21 October, 2019

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‘We Are Not Alone’ Says The Military Spokesman: Sri Lanka’s Defence Establishment Promotes Islamophobia ?

Further reinforcing the hand of the defence establishment in the prevailing anti-Muslim discourse in Sri Lanka propagated by Buddhist monk led hardline groups, the Military Spokesman continues to disseminate highly inappropriate information to local and foreign correspondents based in the country.

Ruwan Wanigasooriya

Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya who makes it a habit of forwarding blatantly extremist musings by Sinhala hardline writers yesterday sent media personnel an email with the subject line ‘We are not alone in the current dialogue’.

Contained in the email was an article that appeared in the UK based Independent newspaper about the ongoing debate in Britain about the Muslim dress code. The article relates to race relations in the UK after a judge asked a veiled woman to remove her burqa in order to give evidence at a trial. Although it is not the heading of the article in question the attachment sent by the Military Spokesman contains the title ‘Muslim woman must remove burka in court’.

The “current dialogue” in Sri Lanka with regards to the Muslim dress is led by the openly Islamophobic Bodu Bala Sena and other hardline organisations and is seen as part of the groups’ ongoing campaign of intolerance against the country’s Muslim minority community. The issue of the Muslim head-dress and burqa has not so far been in the ‘dialogue’ for either the ruling government or any other political party or organisation.

“A question mark arises therefore, as to why the military spokesman who is making political statements well beyond his mandate in seeming deference to the anti-Muslim rhetoric of hardline movements. It is especially disturbing because Sri Lanka’s defence establishment led by Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa is seen as being supportive of the hardline groups who have been responsible for increasing acts of violence against the Muslim community.” a Civil Society activist  told  Colombo Telegraph.

Following is the Military Spokesman’s email to reporters and the forwarded article.

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    We Are Not Alone: The Military Spokesman Ruwan Wanigasooriya; Myanmar’s Wiratu is with us: Together we promote Islamophobia in South Asia!

    Why not, UK you can join us too, we can discuss it during the CHOGM in Colombo in November.

    Look forward to meeting you!

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      Time for the Minorities of Lanka to UNITE to fight and Topple the Racist and CORRUPT Rajapassa regime with joint opposition.

      The petty squabbling among the Muslims and Tamils is shameful and there needs to be Tamil Muslim reconciliation for the great good of the country – because it is the minorities who will save the SInhalaya Modayas from them selves and their barbaric, uneducated and CORRUPT leaders!

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        Don,
        “At the current rate of Muslim immigration combined with its high birth rates, France will be a Muslim majority country in just 23 years.” No wonder anti-Muslim acts rose to 469 or by 42% last year and attacks against mosques had increased by 100% or doubled to 40 in 2012 compared with 2011 as reported in the annual report of Muslim rights group. It also said that Le Pen and other politicians in France were making anti-Muslim rhetoric commonplace.

        So Brigadier Wanigasooriya’s forwarded message is nothing new in what’s happening around the world an eye opener to Sri Lankan on what’s to come.

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          In marketing a superior product will outlive inferior goods and services. Adopt or Die.

          “I was only sent to perfect noble character,” said Prophet Muhammed, (PBUH) declared as a “mercy to all the worlds.”

          The Prophet Muhammed, (PBUH) was born into this world on solar month of April 9th, 570, A.D. in the lunar month of Rabi’a al-Awwal, Thursday 17, 54 B.H. The religion of the Arabs at the time was a hodge podge of superstition, divination and idolatry.

          His overwhelming magnanimity of character led to a mass conversion among the citizens of Makkah. Even Abu Sufyan, his arch-enemy, embraced the religion of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him.

          In a period of twenty-three years Muhammed, (PBUH) had succeeded in uniting a feuding people trapped in cycles of violence into one people with a sense of destiny and a mission that would transform the world.

          He elevated the low, and he lowered the elevated that they might meet in that middle place known as brotherhood. He infused in them a love of learning, unleashing a creative power that would lead to some of the most extraordinary scientific breakthroughs in human history.

          Muslims feel so incredibly grateful and blessed to have come to know him and to learn from him. A day of our life has not gone by that we haven’t felt indebted to him for the wisdom he has given us in making sense of our life and our world.

          Every day our love for Muhammed, (PBUH) increases. Like the vast majority of my fellow believers across the world and through times, he is, indeed, the Beloved—the Praised One.

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      Send your memo to LTTE remnants who drove the Jaffna Muslim population into the ocean. No group can match terrorist Tamil Islamphobia. Not even the British. Congratulations!!!

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    Hey Guys, This is going to be issue soon for Muslims, Sometime we know its a strange thing for all of the Full Cover style, even for some Muslims feeling alien as there is no where said to cover like thins, however this Desert Style of dress to cover the Sand Storm. But it is now adopted to whole world. Muslims also confused over this…. but it dosnt mean that you buggers try to do anything, as you are going to fight againts 1.9 billion .. you are just 17 Million dumb people whom dosnt know who to run a small tiny island like this, how can you fight Jihad. Please think twice before taking any wrong steps, even USA cannot Win it… dont carried away by LTTE winning points … this is Diffrent my friend, your Uniform is just valid for SL only… Muslims have some Monsteres much dangerous that you ever think. Take care My friend Ruwan.

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      Rod,
      Can you please write in ‘English’.

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      [Edited out]

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      There will be a time not far away that the judge in the UK courts will be wearing burka…

      RT : Change of faith: Why young Brits turn from Christianity to Islam

      http://rt.com/news/muslims-uk-church-christianity-005/

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      ROD,

      JUST LEAVE MUSLIM WOMEN TO DECIDE WHAT THEY WEAR

      EVERY RELIGION HAS ITS RULES, WHICH ONE OS FREE TO OBEY OR DISOBEY AND FACE THE CONSEQUENCES

      HERE IS WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS:

      1 Timothy 2:9

      Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire,

      1 Corinthians 6:19-

      Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

      1 Timothy 2:9-10

      Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works.

      Proverbs 31:30

      Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

      1 Peter 3:3-4

      Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.

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    The burqa should be banned. Any clothing that covers the face should be banned.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-22811466

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      what’s most interesting here is that the same people who want the muslims to lose their rights are the same people quoting BBC/UK-based articles, while at the same time claiming heatedly that we arent a part of the Empire anymore and that we should not do what the West does…

      Fascinating how fluid you people’s morals are.

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    If a Burkha has to be removed, then all religious and other symbols have to be removed as well. This would also apply to armed forces, nurses, police and all those who wear uniforms when they are not on duty. Even wearing a dog tag by a soldier can be taken as a symbol. Is there no limit to the stupidity of these idiots!

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      ‘then all religious and other symbols have to be removed as well.’

      No they do not. This only applies to the covering of the face which causes uncertainty and fear in the onlooker as well as endless problems in schools, passport office, courts, airport, wherever facial Id is needed.

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        Negev,
        You are correct.

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          I know. It’s common sense but it is in very short supply!

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        To all you stupids,

        The face ID is not needed everywhere you go.We have seen women officers of the army at check-points, we have female bank-tellers. As and when required they could be asked to remove. No one has refused to do this anywhere.
        Not showing her face to the whole world is the personal right of all girls & women.

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          Lankaputhra, Let’s use a very simple test for this.
          Would I be allowed to appear in court wearing a mask concealing almost all of my face? Would I be allowed to even attempt to dictate the terms under which I would remove this mask?
          If I would not be allowed, then no one else should be.

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            To prove the identity / security reasons the face, head or even body search can be done. No one is saying no to this.

            In courts the identity can be confirmed by a lady security person, a lady lawyer, etc.,

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              Two questions for Sharia boy.

              Why should a Buddhist country have to go through all these antics to keep a small minority happy?

              This face covering only started a few years ago, everybody was content before that. What next? Four wives to be allowed for all Sri Lankan Muslims just because Islam allows it?

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            Puswella, u r a senseless person. It is good to write your opinion, but think before leap. u doesn’t make any sense.

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              You will have to be more specific than that in your criticism otherwise I will be unable to respond. The ‘four wives’ comment was to illustrate a principle not to predict the future.

              Cordially,

              Puswella

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              correct Pusewella if the budist follow the teaching of Buddah their wont be any problem, haw many budist go to temple on poya days, haw many of us go to dhaham pasal you can see small kids and retired old seeyas and grand mothers at the temple.
              Do budist know the full teaching of Buddah … No No No instead we are good to have Parties and kassippu, first lets correct us and then find fault on others. don’t try to be Isso..

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            YOUR KING IS ALWAYS IN A MASK

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        If a Buddhist monk has to be given a seat even in a court of law after laying a white sheet, why cannot a muslim women cover her head. If the judiciary is so inclined to see her face, which I think is correct, then they should appoint a women judge to handle the case and she can remove her cover and show her true self.

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          Whenever I stand at a bus halt or sit next to a man or woman at a hospital, it is my right to know who sit or stand next to me. I want to identify the person aftermath of something in case. How naive for one to say “they should appoint a women judge to handle the case”.

          This is the problem with Muslims everywhere. They always think they alone are right and want to be treated special. Leave out any rights Muslims impose jizya or poll-tax for kufrs (non-believers)in Muslim majority countries. Islam is a curse to this world.

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            The so called right to see ANOTHER PERSONS FACE against A PERSONS RIGHT TO COVER HER OWN BODY / FACE. Which right is greater ?

            How many people have we sat next to in our live in common places. can we ever remember these people. What difference does it make to see a face and not to see a face of the person seated next to you.

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            Ha Ha I know why so that you can squeeze the tits ,isn’t that right?

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            Now you are telling that you have right to see somebody’s face, later you will tell I have right to see a women’s …. What kind of stupid logic you idiot.

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            I am sure you have some different motive to see the face of the person sitting next to you…

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        Agreed. The full ninja face covering thing is silly and a judge has every right to ask the woman to uncover her face while giving evidence. But what all minorities have to remember is that Goat and the RajaPoxsas are upto no good. Their agenda is to discredit the minorities and win the support of the Sinhala Buddhists and the closet racists. Christians, Hindus and Muslims need to support each other…you might think you are Sri Lankan etc. but in the eyes of the Mahavamsa Sinhala Buddhists you all are non Sinhalese and non Buddhists. To them Sri Lankan = Sinhala Buddhist.
        If there is another 83 riots, which is a very big possibility the Muslims will probably be the main target, or they could target all minorities. Don’t ever underestimate what the RajaPoxsas are willing to do to stay in power. After the war victory, Chinas support and spineless Manmohan in India, the Goat and his family think they are invincible and they have been thumbing their noses at India for some time now. Hopefully that will change next year if Narendra Modi wins. Megalomania destroyed Hitler, Prabahakaran, Saddam, Gaddafi and most other despots…and one day it will destroy the RajaPoxsas too.

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      What about the saffron robes worn by Buddhist monks? Also of religious significance. They get paid more attention than anyone else, with even the President, police officers and judges prostrating before them. Not thinking that hey are also normal people like any of us. Born sinners according to their own philosophy, but get the most respect and attention. This is a craazy world.

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        Its nothing to do with respect or with saffron robes or even the covering of the head, it is to do with the burqa and niqab which cover the face.
        If I wore a mask covering my face, could I get my passport photo or be treated in a hospital?
        In the Muslim country of Tunisia even the headscarf was banned in 2006. (The ban was lifted in 2011). I am referring to covering the face alone.

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          In Muslim majority Turkey burqa or niqab is banned even today.

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            That is true. Most non-Muslim nations are grappling with this problem of the face being hidden. The Muslim minority have no right to impose this sight on others. It’s not even a Koranic requirement. Do we have to have special female Muslim judges, dentists, hairdressers etc just to please them?

            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24158041

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              female judges – Not really necessary.identity can be proven by any other lady acceptable to court.
              Dentists – you have to open your mouth, so there is no need for veil. A Muslim lady is suppose to go to a female gynecologist. should go to a male only when a female is not available.
              hairdresser – There is no hair dressing for muslim women as such. this is not like having a baby so she will have to go only to a female to do the hair.

              Yes there are schools of thought about the face covering. But if a lady wants to wear it as her personal right, then there is little you can do.

              we are living in a world where people are demanding the right to be naked..

              As per Christian and Jewsish teachings looking at the opposite sex is suppose to be lustful. I am sure this is the same case with Buddhism too. ( open for correction). The face veil was a tradition even among Jews and Christians.

              JUST THINK…….
              Touching another person without the persons permission – is it moral – NO
              Listening to another persons talk without permission – is it moral – NO
              trying to smell another person without permission – is it moral – NO
              Tasting someone or something without the owners permission – is it moral – NO
              Looking at a person without that persons permission – is it moral ??

              Tempting others to look at you without permission – is it moral ???

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              To add to what you said,What if a cop on the beat wants to check the identity of a person under a veil. We aready had a bank robber attempting to rob a bank under the veil.
              Initially they were covering their heads with Sari and no one objected.Then they covered with scarf, no one objected. Then they came out with the bat uniform,there were few murmurs but no real objection.
              But now for the full face mask there is wide spread objection and that too with reason. If they are sensible they should listen, for this makes them vulnerable if some nasty lot decides to abuse it.

              Going on the opposite,what if a religion which claims dress is haram!are we to tolerate that as religious freedom too!

              Mind you there is already a sect of a such religion in India and I remember a womwan priest was loafing aound in the birthday suit and some of her deciples were holding bedsheets around her.

              Every thing has to have its limits. Bottom line.

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            Who told you idiot. Stupid like BBS leader

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            Hay Sharia Boy, Did PUBH Muhammad got permission from his many a slave concubine before he screwed them. Did he not advice his followers to beat their wives who refuse to sleep with them at anytime they want.

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              He had wives only.

              He advised his follower not to beat wives.

              He never hit any female, and he used to say that the best of men are those who do not hit their wives. In one Hadith he expressed his extreme repulsion from this behavior and said, “How does anyone of you beat his wife as he beats the stallion camel and then embrace (sleep with) her?” (Al-Bukhari, English Translation, vol. 8, Hadith 68, pp. 42-43)

              “According to Quran the relationship between the husband and wife should be based on mutual love and kindness. Allah says: “And among His Signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that ye may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts): verily in that are Signs for those who reflect.” (Quran: Ar-Rum 21)

              The Holy Quran urges husbands to treat their wives with kindness. (In the event of a family dispute, Quran exhorts the husband to treat his wife kindly and not to overlook her positive aspects). Allah Almighty says: “Live with them on a footing of kindness and equity. If ye take a dislike to them it may be that ye dislike a thing, and Allah brings about through it a great deal of good.” (Quran: An-Nisaa 19)

              It is important that a wife recognizes the authority of her husband in the house. He is the head of the household, and she is supposed to listen to him. But the husband should also use his authority with respect and kindness towards his wife. If there arises any disagreement or dispute among them, then it should be resolved in a peaceful manner. Spouses should seek the counsel of their elders and other respectable family members and friends to batch up the rift and solve the differences.

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        At least the head scarf covers fully, the saffron robe covers only parts of the body and we get the free show of hairy bodies.

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      Park, you are the one who is being a stupid idiot. The issue is about covering the head and face when using the Burkha, thereby concealing identity. It is not an issue about uniforms.

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        Sammy,
        In Islam all are not equal. Believers (Muslims) are the best of the people and unbelievers (kufrs) are like vile animals. So, the Koran command Muslim to fight unbelievers until they are either dead, converted to Islam, or in a permanent state of subjugation under Muslim domination.

        No wonder Muslims can only think to twist and turn anything and everything to their advantage.

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          Islamophobic tendencies can have serious effects on the mental capacity of a person as they believe the filthy lies about Islam and Muslims.

          We may see someone who happens to be the brightest and smartest of all, yet he can’t see the truth let alone follow it. At the same time, we may find someone who is not bright at all, yet he is guided to the light of Islam. This shows us that whoever depends on his wit and intellect, he will be misguided. That is why, I feel sorry for those atheists or agnostics who doubt the existence of Allah and the perfection of this universe. They chose not to be guided due to their arrogance. We thank Allah for guiding us to the truth and may Allah make us steadfast on it till we die.

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            Yes, that’s the fundamentalist Islamic attitude. You are either with us or against us. We scream about how misunderstood we are but we demand to live, dress, behave in any way we want. We want to spread mosques, schools etc in non-Muslim nations but we will not allow other religions to be practiced at all in Muslim nations. If there is any opposition to us we will cry out ‘discrimination’ because we are hypocrites. And the Sufis who are moderate, peaceloving, non-violent Muslims – we will call them apostates and not Muslims at all.

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              Either one is in denial or never visited a Muslim country and experienced their hospitality. Muslim do not claim to be perfect, however the message of Islam is. Wonder why one wants to impose restrictions on ones attire? So what if Masjids, Temples, Churches and other places of worship are built. The demand/supply market forces will eliminate the excess due to cost of maintenance. Muslims should refrain from identifying with labels rather Islam spells out the criteria of a Muslim.

              To Muslims, the evidences of the existence of a creator are beyond count. It is so obvious and so clear to anyone who is objective. However, there are few who may be bright and witty yet their intellect had failed them. The arrogant feel like they are on the top of a mountain, wondering how small and tiny others look, as if they were ants. The funny thing is that this is exactly how others perceive them; small and tiny! Allah asked two questions that puzzled all atheists: were you created by no one or did you create yourself? Don’t let your pride choke you.

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    Human evolution – from being stark naked to fully covered! We are a cursedly unique species, aren’t we? Nature didn’t even give us fur. We spend so much money on clothes. We even fight over whether to be fully covered or go half naked.

    Animals are happy as nature created them – naked: They are not oversexed; can you imagine the homo-sapiens going fully naked – the whole world will come to a stand still with big fights for women!

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      Thiru, not a case of adapting thru evolution, since if that is the case, we still have monkeys, chimps and Apes born naked and stay naked and dike naked. For Homo Sapiens like us, it starts with our birth, born naked, and then wrapped up for life. Man was born with an option of choice and intelligence, whereas animals have no choice to decide, like in what’s good or bad, but have intuition inherent in their genes.

      Muslim women cover themselves not to intimidate the Sinhalese, but to satisfy a religious call, to protect themselves from prying eyes, and protect others from committing sin by being so attractive as to make them take lusty looks and making men feeling horny. Men are created that way, and the femininity of women can sometimes become a real turn-on, an awakening or sensual arousal. So how to guard against that? The solution is the full cover dress, and best is with face cover, just exposing the eyes only. They (Muslims both men and women) in addition must shift their gaze down in the presence of each other as strangers or even relations, but not at all necessary between say husband and wife, son and mother, father and daughter, etc. The intent is a good cause, but as usual they (Sinhalese Buddhist people) know place no value on such dress codes, and thus feel threatened or Islamophobic.

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        Sorry I have nothing against Muslim women’s dress code: That’s their religious right. I am thinking aloud about our species – a wretched lot – isn’t it? They never stop having brutal wars. I have never heard about animals fighting wars!

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          ‘I have never heard about animals fighting wars!’

          Surely you have heard of the Tigers?!

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      Or a big stampede away from women! We, both men and women are not the most attractive naked.

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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        Speak for yourself Doc!!

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        KiliyoPetta was so attractive with and sans the tuxedos.

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      .. For women ah…

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        Aadhivaasi Aththo

        I suppose you speak Mundari, a language spoken by South Indian Adhivasi people.

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    By mentioning that ‘We are not alone..’, he confirms his complications with recent anti-Muslim activities of BBS and others. It is a bad mindset. The President and Defence Secretary have the moral responsibility to remove him from the post if they want to show to the world that what they said in public recently about the safety of the Muslims in Sri Lanka were what they really meant. However, I have the least hope that it would ever happen in Sri Lanka.

    In the meantime, I would not blame the UK Judge for asking that lady to show her face in courts. Non-Muslim women close their body in Saudi Arabia with abaya. No court in Saudi Arabia would ever allow a non-Muslim lady to appear without abaya. If that lady is so religious, why did she choose to appear at a non-Shariya court? If she was wearing it only as a Muslim fashion cloth, then no harm in removing it and it is not necessary to attach a religious tag to it.

    I feel sad to see people using this kind of petty issues to create unrest in Sri Lanka under the pretext of human rights and equality.

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      Will tomorrow the Vatican or the Church of England come for a discussion with the Muslims as to the suitableness of the religions and decide either way.
      Muslims are always ready, but the others are not. Because all will have to be Muslims.

      We should not forget that Islam is correct, the most suited and a Universal religion.

      Free thinking humans have changed God’s word to such an extent that now they are confused to identify what is God’s word and what is Human ideas. ( Eg. a gay vatican,). Islam has been safe so far ( Though there may be politicized version).

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    SL should get down the Mossad once again and teach these extremists a lesson to remember.

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      Recently one had gone to temple trees to buy some cigarettes….

      And have you forgotten who pays your salary…

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      Flukeshima, Mossad will eat away the Sinhala kernel and fling away the other shells.

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      I REMEMBER SLEEPING [Edited out]

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    I know this is highly irrelevant ro our country SL, but in some of the ME countries I’ve traveled with my family (ladies full face covered), we are afforded special privileges. No queues to stand in and processed very fast by native women themselves, like at immigration (embarking and disembarking), Supermarket checkout counters etc. They afford premium value on them for their commitment to abide by the religious call. Whereas we don’t expect such special treatment, not here, not anywhere. But it shows you when you stick to the rules as laid down by God, then He makes the world come to your feet. We have experienced it in so many instances.

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      those are muslim countries. this is a sinhalese buddhist country and you will not be given red carpet treatment.

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        cyril

        “this is a sinhalese buddhist country and you will not be given red carpet treatment.”

        When did this island become a Sinhala/Buddhist country?

        Go, find it in Mars.

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          Dear Vannielaththo,Bear with us for saying this,it is now a sinhala Buddhist majority country whether the natives like it or not.
          What the Sinhala Buddhists are trying is to prevent it from becoming ‘sharia’ country where you won’t even be allowed claim this as your country!

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            NAK

            “Dear Vannielaththo,Bear with us for saying this,it is now a sinhala Buddhist majority country whether the natives like it or not.”

            And you are proud being a Sinhala/Buddhist having contributed to the single largest percentage (75%) of stupid people.

            “What the Sinhala Buddhists are trying is to prevent it from becoming ‘sharia’ country where you won’t even be allowed claim this as your country!”

            My immediate and main problem is Sinhala/Tamil stupid peoples. Once you leave this island Sharia will follow you.

            Please stop worrying about my people.

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          vadda,

          [Edited out]

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            cyril

            “vadda,[Edited out]”

            What?

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    The military spokesman should confine his activities to being a military spokesman not dabbling in racism and religon. Who is he to dictate terms and shape foreign policy. He should shave his head and join Gandasara and Co.

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    this goni billa suit should be banned and if found wearing this goni billa suit, they should be fined heavily. Muslims have become a bloody nuisance now. bAlla followers with long beards should also be shot dead

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      How about showing dirty armpits in public?

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        The sicking out maize silk, a jungle infested with Raccoons and Bears etc.

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    Dear Brigadier please keep your wife daughter and entire your community without even a single cloth, but don’t interfere in others dress code or their culture, we know the way your wife and associates dress and socialize keep enjoying the way you like. do your job in the right war according to the Oath you have taken.

    this is good for your health.

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    The issue is more than face covering – remember Halal food, destroying mosques, etc.

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    COLOMBO TELEGRAPH IS FIGHTING FOR MUSLIMS BECAUSE THAT PAVES THE WAY FOR CHRISTIANS.

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      You speak from the other end. That is now clear to everyone.

      If you study them well – CT is the only platform we the dissidents to this brutal regime can exchange our views on the current situation.

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    In the same logic everyone should be naked wait a minute! makes sense since Ruwan’s ancestors (who he may mistalenly think were from India) the Veddah’s used to be in their birthday suits.

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    Never mind about the Veddah’s in their birthday suit.So men and women veddah’s saw each other in birthday suits.
    Perhaps as the years went by they became a little bit civilized and had a few leaves wound around them or only in the front.After all they lived amongst trees and there would not be a shortage of leaves.

    But – I am confused.
    What was Native Veddas religion then?.

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      hannah.rajaratnam

      After watching Tarzan (Max Muller)films, did you believe that all Africans were white who swing from one tree to the next, speaking animal language?

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      How do you mate buddy, isn’t it suitably in Veddah style?

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      How brutish it is, you fetish about the Native Veddah without a vine-in-waist condition? Montana, tell me you admire the old Shaman, isn’t it?

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      We are sorry, the comment language is English – CT

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      When I was a kid, I remember very well that most Vedda near Mahiyangana wore no cloths.

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    The issue here is Ruwan Wanigasooriya should not have used his office to share this information. As a Military spokesman his mandate is not to discuss civil matters. We are not a Military Junta yet, officially.
    If we don’t like the way the Muslims dress in public, we can act as France did and Quebec plans to do. Burning Mosques and unleashing BBS et al is not the answer. Then again, our communities have lived side by side forever, who care how anyone dress. Btw, Those Kandyan folks, dress differently, address parents, grand parents differently, will they be next ? just asking ? Let’s all calm down. Our nation can include all.

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      Vishvajith, matters are far more complicated than this. The point is that face covering is a new and frightening phenomenon (not just for children). Nobody objects to the covering of the head (up-country Tamil women have covered their heads for generations).

      As others have said, masking the face only started after Sri Lankan Muslims working in the Middle East came under the influence of the kind of fundamentalist Wahabi Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia. Since then there has been an increase in the use of the burqa. There has also been an increase in the number of religious schools and mosques. These schools (madrasas) provide totally free education but they include strict Wahabi Islam. Poor Muslims, especially in the East, send their children to these schools and one cannot blame them for this. The parents have no idea about what their children are being brainwashed with. Fundamentalists want to take over moderate Islam in Sri Lanka in a way that refuses all compromise and reasonableness. They want an exclusive ‘this or nothing’ approach. There is also the missionary organisation Tabligh Jamaat who are focusing on bringing all Muslims to their way of thinking. Moderate and brave Muslim writers such as Imtiyaz Razak and Ameer Ali have themselves referred to these events.

      The idiots who govern this country have ignored all this because these ‘new’ Muslims were virulently anti-Tamil and that was useful during the war. Now they are seeing the results of their short-sightedness.

      In fact a similar phenomenon has been seen with the Christians. For years there was no conflict between Christians and Buddhists, and that despite the Church’s avowed goal of converting the non-Christian population. In the Eighties, Christian evangelical churches started setting up shop in Sri Lanka in a big way funded by US and other Western evangelical churches. Some of them got BOI status so that they could pretend to be companies doing business in Sri Lanka. They are now planting churches in every village, determined to convert everyone. Christians from the main established churches have not been spared their attention but their main focus has been on Hindus and Buddhists.
      See http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2012/09/30/hindu-community-faces-new-religious-threat/

      The Government tried to stop them with anti-conversion laws and by refusing permission for new churches to be started. Both of these measures were stopped by US pressure from Bush and since then from Obama.

      Is it any wonder then that violent organisations like the BBS and Sinhala Ravaya arise? I don’t defend them, they should be banned but so should the organisations and issues that caused their birth.

      As usual the Government has found that they can use the BBS for their purposes and they are not bothered about the damage that they cause.

      I don’t see any solution to these problems in the future.

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        This is the age of communication. A strong believer cannot be converted by any means. Faith is so sacred that one does not have to reveal it publicly. Only a weak belief system and or a weak believer could be manipulated, forced and would consider to leave his/her faith and sort refuge in another. No Legislation would prevent the heart to seek the truth and to practice it. It all boils down to the tenets of each faith. The practice of ones faith should be left alone to choose as one pleases and the rest should learn to respect that choice.

        Those who follow the true Message of Islam are known as MUSLIMS. Wahabi, Sufi, and some others are misnomers. In the Islamic history Wahabi, Sufi, and some others were mere Schools of Thought. All these Schools of Thought had only a perspective or an interpretation according to their understanding. Long after the Death of these Scholars; the followers created their own version with their political masters. Some of these groups have strayed away completely from the Core Values of Islam. While some others who identify themselves by any other than Muslim, will be representing these political entities and their leaders interest to control wealth and power. Some of these leaders will ties up with the Devil. Muslims have a specific purpose in Life on earth. Most of them know it and pursue to the best of their ability.

        The basic message of Islam is the same message of all the previous prophets (peace be upon all of them) worship God alone and avoid worshipping anything besides Him, whether it is a person, place or thing, directly or indirectly. This basic principle of Monotheism is contained in the opening chapter of the Quran, known as Surah al-Fathiha, verse 4: “You alone we worship and from you alone we do seek help.” In (4:37), Allah also said: “Worship Allah and do not associate partners with Him.” The last Prophet (PBUH) is reported to have said: Anyone who says: ‘There is no god worthy of worship except Allah’ and dies holding that belief sincerely will be eventually granted paradise.

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      Where on earth did BBS kill any man or woman for being a Muslim or a Hindu or a Christian? None. But I can give you many instances with places and dates that Wahhabi Muslim Jihadis and thugs perpetrating crimes against people including killing for because they have being Sufi Muslims.

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    Hi Native Veddah,

    The quesion was – what was the religion of the Native Veddahs of Sri Lanka at the time budhism was introdued to them sri Lankans.

    I didn’t have to see Tarzan – I know what color they are -‘Black is Beautiful’ I have visited Africa,I suppose you saw Tarzan and ?

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    Dear Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya

    It is the quality of the debate not the content of the debate that is the problem. Of course any democratic society should have an informed debate on what is and what is not acceptable in that society.

    If you read the article you sent you will see that the following

    “Judge Peter Murphy concluded that a female defendant would be allowed to attend court whilst wearing the Islamic face covering but would not be permitted to take the witness stand unless she removed it.”

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    “Judge Murphy also laid down the gauntlet to Parliament and the higher courts to provide a “definitive statement” on Muslim dress codes “

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    “That is not a discrimination against religion. It is a matter of upholding the rule of law in a democratic society,”

    Would you not agree that this if very different to the present discourse in Sri Lanka where thugs in robes call Muslim women “goni billa”, attack mosques with impunity, deliver incendiary public speeches?

    Best

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      The business of War is just like any other industry. It provides employment and huge sums of money made on buying weapons with tax payers contribution. What better way to secure ones position by fanning the flames of distrust within the communities. A win-win arrangement to increase the forth coming defence budget.

      If wealth is the secret to happiness, then the rich should be dancing in the street. But only poor kids do that.

      If power ensures security, then officials should walk unguarded. But those who live simply, sleep soundly.

      If beauty and fame bring ideal relationships, then celebrities should have the best marriages.

      Live simply. Walk humbly & always be thankful to ALLAH.

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    does a pregnant muslim woman go to a gynecologist with the her face covered for examination and demand the gynecologist not to uncover below?

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    You guys sure you want faces to be hidden?

    ‘Some of the attackers were reportedly dressed in hijabs, and it is unclear whether they were men or women’
    from the bbc report on the Nairobi massacre today

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