25 July, 2021

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Politics Of Beef: A Diversionary Tactic?

By Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

All what the people expect is for the government to act and bring those who ruined the country to justice

Muslim community voted en masse for President Maithripala Sirisena in the 8 January 2015 presidential elections to free themselves from the persecution of handful Sinhala racists such as Bodu Bala Sena who are suspected local and foreign mercenaries.

However Muslims and non Muslims alike who voted for him now raise the question following the shocking meeting of BBS team led by its extremist leader Ven. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thera with President Sirisena “whether these very same racists who virtually turned the country into a killing field were given a new lease of life.”

This meeting has caused serious concern especially among Muslims as notorious anti Muslim Ven. Gnanasara Thera who remains hell bent on setting fire to the island’s Muslims described the meeting as “success”.

This comes in the midst of President Sirisena’s announcement to ban cow slaughter -an issue rewarding racists and create the environment to generate hatred towards Muslims.

It is common knowledge that Ven. Gnanasara Thera is not a man of peace. He was rejected even by his own people during the last general elections. Video clippings of his speeches inciting Sinhalese speak volume for his agenda.

His fiery speeches created a hostile environment between Sinhalese and Muslims and climaxed in the attacks on Muslims at Aluthgama, Dharga Town and Beruwala. During these attacks Muslims were killed, their residential and commercial buildings looted and emptied before setting fire in a planned manner.

He continued his lawlessness till the Presidential election on 8 January 2015 when former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was defeated. With Rajapaksa’s defeat Ven. Gnanasara Thera lost patronage for his disastrous campaign which brought the country almost to the brink of yet another 1983 type pogrom.

He almost went into hiding after President Sirisena was elected. However, suspected to have been backed by defeated President Rajapaksa who is supposed to be making every possible effort to topple the government, Ven. Gnanasara Thera once again started provoking Muslims.

Earlier Ven. Gnanasara Thera called for banning of the Holy Quran. Perhaps he doesn’t understand the seriousness of such call as it could have international repercussions and alienate Muslim countries which remain the most sincere and best friends of Sri Lanka.

He has also forgotten that almost a million Sri Lankans live and work peacefully in the Gulf and remit annually around seven billion rupees which help sustain our economy which otherwise could have collapsed .

There are also court cases against Ven Gnanasara Thera especially for criticizing Islam and Muslims. His lawlessness forced Homagama Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake to order Ven Gnanasara’ Thera’s arrest on charges of contempt of court on Monday 25 January 2016. Yesterday, 26th January, he was remanded till February 9.

Under such circumstance President Sirisena meeting him and, in the midst, announcing his plan to impose ban on cow slaughtering is certainly unfortunate in view of its serious complications in the life of the island’s Muslims and its overall impact in the country.

And now comes yet another racist group-“Sinha Le”, perhaps another BBS face, apparently inciting Sinhalese against Muslims. The impact of this group’s campaign was such that within weeks it became a force to reckon with.

Sinha Le organized a motorcade from Independent Square in Colombo to Tooth Relic Temple in Kandy with a stopover in predominantly Muslim Town of Mawanella where they had a stiff with the police creating a tense situation. During the motorcade they defied law, ignored national flag and carried Buddhist flag sending a clear message of their hidden agenda.

This was sheer lawlessness, but was allowed to proceed.

Though President Sirisena dismissed the group as not worth talking about it has all the ingredients to provoke a communal clash. The question is why the government which was voted to power by all communities and talking about reconciliation allow such lawlessness. Unless the government take firm steps to deal with this group which is certainly a cover for well organized racist conspiracies the country may have to face a serious crisis for which the government will certainly be held responsible

Almost all these mushroom racist groups target Muslims- perhaps in keeping with their often repeated philosophy that “we will deal first with Tamils and then take care of the Muslims”. Now that the LTTE was defeated and Tamils were subdued they are, perhaps, turning their attention on Muslims not realizing the disaster which they would bring on the entire country.

This conspiracy fits in well with the global Israeli campaign against Islam and Muslims unleashed in collaboration with United States, Britain, Europe and Russia in collaboration with Arab dictators under the guise of fighting war on terrorism. Widespread suspicion is that Sinhala racist elements are funded by Israel through Norway whose hostility towards the island’s Muslims has been proved ever since they got involved in the island’s ethnic conflict.

In fact ever since UNP led coalition government assumed office, the island has opened its doors wide open to US, Britain and Europe in general and Israel in particular and their corporate conglomerates which not only sucks the developing countries and never miss a chance to implement its evil designs on Muslims as part of its global conspiracy .

This is the reason why the Muslims are very concerned about President Sirisena’s move to ban cow slaughtering without taking into consideration its social, religious and economic implications.

This decision strikes at the very root of Muslims’ religious obligations during Hajj.

This is the first time that a ruler in the country openly declared his intention to curb the food of not only Muslims but followers of all other faiths including Buddhists. The type of food one eat, consuming liquor, illicit sex ,all types of gambling including horse racing, casinos and all such activities depend on individual’s liking and disliking. These human desires cannot be controlled by legislation.

There was also suggestion to import beef. This is ridiculous as if cows slaughtered abroad do not feel the pain.

People also started asking why only stop slaughtering cows? Why not stop the slaughter goats, pigs, chicken and all other domestic animals as they all feel the pain.

The question is whether cow slaughtering is the main issue facing the island which is confronting political instability and a tottering economy which unfortunately depends on foreign aid sixty eight years after independence due to sheer mismanagement.

The present government was voted to power to bring to justice all those who committed crime, corruption and plundered the country. However even after a year these promises are yet to be fulfilled leading to growing disillusionment among people.

The need of the hour is to fulfill these promises, work towards political stability and measures to rebuild the economy to help ease burning problems such as unemployment, ever rising cost of living, lawlessness and other such matters.

It is also time that the mainstream Sinhalese also come forward to save this country from the menace of racist mercenaries.

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    WHEN MUSLIMS HAVE THE UPPER HANDS, OTHERS CAN NOT EVEN PRACTICE THEIR RELIGIONS. BUT, IN SRI LANKA, NOT KILLING ANIMALS IS RACISM.

    IS IT SINHALA RACISM OR MUSLIM AGGRESSIVENESS, SELF-CENTEREDNESS, SELFISHNESS AND INABILITY TO LIVE WITH OTHER RELIGIONS ?

    officials in the Islamic country of Saudi Arabia have passed a law that may impose the death penalty on Bible smugglers and any others distributing religious materials that are not of the Muslim religion.

    “[T]he new law extends to the importing of all illegal drugs and ‘all publications that have a prejudice to any other religious beliefs other than Islam,’” Paul Washer’s HeartCry Missionary Society outlines in a post on their website. “In other words, anyone who attempts to bring Bibles or gospel literature into the country will have all materials confiscated and be imprisoned and sentenced to death.”

    It points to an article on the Copts Today website, which notes that “indecent materials and publications” are also included in the customs prohibition.

    Reporters have attempted to obtain confirmation of the report from Saudi Arabia’s U.S. Embassy press officer in Washington, but the information has neither been confirmed or denied.

    Undercover Boss

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      It is not surprising that Muslims as the only beef eating group in the country, are growing big (like cattle themselves. Recently I had an incident in a Colombo Kandy bus where the standing are in the middle was completely blocked by a Muslim young man the size of a tree. He was standing n the middle, blocking the path to others. Quite a menacing thing to experience. And he was not smelling very nice either.

      Muslims have to think about respecting other religions for once, and stop killing and eating the animal we consider sacred.

      There is no racism here as this writer seems to suggest. He should be ashamed that he does not see any other problem in this country but only Muslim problems. Selfish kafirs.

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        “Blocking inside a by a Muslim” why don’t you say blocking by a Sri Lankan. I travel often in the bus and frequently subject to harassment by Sinhalese , Muslims and Tamils. They will not move behind and the entrance is crowded. I was sexually harassed by a Sinhalese when I sat next to him. So please don’t blame a race for being a public nuisance.

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        Beef is eaten by people of all religions. Christians also eat beef. I think number of cattle slaughtered would be insignificant if the Buddhists stop eating beef.
        Angered is a racist, he doesn’t seem to realise that he cannot blame the whole community for the fault of one man standing in the middle of the bus.

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        Mr Anger

        Don’t you think Mr Gnanasara has the looks of a bull, even a meeharaka?

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        Angered , why or why did u smell his arm pit dear? :)

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    Remember, when you came to Sri lanka buddhism was there, most of the country was buddhists. Neither the christians nor do Muslims came after buddhists. Now, you guys say change everything to suit you people.

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    This is how muslims Treat Buddhists monk if they have the upper hand.

    What Mecca is to Muslims and The Temple Mount is to Jews, the Bodhi tree is to Buddhists.

    Located in Bodh Gaya, India, it is epicenter of the Buddhist universe – the place where Gautama Buddha (i.e. “The Awakened One”) is believed to have realized the nature of the mind in 531 BCE.

    On Sunday nine explosions, occurring both inside and outside of the Mahabodhi temple complex, rocked the pilgrimage town in the northeastern province of Bihar. Two people were injured.

    “There was some damage to the staircases near the Bodhi Tree, and some windowpanes were broken,” Bhikshu Chalinda, the senior monk at the temple, told The New York Times.

    Witnesses said some of the bombs exploded close to the Bodhi tree, but it did not sustain any damage.

    Authorities defused several other bombs, which were made at the UNESCO World Heritage site. Investigators said the bombs were detonated with remote timers.

    “It’s very unfortunate, actually there should be no need for security in a religious place,” a Dalai Lama aide told the Times Now.

    The Hindustan Times reports that for years Pakistan-based, al-Qaeda-linked militants have considered Bodh Gaya as a potential target of suicide bombings.

    The report noted that Sunday’s attack may be retribution for the atrocities committed by militant Buddhist monks Myanmar on Rohingya Muslims.

    The Mahabodhi temple, particularly around the Bodhi tree, is one of the most peaceful places imaginable (this author has been there).

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      “What Mecca is to Muslims and The Temple Mount is to Jews, the Bodhi tree is to Buddhists”.

      You can see those who practise these 3 religions are led by their books and create unrest, to say the least. The question is not who came or went first but a peaceful coexistence with the will to live and let live. What determines who rule the country is based simply on numerical strength and not on justice, fairness or who came first. For example look at European dominated US, Australia etc.

      All the people in Sri Lanka who have no other home have equal rights because they contribute more os less the same to the state and expect equal treatment. Leaders of BBS do not even follow the law and those whom they claim to represent do not support them, as the election result show. No one has the right to burn the businesses or places of worship because the country loses wealth and friends abroad. Muslim countries buy Sri Lankan goods and keep the economy manageable and misbehaviour by a particular group leads to anarchy which will result in isolation of the country. Who will suffer, all of us.

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        SARO

        You can see those who practise these 3 religions are led by their books and create unrest, to say the least. The question is not who came or went first but a peaceful coexistence with the will to live and let live

        YOU SAY YOU ARE BIASED.

        Talk about religious rights in islamic countries.

        Why you can not accept the needs of buddhists ?

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          TJim Softy,

          “Talk about religious rights in islamic countries. Why you can not accept the needs of buddhists ? “

          You have admitted what happens in Muslim countries is unacceptable so why do Buddhists insist on following the rigid wasteful way of religious rigidity? Giving too much importance to religion is not only primitive but unproductive. Europeans tried in 16th, 17th centuries but come long way in developing their countries by sidelining religion.

          Now Rabbis of Judaism and Islam and Buddhist monks are hindrance to progress and cause of frictions among followers. Look at how the ‘monks’ of BBS behaved against police when they carry out their duties.

          Are you in favour of what Somarama Theras, Butherihitha Theras and Gnanasara Theras have been doing in the name of Buddhism?

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            Saro:

            YOu are just dumb.

            It is difficult to talk to dumbs,

            In the west, religiousness and spirituality are two different things.

            buddhism is not a religion and it is spirituality. Ask people in most developed countries say they are not religious. If you ask them, almost every one say, they are spiritual. That doe snot mean they are buddhist, but they are spiritual.

            Religion has a component in which you have to have faith on the creator. Buddhist is not based on FAITH or CREATOR demanding every thing from the devotee. buddhism is just compassion to everyone and doing good, that is why animals should not be killed for food.

            Simply, don’t talk DUMB.

            Even Allah had said, to cut the throat of the animal while standing on a read hot hot stone. These barberic muslims cut the throat of the animal while standing on brick. that is how they are dumb and barberic.

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              Those who descend to personal attack loses the argument by virtue of narrowed perception superiority complex. Buddhism at your and Gnanasara’s level is considered as a religion. Anyone supports a thug cannot talk about spirituality.

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                Saro

                You are talking to the wrong guy and only wasting your time. His comments are prompted by frustration caused by erectile dsyfunction. That’s why he has named himself Softie. You will not get anywhere with him. Leave him alone.

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    “This comes in the midst of President Sirisena’s announcement to ban cow slaughter -an issue rewarding racists and create the environment to generate hatred towards Muslims.”

    President Sirisena had no business in airing his personal views on the subject.
    That said the Muslims of Sri Lanka are better off without the convoluted logic of Mr.Farook.
    Does he suggest that vegetarians are racists? Is beef eating as compulsory for Muslims as praying five times a day? Should the right to eat beef be guaranteed in the constitution?

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      Mr. Gandasara is obsessed with his ethnicity and religion. Just like Mr. Farook, Mr. Hakeem & Mr. Baludeen. All belong to the same lot.

      Only difference is Mr. Gandasara does not shy away from thuggery. While the others mentioned are smooth operators.

      Mr. Gandasara is the most rotten apple of the lot. However, the others in that lot are rotten apples too. Obsessed with religious dogma. Using it as a tool for political power. Unable to think outside that tiny box. They are not concerned about anything outside that tiny religious box anyway.

      They are destroying this beautiful country in the process.

      Cheers!

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    You want beef so it will be there for you through imports. You cannot be allowed to slaughter cows in our backyard. So don’t label those against your food habits as racists. None of you came forward to free us from LTTE but you are claiming a big piece of the peace dividends under various pretext

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      “You want beef so it will be there for you through imports. You cannot be allowed to slaughter cows in our backyard. “

      Who is in whose backyard? Why should their right to eat whatever be curtailed ? If we ban cow slaughtering we are in their backyard.

      Some Hindus slaughter animals in temples while preaching eating meat is against Hinduism. Religion is illogical and blind people but it’s the right of some one to follow whatever religion he / she wants.

      Do not interfere with the rights of others so long as they do not trespass.

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        India- a predominantly a Hindu populated country- is the largest exporter of beef!

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      Muslims did not support the LTTE and that is why LTTE sis ethnic cleansing of the Muslims from the North in 1990 and some of them are still in the camps. They were massacred in the Kantankudy mosque while at prayers. You have a short memory

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    The government truly has a problem on their hands. Kindness, patience with tolerance and excessive reverence towards them have turned out to be misplaced values, as such have been mistaken for weakness and powerless to strike back. Thus we now see the fallout of such anti-social and militant behavior of a few monks, and this does not forebode well for the country and its Buddhist image to the rest of the world.

    India has banned cow slaughter in most states, but buffalo meat produced and packed in India is available throughout many of the Middle Eastern countries. As if they are all not the same bovine animals identified with cattle. It is a roaring business in meat producing countries which have massive cattle ranches and auctions which feed the many slaughter houses in countries like USA, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South American countries and now even India too, what with all the legendary burger joints in the world to feed millions of people on a daily basis. What we are trying to do by banning cattle slaughter is proving our ignorance by feigning reverence (like so many other feigning acts) to animal life, when there is so much more harm and ruination we cause on our own health and families welfare through addiction to gambling, alcohol, drugs and smoking. Why doesn’t anyone raise a voice to legislate those? Is it because Muslims in this country control the meat industry, whilst those other harmful addictions generate massive revenue for the government?

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      typical Marwan lol

      India reveres cow but slaughters buffalo so we must follow suit.. LOL. Sri Lanka isn’t the 30th state of India. this is what is wrong with humanity, everyone following one another.

      ‘Is it because Muslims in this country control the meat industry, whilst those other harmful addictions generate massive revenue for the government?’

      so to deprive a few Muslims of slaughtering cows was the reason for imposing the ban? yeah eff the millions of non Muslim’s buying meat from them too. do you sense my sarcasm? you make everything a religious and racial issue and then blame everyone else for being ignorant LOL

      Next time you have your steak, think about how the cow squealed in pain, drenched in it’s own blood fighting for it’s life so that you could enjoy a bite or two….

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    The present president looks nervous to tackle unruly people like Ven. Gnanasara Thera. It was Muslim leaders who helped Rajapakse regime enact 18th Amendment and become an autocrat. No point in listing of crimes that this so called monk who is an insult to mankind let alone Lord Buddha committed under Rajapakse with the blessings of his youngest powerful brother.

    This ‘monk’ defames the country and Buddhist religion.

    You can only put the fire with water and not by fire. Rajapaksas gave his a sort of respectability and licence to hate ethnic minorities in general and Muslims in particular. This president has to appear listening to these extremists otherwise Rajapaksas will make use of them to get back to power through the back door. Rajapakse has to come to power to put a halt to the investigations of his misdeeds and illegally acquired wealth. We must be careful not to let him resume his corruptive rule.

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      christians come and preach buddhism here. those who know it can understand their BS.

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      Please do not call themselves ” Muslim leaders” they are merely Muslim politicians. 18th amendment was supported by this selfish Muslim politicians who joined them. If you look at the voting pattern on the 18th amendment majority were Sinhalese. Why do we talk of only Muslim support. Muslim MPs also supported for personal gains and the country including the Muslims suffered by it.

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    Do really Muslims or Sinhalese concern over this meeting as the writer says?

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    Sri Lanka is cursed with it’s leadership. Perhaps this is their destiny.

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    Even Fish and vegetables should be banned as they feel PAIN!

    Then what you are going to eat??? Ask Gnansara (who himself fond of eating meat)or the president himself?? It’s unfortunate the president’s personal view has taken level of banning meat (not alone the beef) in Sri Lanka!!!

    Imagine the families depend on cattle farming and survival for them virtually zero from diary products!

    Soon you will have to add the stray cows to list of stray dogs, stray cats and stray monkeys!!!

    Yes, Banana Republic…….

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    Food for thought..

    In India Cow is considered sacred and widely worshipped and slaughtering is banned in almost all the states, but India is the worlds second largest meat exporter after Brazil, check it out on Google.

    Isn’t this real hypocrisy!!!

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    I just cannot help but calling those who are promoting cow slaughter, while promoting dairy farming idiots.’ What are we going to do with the culled cows- those who cannot produce milk or reproduce anymore? Are we planning to run State-run old age homes for them. What are we going to do with all the bull calves born? Let them run around mating with every cow / heifer in heat! What happens to the goal of improving the genetic ability of our cows to produce more milk and the industry to be profitable?’

    By banning cattle/ cow slaughter, we will create an illegal and underground industry and add one more opportunity for corruption.

    Let us let those who want to eat beaf and those who want to slaughter cattle to provide the cattle, who are we to decide what others should eat ? What is the difference between slaughtering cattle,goats or chicken?

    We are bloody hypocrites and our president is proving that he is one or becoming one too.’

    Dr,Rajsingham Narendran

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      The tradition of eating “fowl of the air and fish of the sea” is not only a biblical injunction it is also the tradition of Lord Skanda at Kataragama. Unlike India where the tenets of ahimsa seem to begin with the advent of Buddhism and Jainism. The Vedas themselves contain instances of Horse and Cattle sacrifice. In Ancient timeless Lanka, it seems deer, fish and fowl were acceptable food but beef and pork were particularly sanctioned.
      Science will tell us that plants have feelings too as Acharaya Jagdish Chandra Bose’s experiments demonstrated early in the last century.
      So the eating of one species by another would seem to be an evolutionary impulse that requires no alibiing: life devours life.
      That said it is hard to argue about where one should start on the food chain and just as the Arabian faith developed within its own socio-political milieu the Lankan one did too. When one examines the socio-cultural of the so-called Tamils and so-called Sinhala in Lanka one would be hardpressed to find any great difference in the Saivite impetus and the arya Sinhala one.
      Does anyone really believe there are different races in a country of 25 million square miles? As far as I am concerned we are all Sinha Le whatever our colonial markers.

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      Dr,Rajasingham Narendran,

      Agree with the practical problems and hypocrisy you highlight. Not to mention religious fanatics from all sides who are having a field day.

      Fact, is both animal slaughtering and dairy farming are both utterly cruel industries. Nobody wants to admit it or face it.

      Somebody said slaughtering houses should have glass walls. And should be located in city centers. People should be able to observe what is going on inside them. Not many would opt for meat then.

      So is dairy farming. Cruelty behind a seemingly innocent glass of milk is mind boggling. Nobody wants to know these things.

      However, I agree with you we cannot force these things down people’s throats.

      Animal rights activists have a formidable task against all odds to raise awareness around this topic. They have a very long way to go.

      Meanwhile governments have a very serious task in enforcing animal welfare laws. All animals must have proper living condition standards. At least while they are alive. Slaughtering should be as humane as possible. Though I do not believe there is such a thing called “Humane Slaughtering”.

      Nobody wants to die. Period.

      Somebody said if animals could speak, all of us would weep. I agree.

      Cheers!

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        Ben Hurling

        Where have you been hiding in the last month or two?

        You too have responsibilities towards the people therefore pick up your bum and place it in this forum.

        Regime change is not a sufficient condition for good governance.

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          My reservoir of patience with Good Governance monkeys is larger than even I believed myself.

          I have extended my honeymoon with them a wee bit more.

          Cheers!

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    yeah let me eat pork while enjoying a chilled beer in an Islamic country.. stop being a bloody hypocrite

    cows are the most abused animals in the meat trade.. calves are taken from their mothers at birth and they feel that pain unlike other animals.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBnZPJJ2QG4

    but the writer doesn’t care about the suffering of others especially when it comes to animals. he only cares about the Muslims. Maybe his next article will be on Sri Lanka not having Sharia.

    maybe cows are the reincarnation of the merciless beef eaters.

    this is the only exception where i agree with the president.

    pfft… ‘remittance …seven billion rupees or the economy would have collapses’ oh please. Ironic that a journalist doesn’t read the news; 2 weeks ago a senior Harvard economist said that SL workers who migrate and remit money back to SL have nearly no impact on the economy. Which is true if you think about it because it is dispersed and negligible on the macro scale.. but you have no shame to not mention the domestication of SL migrant workers as slaves in those countries. That too because he only supports the Muslim agenda and not the Sri Lankan one.

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    Correction: — promoting a ban on cow slaughter—-

    Dr.RN

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    It is not only cow is sacred.

    Hens, goats, fish and all other animals have life and Lord Budhdha preached not to harm any life.

    Therefore, slaughtering any animal and catching fish should be banned and made unlawful in our Snihala Budhdhist land.

    Everyone even the Muslims and Christians should all eat vegetable and live here or leave our Sinhala Budhist soil.

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      Did not Devadutta request Lord Buddha to ban eating meat and fish? The fact that Lord Buddha rejected the request is well known. How can one eat meat without an animal being slaughtered? Hence the edict was for Buddhists not to slaughter. However meat was not banned as it is reported that Lord Buddha consumed meat. So the problem inevitably devolves to Whose side are those who advocate banning eat or fish? On LORD BUDDHA’s side or Devadutta ‘s ?

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        The last sentence should read
        On whose side are those who advocate banning eating meat or fish? On LORD BUDDHA’s side or on Devadatta’s?

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    @Mahanayake Thero

    Does your ruling apply to Thero’s as well ?

    Seems like Theros are also merrily consuming meat with no objection. Ref: Galaboda in the papers ordering Pan Fried Monkfish at popular restaurant

    Should Galaboda and other non-vegetarian Theros leave the Sinhala Buddhist Soil ?

    We will have a massive shortage of Theros….

    Perhaps it is a good thing

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    Eating beef is not acceptable in pure-land Sri Lanka! As Muslims we must respect Hindu’s and Buddhists’ sentiments and believes. At a time whole world has had enough with Muslim craziness, ever so compassionate Sinhalese tolerate us Muslims.

    As Muslims we must not forget to thank BBS in their tireless effort to make Muslims at least half decent people.

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    I hope when I die that God will accept that I have been Muslim. In the meantime I accept that my birth to Muslim parents in Sri Lanka is something that He ordained before I was a whisper in anyone’s dream.
    It was the inroads of the Christian Abrahamic tradition that began the slaughter of livestock on the island. During the Portuguese Era in Lanka the penalty for eating of beef was the loss of one’s caste.
    As this was a time when the puranagama traditions of the people were the social norm and rajakariya an institutional requirement, the loss of one’s caste was the loss of livelihood as one was ostracised from civil society and made rodi.
    Arabs were visiting Lanka long before the advent of Islam and that the Muslims of Lanka were held in good standing by the people of Lanka is vouchsafed by their protection and sanctuary in the Kandyan Kingdom in the face of Catholic persecution. If the Muslims had been behaving in an uncouth manner insulting their hosts by observing practises their hosts found repulsive, it is impossible to believe that they would have been protected and integrated with the general population.
    Mr Latheef’s post-colonial angst not withstanding I really cannot see how anyone can claim a “democratic right” to kill and if I am to understand anything about the nature of the Prophet Muhammed (sal) I am certain he could not show the insensitivity of the religion founded in his name.

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    Beef eating may be wrong according to Buddhists and Hindus. On the same basis eating chicken and fish may be also wrong after all they are animals and they have life.

    I am touching another question. Is it correct to take the milk from the cows. This milk is for the calf. If you ever breed a cow, you will know that if we do not keep the calf and the in separate places, the calf will drink the entire milk and that day the dairy farmer has no milk to sell.

    We talk of animal rights, do we ever discuss the right of the calf for the mother’s milk.
    I think we should stop taking cows milk or milk powder. We should take soya powder or another substitute. It is unethical and a crime to deprive the calf of his mother’s milk

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      Maali Karunaratne,

      The modern dairy cow under good management can produce an average of 30-35 liters of milk a day. Her calf at best can drink only 12 liters of milk a day and is weaned at 60 days of age, when it can eat solid food. There are also many commercial milk replacers available, which are as good as milk. Although, to reduce the trauma of separation, the calf is separated soon after birth- before it suckles-the calf gets well cared for. The cow will let down her milk, without the calf, when managed this way. it It is the surplus milk that goes into the Human food chain.

      I was in Nikaweli recently to help a friend with his agriculture- animal husbandry project and noticed that the persons who rear large numbers of cattle and graze them in open fields, only take a portion of the milk from a few cows and let the calves suckle their mothers, until they are more than a year old. The calf is given the opportunity to drink its requirements of milk. The calf is also permitted to eat grass earlier in life than it would be in a dairy farm.

      The relationship between the cow { cattle) and man is unique, as is the relationship between man and dog. The cow is man’s foster mother ,benefactor, worker and food, while the dog is his friend and defender.The cow is considered the ‘ Kamadenu’ ( the all giver) by the Hindus because of the manifold ways it serves mankind. It gives everything including its life and flesh to man.

      I think it is a symbiotic relationship, as everything else in the animal kingdom. It is only when we begin to view ourselves as a species that is apart from the rest of the animal kingdom, that confusion about rights and wrongs arise. We should not forget that we are animals too, with the same needs as the rest. We are also more predatory than the rest of them. Man also eats man in many ingenious ways, unlike the the rest.

      Dr.RN

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