23 June, 2021

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Pictures: Anti-Hate Vigil Campaigner’s Personal Safety At Risk; ‘My Daughter’s Safety Also At Risk’ – BBS CEO

By Colombo Telegraph

“I would like to inform you that BBS has not taken any steps to make any threats . None of our office staff have involved in this. I also witnessed about using some photos by some third parties. Some use our logo and making various comments. We have  requested all of them to stop using our logo. You can see that on Facebook. ” Dilanthe Withanage the Chief Executive Officer, Bodu Bala Sena told Colombo Telegraph.

Dilanthe Withanage

Withanage made above remarks when asked the personal safety of anti-hate vigil campaigners.The people who showed up for an anti-hate vigil last week are now being threatened. Their personal information including private photographs were stolen and circulating via Facebook with threatening remarks.

Dilanthe Withanage said; “Five months ago also we have observed that Facebook was used by some youth in this country    without any control or ethical manner . That’s why we had to put a poster on our official site. We do not maintain any FB or Twitter accounts officially. I have observed a number of such pages exist and we have requested them to stop. As a person who was responsible introducing ICT into the School Curriculum I am very concern of ethical use of ICT and Social Media. I had a lot’s of fight against some these youth groups.”

“Soon after the incident I complained to Bambalapitiya Police and requested to investigate about how the national anthem was distorted and who is responsible to take legal actions. At the police station I received a number of calls threatening to my life and BBS. Today some one informed me in one of web News Sites comments were given referring to my daughter who is studying at an International School. I have written in 2010 in Irida Lankadeepa Newspaper a Column where I criticized ” Unethical & Unproductive use of ICT by Youth calling them “e-Rasthiaydu Karayo ”  and in one column with a self criticism of sending my kids to International Schools. My daughter is nothing to do with my work and vigil . I and family also have some fear now with such comments. Some of the leading members of Ulama Organization in SL knows clearly how I  am working with them not to have any communal issues in Sri Lanka. Most of the allegations against BBS are false and people are talking without proper knowledge and information. We invite all who are calling us terrorists  to have a professional dialogue with us We are very open and we are not hiding.Every week meet media and they know how democratic we are. Of course some media cover us with hidden agenda.” he further said.

We publish below a few screenshots of the stolen pictures. Please note – we have edited the pictures.

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    CT: It’s pointless to just blur the faces because you can very easily find the original pages using the posters’ and groups’ names. You should cut those out too.

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      Please publish a photograph of Dilanthe Withanage where a traditional Sinahala AMUDE.

      While taking a swim or a bath. In a lake or a great tank built by one of our ancestors.

      As opposed to a more modern Bikini worn by girls these days.

      Just putting things into perspective.

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        Very true

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        So true. I agree.

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        I thought the same :)

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        Perfect. Everybody agrees then.

        We the Sinhala Buddhists of Sri Lanka would love to see our hero Dilanthe Withanage in a traditional Sinhalese AMUDE.

        It is often worn in rural Sri Lanka during bathing, swimming or even working in a paddy field etc. Since time immemorial in our country. Fits our climate perfectly. AMUDE is something to be proud of. A genius design of our Sinhala ancestors.

        Please create such a photograph using photoshop. With Dilanthe as the handsome model.

        Dilanthe Withanage may not be willing to share his private family album. Due to privacy concerns. Even due to low self confidence. About how he might look. In an AMUDE in the public domain.

        But, that should not be a big concern others. Balu Sena supporters do not give a damn about privacy of BBS opponents anyway. When they steal and spread private content from Facebook accounts etc.

        I believe Dilanthe Withanage would look sort of cool in an AMUDE. A sort of a MAHA KALU SINHALAYA, if you will.

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    You might not be encouraging the idiots who do this stuff, but, definitely it is the wrong message that you sent out which is prompting these idiots to behave so. If you gave the matchbox, you are as guilty for starting the fire.

    Also, the way you raised your voice against some of the females who were at the vigil does not portray you as a person having a females in your life (Wife and Daughter – keep aside where she schools). Till now, you have not come out and said how taking exerts of the anthem could be illegal when all we learn in schools till upper grades is the first few verses of the anthem and all they play in any ceremony is not the whole anthem.

    If your claims are true, please come out in public and clearly mention the reasons for the existence of BBS which is a NGO, who funds you and also demote the racial violence. This is definitely not what our Lord Buddha preached and using the name of Lord Buddha for petty racial issues it self is demeaning to Buddhists around the world.

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    For those who published the pics – I saw one holding his Wife’s hand – what is wrong with this ? Where has Lord Buddha said not to show Love to your loved ones? Why can’t a girl go to the beach in a bikini if she feels it is right (as bikini is meant for it) ? All these internet hero’s are the ones visiting porn sites and they have the nerve to call people who express themselves differently names? They better take a look at themselves in the mirrors (if they have any)

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      How about the Sigiriya frescoes, over which we take great pride? King Kassappa/ Kasiappa must have been a a per ert with breast fixation, to have commissioned such abomination! They should be covered up immediately! What hypocrisy and what hypocrites?

      Dr.RN

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        Dr RN please do not put any ideas into madmen’s heads. One mad man has already painted over the murals a long time ago. Maybe you are too young to remember.

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          I am not a spring chicken. I remember! Your fear reminds me of the destruction of the Bamiyan statues by the ignorant Taliban. The BBS is the Local equivalent of the Taliban. I need not give them ideas, They are brimming with many such ideas and are in the US to transfer some. They should be exhibited in Washington DC in the museum of natural sciences, as representing medieval thoughts and actions.

          Dr.RN

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        In the west they have researched into the different brest shapes of women in comparison to their sensuality and have found the same pear shaped brests that King Kassappa painted at Sigiriya are the most sensual women.
        How did the Sigiri painters knew this is the question. Also the Hip to waist proportion and their shoulder shapes are most appropriate.

        May be either King Kassappa painters copied these from the real models that posed or painted thinking what the king could get when he goes to Nirvana similar to what some Muslims believe life after death in Paradise.

        What are the paintings that are seen in many buddhist temples reflect.

        Dilantha Withanage should remove his mask and come out clean.

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    Dilanthe Withanage is the Thamilselvan of the BBS. WHEN THE LTTE attacked innocent civilians they never claimed the attacks, so is the cowards of the BBS. they get the goons to target these innocent people. please publish photos of his daugher and lets see what happens to her the next moment… her fate will be worse than that of these people….

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    What goes around comes around.

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      It could be vividly called ‘Boomerang’.

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    The white vans comment clearly show how barbaric the people who are against the BBS. I’ m not a supporter of BBS. But if people who further increase treat against the family members of BBS. We will actively support BBS. You can protest against anything you don’t like but you should be peaceful. Don’t be act like a Muslim rapist. Muslims are born rapists not only extremists but all who work according to Quran. As we know the vigil was funded by the Muslim business men. The participants are models and other peoples who work for money.

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      Sumith, what you are saying is that, not only models, but prostitute also works for money! You got it, stupid.

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      According to your thinking BBS SHOULD first start a massive campaign to stop sending women to Arab countries to prevent them getting raped and manhandled by Muslims there. That is a massive problem than girls working in enterprises of Muslims. So start it if you have guts for that. Wait for moron Safron robe wearing drunkard hit and run truck driver CHEVERADARI to commence this after return from US with some US Dollers.

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      You should consider supporting the BBS. Your ideals sound very similar to theirs.

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      Please LISTEN to Venerable Galkande dhammananda. His speech is posted in the in You will know how not to genarlise.
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/a-sri-lankan-buddhist-monk-speaks-out-let-sri-lanka-have-thousands-of-buddha-putras-like-him/

      What about saying all Sinhala Buddhist pradeshya memebers are rapists or saying all priests are like the Sec of the BBS who lies, drives after liquor and uses foul language, when we have gems of priests like Venerable Galkande dhammananda. Can we blame the entire Sri Lankan army for a few who was shown in Channel 4 Video. We better avoid phrases that generalises saying that people living that side of Bentara ganga are bad. Some say that people of certain castes have loud mouths. I know people living in up country would say the low country Sinhalese are cunning. This is nonsense

      It is the priest like Venerable Galkande dhammananda who should lead the Sinhala Buddhists or lead even the country. He speaks sense.

      We believe that a child should not suffer for the sins of the father. That is not fair. Lets leave children away from the discussion

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      Thanks, Sumith, I always thought I’d make a good model. Where do I pick up my cheque for last Friday?

      BTW, the ‘Vigil’antes have hit back at those targeting them on FB. They’ve launched a page that identifies some of these “Buddhist heroes”, giving info on their locations, places of employment (some in the Middle East lol), employer contact details, etc. I guess a few of those guys might soon be unemployed: https://www.facebook.com/SinhalaBuddhistHeroes?ref=ts&fref=ts

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        Just saw that David,and bloody good too serves the buggers right if they lose their jobs,some fellow is in riyadh and hates muslims too ;-) what a joke

        Im sure it will be a matter of time before Leela,Hela ,sumansekera and Maheshs true identity is revealed and shamed ,oh also Lester/Observer too (bugger likes Nazi stuff a lot which is not healthy!)

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      Why send your females to work in Arab countries? Don;t you know the risks they run of getting raped? If not raped, aren’t they asking for it? What do they do to pent up their natural frustration being women? Don’t blame Muslims, blame your women and then those Arab paymasters who pay them their salaries, and incidentally. providing sex being part of the contract. Otherwise why would these women take the risk and travel so far away from home, leaving the safety, security and comfort of home, their husband, children and sacrifice everything to go live in isolation, in a strange country, which also creates a culture shock, and then you have audacity to call Muslims as rapists. Another specimen worth framing.

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    BBS is guilty of lighting the flames of intolerance which threaten to spread out of control within and beyond the shores of this country. Since they are responsible it now behoves them to set the record straight and go to the streets as they did before and reverse the trend.

    Merely making news statements will not help. BBS must hold public rallies and vigils to douse the flames they have lit. Instead of stopping this peace protest they could have joined hands with the protesters if their intention was sincere.

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    One of those videos on MTV clearly shows there’s a confrontation between a man who was photographed and his photographer. They were arguing in front of a police officer. If you look carefully, on the video, you will see that that photographer is wearing a blue and white t-shirt that says http://www.bodhubalasena.com on the back.

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    Come on Dilantha Withanage! Don’t lie now. I saw that your Golum faced BBS officer (bold headed slim one wearing spectacles) was getting all these photos which are uploaded under the name of your and some other organizations.If you want any proof I can find enough about your officers getting these photos (And if you like I can give them to the bambalapitiya police also ;). I have some pictures of that Golum too. You are concerned a lot about the reputation of you daughter. But your officer goons have already destroyed many of other innocent girls who lit innocent candles against injustice. Shame on you so called Bauddhaya ! Now you are lying too! What an epic Buddhist!

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    Dilantha is a liar from Day 1, They BBS preach extremism and disown that when people start questioning. How long you are going to hide behind the lie.

    How on earth you propagate this coward act by hurting those girls who participated in the vigil for the sake of unity. You may read it differently since you are different.

    Shame on you… you have answer for all these stupidity

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    We know what boru balu sena is preaching all over and inciting people. Now dont try to cover up them. You have to tell 100 lies to cover up one lie. Your so called venerable thero made a beautiful “calm” bana in Kandy in March. He said that in the quran it is stated that to spit in the food given and he spoke about a hotel in Kandy. My Muslim friends challenge your high priest to prove this. How many Kandy hoteliers paid for you to say that lie. Now Dilantha this is in a video and dont try covering it up.
    When Fashion Bug was attacked you claimed that you were not involved. Though you were not involved in person The head of Balu sena was involved in inciting
    The venerable monk lied about Nolimit and Fashion Bug that they are running harems. (Incidentally now much did you get from similar traders for damaging the reputation of these companies.) For this lie he will have to pay for this in this world and he will be reborn as a …. He poured fuel and was waiting for the others to light the match. Is this not terrorism, inciting people into violence. It was easy for the gullible innocent crowd to throw (deshapremi) stones on to cameras of the ware house. Actually those who attacked Fashion Bug was innocent as they did not know what they were doing as hat was poured into the hearts and minds.
    Who should be arrested are the persons who incited this crowd.
    We know how genuine you are and printing these pictures. You are trying to reveal the persons for the others to attack. You can always identify these persons.
    Someone is questioning the dress of these persons- But people don’t forget the drunken priests who get for driving and the dirty language used . See other articles in Colombo telegraph.
    You are only worried about your daughter and I am sure she will get police protection from those who tried to stop the peaceful vigil and those who did not do anything while the pepiliyana stores was stoned.
    Referring to Pepiliyana incident- temple bells rang to call the innocent Sinhalese not to come to the temple to pray but for violence.

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      Why cant lanken law entities speed up his arrest ? If his and BBS behaviours make masses upset today ? All forms of violence should be against civil law and order of any country or not ? Why the rulers still pay deaf reactions while UN resolutions clearly painted that HR are not protected in Sl under the MR rule. ..

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      How the Sunethra Devi priest smiled and twisted his words to say that he said pirith at the foundation laying ceremony of Fashion Bug wear house, it is just the other day that I found out that the building was not built by Fashion Bug , they bought it recently. He would have said pirith at that time when it belonged to the previous owner and not when Fashion Bug occupied the building. He or his people rang the bell to call the people to the scene.

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    Man!!! Man!!! I don’t know whether this person is well educated or half educated. I couldn’t guess what he’s talking about, it’s not making any sense. Whole BBS activities and hate speeches are there, the world to seen in the YouTube well recorded for all to listen and see, even a deaf and blind person could see and listen to them.

    BBS shows in them through their wicked and bad speeches and behavior to prove that they are not Buddhist at all for their words, action and total behaviors are totally against the teachings of Lord Buddha.

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    We are sorry, the comment language is English – CT

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    PLEASE LISTEN THE RESPONSE GIVEN MY DAMBARA AMILA THERO ON THIS ISSUE …

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DXHPZW58wR0#!

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    We are sorry, the comment language is English – CT

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    We are sorry, the comment language is English – CT

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    Kicked OUT
    The Management Committee of the Anaheim temple would like to issue the following statement regarding the visit of the Bodu Bala Sena:
    We are deeply disturbed and disappointed by the actions taken by Ven. Sumana in allowing the “Bodu Bala Sena” representatives to stay at the Anaheim temple, organizing a ‘Buddhanussathi Pooja’ and a get-together.

    This was organized with the consent of the Ven. Sumana by two individuals without consulting the Management Committee of the temple and we had no prior knowledge of this visit until last Thursday. Since then, the Management Committee has met and spoken to Ven. Sumana requesting not to provide accommodation to the representatives of this group and not to organize a bodhi pooja or a meeting with them.
    It is our position that Sri Ratana Viharaya should not support “Bodu Bala Sena” which advocates against the rights of minorities in Sri Lanka and resorts to violence, mob action and intimidation to advance their cause. The temple premises should not be used as a platform to promote hatred and/or to promote an extremist group like “Bodu Bala Sena”.
    Therefore, the Management Committee requests our devotees not to participate in any of these activities and not to support this extremist group now or in the future.

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      Maybe Ven Sumana does not read Colombo Telegraph, and was taking BBS at Face Value! He should now be made aware, of the background.

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    “Pictures: Anti-Hate Vigil Campaigner’s Personal Safety At Risk; ‘My Daughter’s Safety Also At Risk’ – BBS CEO

    You should thank yourself for creating this mess. We want to live in peace, and we deserve that after 30 years of war. If you are bored with your life go find something else to do. Please don’t think you can intimidate us from posting pictures and maturbating to them.

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      LMAO… well put…

      How can Dilantha claim innocense? He was seen at the vigil with stretched hands and fury. He was NOT calm and collected to be claiming innocent. He is a double headed serpent.. Talks shit and acts different. Probably he want to claim Political Asylum in Norway claiming religious threats..and flee with Family….

      Hence he is bringing the ” Threat on my life and of my daughter” card… Wonder if he has a wife and how much time he spends with em than be associating with robed Thugs on the pay roll of the Norwegian NGO…

      He always denies what he has done just so he can save face.. Scum of the earth are people like him…

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    Dilantha,
    Go to Vietnam,a Buddhist country where not even 5% practice
    the religion but you will find some thousands of Muslims
    practice their religion and they have two three mosques in
    Ho chi min city and few more in other cities and this is
    communist and Buddhist Vietnam.In Rome,the council allocated
    land for a huge mosque in 1974,founded in 1984 and opened in
    1994 or 1995.Foundation was laid with the participation of
    then Italian president.It’s a place of worship that can
    accommodate 10.000 worshipers and in Rome.From 1974 just up
    to 1994 Italy might have seen so many govts because every
    six months govts were rolling,so unstable.Yet,nobody thought
    the mosque must be stopped.You are a learned person,you say
    fellow Muslim citizens must be discriminated,boycotted and
    hated in order to protect Buddhism.We heard your message.
    We saw you live on stage and TV.We see consequences of your
    campaign and that’s why your actions are called “inciting
    racial hatred.” This is the new “technology” to revive
    Buddhism from fading away because of Tamils,Christians and
    Muslims?Where did you learn this Buddhism?Don’t take Quran
    and explain it to us,wasting your time.LEARN BUDDHISM CORRECTLY
    AND STOP USING IT AGAINST ITS OWN WILL AND ABUSING IT.

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    please watch how BODU BALU SENA kaadayaola , behaving…….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=dyQAwgwARtk

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    Many of my Muslim students are harassed and humiliated daily on public transport because of the hate and venom you and your organisation have spewed out. How dare you worry about the safety of your own daughter!

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      I have a point for dilantha. Just a bit of advice to protect your daughter
      Ask her to work in these notorious companies that convert, get married to a muslim and then wear the burka. No one will know who she is… You are also actively involved in NGOs therefore getting your daughter to work with those places will not be a problem at all.

      Ask her not to wear those revealing dresses that she wears now, she wears worse dresses than the dresses that these women are wearing. please dilanthe mahathaya don’t throw stones from the glass houses.

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    Dear Intelligent SriLankan Sinhalese/tamil/muslim/burgher and other minority bretheren,
    DO NOT BE MISLED BY THIS “POOS PATIYA” talk from the RACIST DILANTHA!!
    The motto of the BORU BALU SENA seems to be the same as that of our infamous GOATa – the Godfather of the BBS. They want to achieve their racist agenda “BY WAY OF DECEPTION” , so everytime they promote and instigate the voilence/hate speech and then blame it on others saying some outsider is using the BBS name/website, etc!! DO NOT BE FOOLED!!!…..Keep pushing the racists into a corner and then they will have to commit suicide….:)

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    I wonder if the threats to MTV News First is due to their coverage of the BBS protest. If so shows the type of people backing this movement.

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    Why your daughter is studying in an International School please teach her Sinhalese

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    I think all these BBS, Rawaya and Rawana are the victims of Rajapakse Brothers Political manupulation.

    These blind, uneducated, with no direction in life and aimless yellow robe cheevarayas could be easily misguided by anybody and Rajapakses knowing this is usingt them to stay in power.

    If anybody could get hold of these Buddhist monks families, their parents info and their economic standing,where their home towns are,what their education qualifications are etc, you could get a picture of their back ground.

    What does a seven year old know to select to be a Buddhist monk for life…….. Many could be joining for economic and free education reasons, and this many be the reason why many leave their robes after getting their free education with meals supplied.

    This is what Rajapakses are doing similar to how VP used and mis guided tamil youth and JVP mis guided and used Sinhala youth bringing distruction upon their lives.

    It is Rajapakses who created, nourished and used these brainless yellow robe youth, while using them for their benefit to stay in power by while destabilising the minority communities, similar to what JVP and VP did to Sinhala and Tamil youth.

    Very soon either they will find their own distruction or will realise the Rajapakses cunning game and could start to take revenge from Rajapakses similar to what happened to SWRD Bandaranaike.

    Crook Rajapakse family dynasty days are numbered.

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    Could I ask Dilantha, if he is the head of a peaceful Buddhist Organisation, why he allows a Rabid, Alcholic ex Lorry Driver to masquerade in the Sacred Buddhist Robes? He should be the first person the Bodu Bala Sena should ban for desecrating our Buddha’s attire!!

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    What right does Malinga have to call these people night club Buddhists when his daughters go to a private christian school? Why don’t they go to a Buddhist school? Best of both worlds he!The Babu Bootha Sena must stop spewing venom and creating unrest in this country. It is shameful that they have now resorted to stealing pictures from face book and distorting them! Disgraceful lot all of you. Height of frustration too!!Dilantha your daughter should be ashamed of you. Your karma will catch up with you.

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    This is the same group Posh, westernised buddhits who always insult sinhalese buddhists. There argument is that buddhists monks don’t practice exact buddhism, so that they are not qualified to talk about protecting buddhism. If that’s the case all the monks will have to go to jungle and start meditating. Then who will even survive to teach buddhism. So this is not actually buddhists quetion BBS. But those who are against Sinhalese buddhist culture try to advantage over the racism used by BBS.

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    Dilantha Withanage has turned a full circle from the IT superman to a CEO in the Balusena.His and those culture vulture monks GOD FATHER is hiding in his den and giving orders.Remember one thing don’t use religions to antoganise the Sri Lankans.Most of all the Buddhist Philosophy which spreads the message of compassion.During Buddha’s time women were not fully dressed.Now Bodu Balu Sena similar to the Talibans are ordering women what to where and how to sit.You go to a village and you see some girls in jeans.You go to a temple and you see girls in jeans.Isn’t that a more suitable dress to where.Anti BBs don’t be disheartened .There will be thousands following you.

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