooming all over the country will have to be demolished along with any other religious structures!

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      A sensible comment. What good is any “Religion” if humanity and human values are not respected?

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    ha…… ha…… when tamils were being massacred in north the muslims were just enjoying.. They even participated in those genocide under the guise of civil guards…

    The muslim politicians lobbied the Arab countries to vote in favor of Srilanka…

    Now the currents have changed.. the time has come for them to reap what they have sowed…

    I believe that this is a punishment from Allah………

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      Good one, dinosaur. One thing about Muslims is that they breed very fast, e.g. they are inclined to have large families. Eventually the Muslim population of Sri Lanka will outnumber the Tamil population, and there will be some kind of armed conflict with the Sinhala-Buddhists. It might take a few decades, but I am sure of this. In Berlin alone there are 500,000 Muslim Turks, in France there are 5-6 million Muslims, and by 2030 there will be more Muslims in England than in Kuwait (every 1 in 10 Britons will be a Muslim).

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        Untersturmfuhrer Heshan/Observer/Nihal exposes his Aryan Sinhalese roots again. He has made similar comments about the Jews, as well as suggesting that Muslim and Buddhist nations should be forcibly converted to Christianity.

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        Excellent

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          Thanks.

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        You sound scared!

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    You build your thing in mecca that is where you belong. Can I build a church in Arabia?

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      You cannot build a church in Saudi Arabia just like no one cannot build a Mosque or Temple in the Vatican. Shows your total ignorance.

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        @ Samantha please do not display your ignorance. Your illustration has no basis. How can one build anything on a property that does not belong to one. Therefore obviously an outsider can not build any place of Religious worship in the Vatican or in any Middle Eastern country. The difference here is that this Muslim population here are rightful owners of the property being born and bred here. If you try to counter them, that their ancestory came in as traders and have no right to property, using the same yard stick the Sinhalese are also intruders to this land which they now try to claim solely for themselves.

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          Wagga Wagga these are anchient and pre historic Tamil Words.. our traditional Tamilean Homelands are in Australia..we tamils can trace back our great lineage to the Aboriginal cortex in those pure Wagga Wagga eelam lands.. every nation has intruders, now trying to usurp those lands as theirs.. the world land deeds according to GAMINI.. the student of the racist moron L Farook

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          Ignorence is not reserved to Samantha. If the property is legally owned as claimed,there is no reason why they should not seek redress from the judiciary. Casting suspisons on the impartiality of the judiciary won’t help. They must make their cliam in the open with relevant evidence. then every one can see for themselves whose claims is correct or atleast the impartiality of the courts.

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        Vatican is the smallest state in thw world. Just 110 acres. It is just 05×0.5 miles in size. population is around 800. Most of the area are occupied by st.peter’s square and the other administrative offices of the church. It is not a property owned by a government or an individual. Remember the biggest mosque of the world is built in ROME.

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      That should ask you from Saudi king. We are Sri Lankans not Saudi Arabian. How your people still “MODAYAS” even this 21st century? Really surprising me!

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    The government itself has created this problem,mainly by not
    having law and order in the country after the terrorist war.
    Its a free for all the goons and radicals and a prime minister
    who is not in his senses due to medical problems.This guy must
    not be allowed to make any decision pertaining to any subject,
    be in internal or external.Where is the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka,why cannot he step in and stop this rot like the many chief justices
    of neighbouring countries who step in to affairs which are adverse
    to the society at large? At Geneva,all the muslim nations were against
    the USA and voted in favour of Sri Lanka.At the next session of HR
    in Geneva,Sri Lanka is going to have more enemies and get into worse problems unless it does something fast to assure the muslim and hindu
    communities of their legal rights and freedom to worship.What ever Dambulla may be,the people of the country have all the right to their
    places of worship.

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      Don’t be silly dear,Sri lanka has not done anything to muslims here that can even be called as such,comparing to what the Americans have done and continue to do!

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    watch out for the islamists they are more dangerous than the LTTE terrorists .Muslims are on a mission to conquer the whole world for their god allah.
    This is not a religion of peace as portrayed by ignorant people.One only has to study the origin of islam without any prejudice.
    Even the modern history proves what they really are.
    How many buddist temples are in Saudi Arabia? or even in Jihad countries?

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      WHY THE HELL SHOULD THERE BE BUDDHIST TEMPLES IN SAUDI ARABIA, WHICH IS A 100 % MUSLIM COUNTRY. YOU SINHALA BUDDHISTS ARE THERE, FOR THE RIYALS OR RATHER THE DOLLARS BADLY NEEDED TO KEEP THE RAJAPAKSES GOING.
      YOU CONTINUE, TO EXPORT YOUR MOTHERS WIVES AND SISTERS FOR THIS. BE THANKFUL FOR THIS. ASK CABRAL OR “PBJ”FOR THE MUCH NEEDED F.E. THAT COMES IN.
      IT IS A MYTH TO SAY THAT ISLAM WAS SPREAD BY THE SWORD. TELL ME,
      WHO CONQUERED INDONESIA,? .HOW WERE MALDIVIANS CONVERTED TO ISLAM.?
      ISLAM IS GROWING AND FAST. MAY YOU BE GUIDED TO THE TRUTH- ISLAM.
      IS THERE A BUDDHIST TEMPLE IN THE VATICAN?////

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    See the number of Buddha statues constructed at almost every junction, where electricity is tapped from the closest lamp post to illuminate lavishly, with a plaque carrying the local thug of a Politician’s name prominently displayed as the benefactor, as if he is paying the electricity bills? This act of constructing Buddha statues on pavements obstructing pedastrian movements are not only the Buddhists who are guilty of, even the Catholics also have put up grottos encroaching pavements in the predominantly Catholic areas, right under the noses of the Law enforcement officers. It is a case of not only the object of reverance that is displayed, but on the side there is a till for fund collection as well. Obviously the one’s who have been responsible for building these by collecting funds forcibly from the businesses in the vicinity are responsible for the collection of the till thereafter. If one remembers the one at Punchi Borella which Mangala Samaraweera brought down, is a goldmine, being on the way to the General Hospital for generous hand outs from the public in distress on their way to see their loved ones who are sick and dying. This place earlier was not only for religious purpoes, but also functioning as a mini Kachcheri for the preperation of bogus certificates. Such good Buddhists we have in this Dammadheepa.

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    I forgot to mention the number of Buddhist Temples that have mushroomed in all cities in the country adjacent to bo-trees propegated by the ubiquitous crow and are being renovated with additions of buildings violating all building laws, for tuition classes and lecture halls for revenue, an ideal rondezvous for the young lasses to flirt and for the young Samenares to ogle.

    I believe the crows have done Yeomen service to Buddhism more than these Buddhists in this country by propergating the Bo-tree.

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      WHAT ABOUT ALL THE BO TREES MUSHROOMING IN DRAINS ETC.,FROM “BIRD-DROPPINGS”. WHAT ABOUT ALL THE “DROPPINGS ” FALLING ON STATUES?
      THE BUDDHA SAT UNDER A BO TREE FOR SHADE,INSTEAD OF A JAK, COCONUT OR DURIAN TREE. THERE IS NOTHING HOLY IN A TREE, UNLESS THERE ARE ANY HOLES IN IT.

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    My kind request to the gov.of Sri-Lanka,
    This incident of Dambulla is due to the very very few Sinhalease(Buddist)people of that area.Majority of the Sinhalease people are
    very good with the Muslims there.So only these few Sinhalease people
    brought many Sinhalese people from out side of Dambulla area to attack
    the mosque belongs to the Muslims in Dambulla.

    So please take nessasary action to find out those few Sinhalese people
    and punish them according to the law of Sri-Lanka to prevent further
    more incident like this in the future.

    The punishment for the offencer will give good outcome.

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    I WONDER IF THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY WILL ALLOW A BUDDHIST TEMPLE TO BE BUILT ANYWHERE NEAR MECCA THE MUSLIM HOLY CITY? SRI LANKA IS A BUDDHIST COUNTRY AND THEY SHOULD RESPECT THE WISHES OF THE LOCAL BUDDHIST COMMUNITY, DAMBULLA IS A HISTORIC BUDDHIST CITY AND MUSLIMS SHOULD TAKE THAT IN TO CONSIDERATION AND BUILD THE MOSQUE SOMEWHERE ELSE.

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      GOOD QUESTION AND THE ANSWER IS NO! COS ISLAM CANNOT BE COMPARED WITH ANY OTHER RELIGION, ITS UNIQUE, AND THE FASTEST GROWING RELIGION IN THE WORLD. WHO WILL GO BACK TO STONE WORSHIP AND OUTDATED RITUALS?

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        How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the faith: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith.

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        I AGREE, ISLAM IS UNIQUE IN THE SENSE THAT AS FAR AS I KNOW THE ONLY RELIGION IN THE WORLD THAT KILLS OR LIKE TO KILL NON MUSLIMS, MOST OF THE VIOLANCE IN THE ARAB WORLD AND REST OF THE WORLD ARE CAUSED BY MUSLIMS.THEY ARE NOT A TOLERANT RELIGION AT ALL, THEY LIKE TO CONVERT EVERY ONE IN TO ISLAM BUT HAS NO REGARD OR RESPECT FOR ANY OTHER RELIGION, THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO DEMAND ANYTHING IN A PREDOMINANTLY BUDDHIST COUNTRY,

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          WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT ISLAM? BEFORE YOU COMMENT STUDY THE ENTIRE QURAN AND SEE ANY EVIDENCE FOR WHAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN HERE. IF YOU HAVE EVEN THE SLIGHTEST INTELLIGENCE TO UNDERSTAND THEN YOU WILL EVEN EMBRACE ISLAM, I BET. AT LEAST LISTEN TO OPEN DEBATES BY RELIGIOUS SCHOLARS AND SEE THE WHAT EACH RELIGION PREACHES INSTEAD OF DEMONSTTRATING YOUR IGNORANCE TO THE WHOLE WORLD.

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      @ROGER DIXEN,

      WHAT ABOUT A BUDDHIST TEMPLE IN THE VATICAN??????????????

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    Move the mosque. listen to the majority Sinhalese or you may face the same consequences like the Jaffana Tamils. Is that clear?

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      Very clear buddy. We are heading for another 30 years of worse disaster, thats what the likes of you pray for.

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    suz always like to watch war against srilanka by tamils and enjoyed long time through media,i hope the muslims may entertain me fight against srilanka.suz wants war.allah yes give it soon?

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      The sinhala bhudists wish that only themselves have the right to live in srilanka…

      I don’t see any difference between Nazi germany and Sinhala Budism.

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        GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT,THIS IS NOT ABOUT HAVING THE RIGHT TO LIVE IN SRI LANKA, SRI LANKA IS A VERY TOLERANT COUNTRY COMPARED TO MOST COUNTRIES AND THATS PRETTY EVIDENT BY THE MULTICULTURISM THAT EXISTS HERE, THIS IS ABOUT THE RIGHTS OF THE NATIVE LOCAL PEOPLE AND WHETHER ITS JUSTIFIED TO HAVE A MOSQUE IN A HISTORIC BUDDHIST PLACE OF WORSHIP.

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          See the convoluted Logic of Suz, Samantha, Roger Dixen and Nagen, all birds of a feather. Roger Dixen in his post challenges us to get our facts straight. If only he can get himself straight, what I meant was the facts and nothing else, he boasts compared to most countries that multiculturism is pretty evident. Yes it is very evident for the whole world to see the manner how the so called majority Sinhalese subverts the minorities. Any further proof or evidence required claiming to close down a place of worship of a minority misleading the masses that the said property is within the Sacred Area when in fact it is not. Then what is this storm in the tea cup? This gangsterism and thuggary of a few posing as Sinhalese is tarnishing the image of the proper Sinhalese, the natives who held sway then in acomodating all to live here as we too were visitors to this land, like the proverbial Muslim saying where the camel putting it’s head inside the tent is trying to claim the whole country.

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        hey muslims i love to see your women do prayers in a mosque and give their rights first.hora thambi.

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          Women are made from man’s rib. They are not equal to man. You talk stupid. Read the Holy texts.

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          WHY ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT OUR WOMEN GOING TO MOSQUES. THEY ARE NOT PREVENTED.LANKAWE LOKU HORU KAWDA?
          YOUR WOMEN GOING TO TEMPLES ARE NOT SAVE EVEN FROM THE CHIEF PRIEST.
          WHAT HAPPENED IN ENGLAND AND MIHINTALE????????????????

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    The Truth will always win. Just Like the country was freed from the LTTE Rebels.

    All those who are raising their voices pertaining to the protest building a mosque in Dambullah, their wish is to see Sri Lanka also to be like Bangladesh & Afghanistan once used to be. No body speak any thing . so called human rights . Below some of the links

    http://www.chakranews.com/attacks-on-bangladeshi-buddhist-tribals-temple-and-church-by-islamic-extremists-call-for-un-intervention/436

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2010/03/muslims-burn-the-homes-attack-kill-christians-and-buddhists-in-bangladesh.html

    http://sujato.wordpress.com/2010/03/01/bangladesh-buddhists-under-attack/

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    ok everybody go back to your religious book (if you have one and sorry if you don’t have) and read it tonight and have a peaceful sleep and wake up in the morning open your eyes and see another wonderful day from God. (God willing) Peace be upon you!

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    Some people here are calling Islam a failed religion. Well, that is true, considering the history of “Prophet Muhammed” but Sinhala-Buddhism is also a colossal failure! What has Sinhala-Buddhism accomplished in 2500 years? When I give this question to Sinhala-Buddhists, they talk about some ancient architecture and how Sri Lanka did not need to import rice ages ago. But what about today? Chinese are needed to build even a simple road. Sri Lanka is not at all self-sufficient. And let us not forget that even in ancient days, the idea of equality never existed in the Sinhala-Buddhist society. The king owned all the land and a caste system was there to specify occupations.

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      @Observer.. The answer is simple.. A NATION… a nation that is unique from all other nations.. eg: Hindus who have india, Arabs, that have Arabia, Tamils, Tamil nadu, Chinese China, Europeans, Europe.. That is the answer to your question.. A nation that is Unique and distinguished to a sinhala people.. And over time that nation has developed to where Tamils, muslims, Bughers and malays have come to live in.. Even Tamils for malaysia like myself have come to Lanka for agitation… So there is your answer.. pretty simple really.

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      Islam was never a failure.. and NEVER WILL BE…

      Check this out… have a nice read

      http://www.1001inventions.com/

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        ISLAM IS THE BIGGEST FAILURE IN RELIGION, YOUR PEOPLE ARE KILLING EACH OTHER IN THE NAME OF ISLAM. OH SORRY I FORGOT, YOU HAVE TO KILL IN THE NAME OF ISLAM TO GO TO HEAVEN AND HAVE 7 VIRGINS.

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          I too had more than seven before going to heaven. loosers

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          DONT TALK “POPPYCOCK” WE CAN HAVE ALL “YOUR VIRGINS” IN THIS WORLD.
          BUT WE WILL NOT “FORNICATE” SINCE IT IS SINFUL.
          THIS COUNTRY BOASTING OF BUDDHISM IMPORTS WOMEN FOR “WHORING”, WHICH IS A THRIVING INDUSTRY ALONG WITH THE CASINOS.
          YOUR BUDDHIST CONGRESS IS CONTROLLED BY THE BIGGEST GAMBLERS IN THIS “SACRED” LAND. I CHALLENGE YOU TO DENY THIS.
          HOW MUCH DOES A TOURIST PAY TO VISIT THE SACRED TEMPLE.?
          HOW MUCH IS PAID BY S.L.C. TO THE DAMBULLA PRIEST.?

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      @ sjv chelvanayakam,

      That is a rather poor answer. And what do you mean by “Sinhala people.” Is there anything unique about “Sinhala people” or “Sinhala culture” in general? Most of the food and dress are South Indian, the language itself has borrowed heavily from Tamil, and Sinhala-Buddhism has adopted gods and astrology from Shaivism. The Sinhala people themselves have intermarried heavily with Veddas and Tamils to the extent that the gene pool is hardly “pure.” There is very little that is original about the Sinhala people or their culture; so fighting to protect a fake heritage is a waste of time.

      @ Lankan

      Islam is a failure. Examine the life of Muhammed… why did he marry a 9 yr old girl? Why did 600 Jews die by the sword of Muhammed?

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        what are you a professor in history? your comments are baseless and has no credibility. sinhalese culture go back more than 2500 years, tamils are just a broken off section of people that originate from india, keep your ignorant opinions to your self.

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          If Sinhalese culture is so great, where are the accomplishments? What is this great culture that you need to go back 2500 years to prove yourself? Please tell me what the Sinhalese have invented? What diseases they have cured? What outstanding books they have written? Answer is zero, zero, zero, and again zero. But you shouldn’t feel ashamed. Most of the Asian cultures are like this. Bunch of village fools boasting about their accomplishments with nothing to show . One of the few exceptions is the Japanese. One need only look at a Japanese home to see how world-class these people are. The architecture of the home is beautiful, as is the interior. Everything they build – electronics, high-speed trains, cars (the cars are not fancy, but they excellent durability – is a work of art. Unlike the Chinese, who build for the sake of building, the Japanese build a quality product. Japan is a model for the rest of Asia.

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          *But they have excellent durability

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        @observer.. You are now contradicting your own lies.. First you say..’let us not forget that even in ancient days, the idea of equality never existed in the Sinhala-Buddhist society’ now you are saying ‘Sinhala people themselves have intermarried heavily with Veddas and Tamils’ and have adopted much of Tamil culture.. So if there wasnt equality intermarriage and other cultural values be adopted.. in a UNIQUE LAND of the Sinhala.. What a idiot you are…

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          You’re the idiot, not me. The average Sinhalese does not look like like a North Indian (so-called ancestors given in Mahavamsa). The average Sinhalese – who does not possess any European genetics – looks like a combination of Veddah and Tamil. In fact, studies have confirmed that 60% of the Sinhalese gene pool is South Indian.

          Are you denying that the king owned all the land? There was intermarriage but there was no upward social mobility until the Europeans came.

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        ISLAM IS GROWING. PRESENTLY 1.6 BILLION.
        BUDDHISM IS DECLINING; JUST 300 MILLION

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    Latheef

    I must thank you, this is a very thoughtfully written article.

    However, you failed to mention the fact that the Prime Minister Jayaratne was ignorant of the meaning of the words Request and Order.

    Ordering a mosque to be demolished ab initio is a rejection of the Muslim community and can amount to outright violence on the community.

    Are you aware that UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe is another politician who has been rejecting the claims of the Muslims throughout history in the traditional UNP style. Ha has advocated in his book that Islam was spread through violence and bloodshed.

    Further, I was surprised at the way how the army and police personals were watching while the mobs led by the Budhist monks were demolishing the Anuraradhapure mosque few months ago. It shows the army and the police were protecting the hooligans while demolishing the mosque. So far the government did not take any action to punish these perperators.

    Unless the government take immidiate action to punish all those involved in the incident the government will lose not only the support of the local Muslis but also the support and the financial benefits of the whole Muslim world.
    I am sure the govt. cannot afford this at this moment of time.

    The Prime Minister Jayaratne should make an unreserved and open apology for the blatant lie and for ordering the demolition of the mosque through his Moda (stupid) behaviour before any settlement is reached.

    I think in fairness to both parties the mosque may be moved out of the Budhist sacred area after mutual discourse between both parties and built in a location acceptable to Dambulla Muslim community, otherwise the international repercussions can be severe blow to the country.

    As the government is fighting for peace

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    This Priest created havoc when the Kandalama Hotel was built, then when the Dambulle Cricket stadium was built, why this kolaveri, Kolaveri , Kolaveri???????????????????

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