20 October, 2020

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Sri Lanka’s Leadership And The Attacks On Churches

By Fr. Sarath Iddamalgoda

Fr. Sarath Iddamalgoda

Fr. Sarath Iddamalgoda

The Sri Lankan Constitution and other laws and policies and the UN declaration on human rights protect religious freedom. The Sri Lankan Constitution states, “Every person is entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including the freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice”. The Constitution gives a citizen, “the right either by himself or in association with others, and either in public or in private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice, or teaching”.  The UN declaration of human rights states, “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance”.

The reason media reports suggest that there is escalation of violence and attacks on Churches in Sri Lankan highlighting the abuses of religious freedom in Sri Lanka. Any action that is utilized to limit the ‘freedom of thought, conscience and religion’ is an infringement of the constitution of the country. Clearly, the attacks carried on the Churches are not just the violation of the constitution that allows religious freedom but also are a violation of human rights as well.

It must be noted that the Constitution accords Buddhism the “foremost place” and commits the government to protecting it, but does not recognize it as the state religion. However, it is widely noted that apparent motive of attack of the Churches and places of worships of minority religions in Sri Lanka is to safeguard the primacy of Buddhism. Buddha himself noted “May all being be happy minded and may their hearts be wholesome”.  Such action of the concentrated group of people of fanatic devotion is not only highlights the crudeness of their religiosity but undermines and betrays teachings of their master.

Anyone who is in touch with the current situation in the country would know that this is not the first time that the Christian Churches come under attacks. Dozens of such incidents have taken place and were reported in the media over the past few years. The attacks on the Muslim places worship are also widespread. In a democracy, the rights of the minorities whether religious or racial must be respected and guaranteed. In Sri Lanka we should all realize that the country cannot afford to get more fragmented or divided. Unfortunately, in many occasion such violence has gone unnoticed and have been deliberately been ignored by the authorities on whose hand lay the responsibility of protecting the every right of a citizen. One wonders why the Ministry of Defense has failed to protect the freedom of the citizens guaranteed by the constitution.  Therefore, one is prompted to grapple with the question whether the law enforcement authorities are affirming and encouraging the unruly behavior of such fanatics or are the authorities  manipulating these fanatic groups to undermine democracy to their advantage?  Doesn’t it demonstrate that in this “failed democracy”, there is no respect for law and order?

If any of these Churches has done wrong deliberately offending the religious sentiments or values of the parties concerned, lawful ways should be sought to address the issue. No one has the right to take the laws into their hands. Doing anything what law does not permit them to beyond the law of the land would mean taking law into their hands. The process of dialogue and negotiation should be the norm that has to be followed in promoting peace, reconciliation and inter-faith and harmonies living.

I too as a member of a Christian denomination have disagreements with some of these Christian fundamentalist groups especially with those who have roots in the US. The social and political implications of their doctrine are not favorable to the emancipation of the oppressed and the poor but they only create a submissive and docile mind in their faithful.

However I do not hesitate to stand on their behalf in defense of their basic and human rights. I am reminded of the saying, “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it”. Finally it must be said that the magnanimity of the country’s leadership is judged not by the announcements made from the political platforms but by the way the citizens are treated, especially those living in disadvantageous social conditions.

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    This attack is bad but nothing compared to Islamic Jihad attacks.

    e.g. Beruwala 2009 where 2 mosques were totally burned down and 15 people were killed.

    Suspected were never arrested!!

    Now another (these are daily occurrences in some countries).

    “Six people have been killed and a further 51 injured in a blast at a Pakistan seminary on Thursday night. Thousands of people had been gathered at the Christian religious school in Peshawar. Further reports indicate that two more people may have died, but the deaths are as yet unconfirmed.”

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      Dear
      Could you please give us the clear information that in Beruwala two mosques were burned and 15 people were killed?

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        Beruwala,
        Lust click ‘beruwala mosque attack’ on google.
        I just did.
        All infornmation and videos are there.

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        The CULTURE OF IMPUNITY cultivated by the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime is the ROOT CAUSE for ATTACKS on MINORITY religious communities, WAR CRIMES, and shooting of innocents in Weliweriya.
        The JARAPASSA regime has COMMAND RESPONSIBILITY for all these crimes .
        The evidence of Gotabaya Rajapakse setting up, funding, and in patronizing the Balu Sena headquarters in Thummulla is there for all to see.
        The Rajapakse brothers’ military dictatorship is using saffron thugs and giving Buddhism a bad name to attack the minorities and DIVIDE, DISTRACT and RULE the Sinhalaya Modayas as it consolidates the corrupt Jarapassa MILITARY DICTATORSHIP.

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        No any attacks on established churches like Catholic church but only those US NGO funded terrorist churches who are up to mischief & provocation, & this may continue so long as those so called “churches” misbehave.

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      The is no Jihad attacks and never been any in Sri Lanka you Fukshit. So you racist pig just because you don’t know your father just taking a Muslim like name does not give you any right to speak about Muslims.

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      There is no Jihad attacks and never been any in Sri Lanka you Fukshit. So you racist pig just because you don’t know your father just taking a Muslim like name does not give you any right to speak about Muslims.

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      Fatima Fuk time out!
      We all know that your patron Gotabaya Rajapaksa has COMMAND RESPONSIBILITY for the attacks on mosques and churches at this time. We also know that you are here to DIVIDE and DISTRACT Sinhalaya Modayas on GOta the goon’s instructions.
      Of course, the Muslim Leadership are abysmal cowards and have not brought a single court case against the Rajapaksa mobs of Saffron Thugs. Rauf Hakeem is the scum of the earth.
      Nor has the UNP dead in the water opposition that also suffered Saffron attacks. The Dead Leftist Vasu so called Minister of Social Integration is Dead and the Bill he promised to bring on the Prevention of Hate Speech and Incitement to racial and religious violence buries, but Civil Society must draft and present such a bill as a private Members Bill in the Parliament of Corrupt clowns.
      Hope the Christians make sure that the saffron criminals are tried in open court and put behind bars. Justice must take its course and the CULTURE OF IMPUNITY MUST BE BROKEN. These saffron mobs are the equivalent of the 1983 riot attackers of Tamil homes and businesses.

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      Those involved the in Beruwela incidents were immediately taken into custody and cases have been filed against them. What has this issue got to do with the attack on the Churcches. If the the culprits in these two incidents have behave unlawfully and violently does it mean others too can. It is not sensible to divert a particular issue citing another which is unconnected.

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    “Every person is entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including the freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice”.”

    Christian Church is ABUSING AND EXPLOITING THE DEMOCRACY.

    In the name of religion, Christian church is causing disharmony in the society.

    for example, the DEMOCRACY IS A WESTERN – ROMAN CONCEPT. What east believes is LIVE AND LET LIVE. That concept does not go with the christian church which believes that the god is the ultimate and god exploit and control everybody. So does the church.

    Church thuinks only their god and only their religion is the ONLY TRUE FAITH and do not let others live in their world.

    that is where the FRICTION IS, THE MENTALITY OF THE CHURCH. CHURCH HAS TO STOP IT’S AGGRESSIVE AND EXPLOITATIVE BEHAVIOUR.

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      Correct SOFT Dick, but where you are wrong is when the monks and laymen took the law in to their own hands to attack the churches, as well as other religious places of worship !

      If you don’t understand the difference, pls stop writing to CT and replace your brain with that of a bull’s !

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      Jim Softy!
      Has any Buddhist temple been attacked in any Christian country?
      Christians and their churches have been attacked by Muslims where they are the majority.
      Un- Buddhist priests lead attacks on other religious places in SL and Myanmar.
      We know that Christian church killed their own men when they wrote or said anything that went against its religion in the middle age. Now in a lot of European countries people are becoming either atheists or pay little attention to religion.In another hundred years nobody would believe the world was created by the Almighty God or Allah.
      The BBS Sinhal Rawaya and Rawana Balaya are the real enemies of the Lord Buddha’s teachings.Jim Softy! you are also one of them.

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        punchisingho ,

        Fast growing religion in the world is ISLAM……and it’s more and more in EUROPE and USA. What you think about this???? And already there are around 1.6 Billion muslims all over the world.

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          Alan!
          You say Islam is growing fast.I don’t know it is true or not. If it is true it is, not because of your religion Islam is the best religion but because men can get married to 4 women and father many children.
          There is another reason. if a non Muslim lady gets married to a Muslim she has to become a Muslim. She is never allowed to practise her religion she ofollowed until her marriage,
          One more reason.Muslims give priority to sexual intercourse and as a result.Birth control is anathema to them.it is always the Muslim male who takes decisions.Wives just have to obey.
          If I am wrong please present facts.

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            punchisingho ,

            I hope your knowledge is weak….And you should read the scriptures to know about religion not in the media. There are many logical reasons why Islam allows to marry 4 wives. But how many Muslims have 4 wives out of 1.6 billion? What is the %?

            The problem is when you need an answer for something about Islam you try to find out in the anti Islamic web sites……So you will never get the logical answer.

            When i want to know about Buddhism i don’t read what monks says, i try to find out from the real teaching of load Buddha. Same when i want any answer from Christianity i never follow the Catholic church because i know church is a politics. I try my best to find out from the scriptures.

            For example Bible clearly says Christians should not have pork but church allow them to eat.

            It’s very simple not rocket science.

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            No punchisingho,
            thefacts I realized sofar- whereever Islam is there, illteracy is very high: Pakistan,Bangaladesh,Morocco and other north african countries; significant masses among female population cant read and write. This means they have to run their life always depending on their men. Females are like slaves for them. I know myself from some northafro folks, that 6 out 10 cant read and write. But they argue that their female relatives are well informed about everything. Fanatism is common in such societies. This has become their tradition for the years. And they dont have school every corner of their coutnries either. Most of them have no chance to go to school.
            Even medical graduates from those islamic countries argue that pork eating should be strictly avoid, while no constructive arguments they bring about why? In those earlier days where no refridigarators available,people got sick easily due to the fact that pork get quickly rotten than any other type of meats. That has lot to do with the pork meat structure compared to other meats. It is common with islam, that their adherents are made scared by some restrictions made within their regligion. They are fear of anything that their religion forbidden, though some go aginast when they are in Europe or mixing with other culture. Like northafricans I met in Europe are much worst than any other non islamic nations when it goes to do thing like consumption of alcocohol, drugs or any STICKLY forbidden things under islam. Even if Islam is a good religion as any other religions, but how they many practise is give it a bad image.

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              Punchieki,

              There are many non-Muslim countries also still literacy level is very low. Example in India. it’s very closer to us.
              Islam strictly advice about educational important. Under Islamic era Muslims were much educated than other societies. You should go back to the History to know the fact.

              Regarding of eating Pork you don’t need to get answer from Muslims there are many Logical answers given with reason from Christian preaches. You may google it you will find it.

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          Alan, for you this looks like a competition to be first. For the majority of the world it is about living, and who is the fastest growing is unimportant and irrelevant. Arrogance and ignorance go hand in hand and takes us nowhere.

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            Wickramasiri,

            It is not a competition really. I just answer for the question of punchisingho that’s all.
            My opinion is when you want to follow any religion you should follow the real scriptures not the people who preach nor you may ignore the religion still you can live as good human being. But insulting any religion unless you know the real fact and logical answers and Racism is bad.

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        Being on a christian predominant nation, I can gurantee you, no.

        It is just buddhists are the tiniest minorities on the west. Some become buddhists not knowing much but just because they consider it as the greatest philosophy that is close with science.
        But I have heard, they would not support some hindu sects.
        Also the fact is most consider buddhism not a reglion but a new life style. Many use Buddha statues as show room or the like decorative items. Not long ago, buddhas protraits were unfortunately seen also on citgarette packets, red light areas and the related places that earn no respect.

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        Punchi siGnor modaya:

        Which country you are talking about.

        IS BUDDHISM AN ARROGANT, SAYING THEY ARE THE only TRUE FAITH, AND INTRUSIVE INTO OTHER CULTURES ?

        JUST USE YOUR BRAIN.

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          Those who are on covert mission, would not see it beyond.
          Srilanka in the name of Buddhism today is sending a message across the world to be very intolerant tto this. Some western tourists that held the country as their second paradise is becoming one another to compare with the destinations like Egypt, Tunisia or the like. Some even compare fully it with those of Myanmar where not many were allowed to travel earlier.

          So long unhearted, biased shenanigans like you there, rulers tactics will have their stand – in the same time, nothing will help doing to get the country back to normal levels.

          Today, the rulers as some commentators repeatedly say, fully ignore when it goes with law and order issues for single reason that rulers aims are to keep their vote base healthy, no matter them being harmed by not practising proper menchanisms safeguarding their basic human rights. If the power greedy men focus only to grab the universal franchise of the poor, by any means. Their only focus has been to win the election one behind the other, showing them DEVELOPMENT. Rural folks have zero knowledge about how their younger generations would face the life in the future. They have no idea, how unbearable loans taken from the current gundas be influend on their children. Now it is proved that everyone born is counted with a credit of 0.3mio (rupees). Alone to gap up only the annual interests for those loans are proved to be significantly higher than the annaul income that through exports,foreign labor, tourism and the other ways flow to the country. So economists predict the situation would not be nice as the stupid rulers boast, things will become worst to the folks in the years to come.

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        Punchisingho, Agree with you. Whilst Buddhists attack christian churches the affected christian priests tell their flock to forgive the attackers and turn the other cheek! History has made them more buddhistlike whilst buddhists are regressing to primitive christianity! Time Buddhists wake up.

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      JimSofty ,

      What Sinhala Buddhist culture do you have in Sri Lanka?

      Your educational system all designed by Church
      Your dress system for men and women designed by church
      Your day to day life all you are adopting to church designed culture…….BUT YOU ARE SAYING YOU ARE SINHALA BBS RACIST BUDDHIST.
      You only go to temple once in a while to become a Buddhist. But day to day life you are christian…

      WHY DONT YOU ALL GO TO CHURCH AND PRAY WEEKLY. Because you are all basically following church designed life……..WHERE IS YOUR BUDDHISM MY FRIEND????? Only attacking churches and Mosques?????

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        ALAN THE MUSLIM:

        WELL, BUDDHISTS ARE NOT EXTREMIST AS MUSLIMS ARE.

        BUDDHISTS ALWAYS THE MIDDLE PATH.

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          JimSofty ,

          I agree with you. Sri Lankan Muslims are not Racist too. But BBS are Racist that you know very well.

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    I SINCERELY HOPE CT ALLOWS MY COMMENT TO STAY AT THE TOP. EVEN THOUGH I WRITE, I SEE ALWAYS CT PUSHED DOWN MY COMMENT TO THE BOTTOM.

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      Bottom is too good for you for the place and thinking deserve a place to flush down from the bottom.

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      @CT,
      Please encourage people like JimSofty to express their hatred using their pens, please put their comments at front or give them what ever favor they ask.
      If they couldn’t release their hatred in CT, they might take MANNA PIHIYA again and make another black July-201x which would make whole country suffer for another 30 years..
      Anura

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    So this is Sri Lanka in the Buddhist Era 2558 and we have a continuing plague of religious persecution to replace the ethnic war that ended in bloodshed and recrimination. In does not look like the present government has the slightest inclination to restore law and order and prosecute the miscreants that pursue their evil agenda throughout the land. The truth is that NONE of the mainstream political leaders, mindful of the 70% Sinhala-Buddhist vote, will make a stand. The only notable politician to make a statement, rising above the deafening silence, has been Mr Karu Jayasuriya as Chairman of the UNP leadership council. The continuing apathy of the president and his ministers has provided the sprouting evil organisations with an incentive to continue their attacks with ever increasing levels of damage and violence. Our Sinhala-Buddhist armed, security and police forces will not intervene. The outlook is grim. Sri Lanka, and Sri Lankan Buddhism stands naked and exposed to a watching world.

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      Yes, this is Buddhist land. These so-called churches are hymie devices to dupe the poor ignoramuses for a sarong or Rs.50. They come to the “church” for that.

      All foreign hymie agents who come as Assembly of God, Seventh Day Adventists and Jeehowah’s Witness are CIA hymie fronts, with nothing to do with true Christianity.

      We have the Catholic and even the Anglican lot (started by Henry the 8th!) if anyone wants to follow Christ.

      These evangelicals [Edited out]

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        Rattaran

        “Yes, this is Buddhist land.”

        Buddha was the last Buddhists.

        What are you on about?

        “These so-called churches are hymie devices to dupe the poor ignoramuses for a sarong or Rs.50. They come to the “church” for that.”

        Sinhala/Buddhist MR visits Hymie country and had kosher food with its leaders.

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    (One wonders why the Ministry of Defense has failed to protect the freedom of the citizens guaranteed by the constitution. )

    The attacks are the work of the Defence Secretary. Then how one could wonder why the Ministry of Defense does not want to protect the freedom of religion guaranteed by the constitution.

    Therefore, one is prompted to grapple with the question whether the law enforcement authorities are affirming and encouraging the unruly behavior of such fanatics or are the authorities manipulating these fanatic groups to undermine democracy to their advantage?

    OF COURSE THEY ARE

    Doesn’t it demonstrate that in this “failed democracy”, there is no respect for law and order?

    SURE, SRI LANKA IS A FAILED DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY.

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    In the fifties & sixties,I saw villagers falling down and worshipping buddhist monks by the wayside,in rural south lanka.
    The monks were revered as they really behaved as laid down by the Buddha.
    They performed Pindapatha at least weekly.
    I too visited them in temples and was awed by their behaviour and charisma – like the hindu “swamys” who visited households during the Kathirgamam Pilgrimage season,along the east coast from Elephant Pass to Damana,adjacent to Kumbukkan Oya (boundary between EP & SP at Yala on the south side).
    This does not happen now.
    Now the monks have lost all respect due to their behaviour.
    The buddhist laity are attracted towards,and turn to,the christian proselytisers who treat them as equals,as human beings,help them with their problems – financial & otherwise – and naturally choose the way of life they offer.
    If the monks revert to the way of life laid down by the Buddha,they will gain followers.
    Attacking churches and mosques is damaging their image daily, more & more.
    The leaders of the Sangha should correct them.

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    Dear Fr. Iddamalgoda,

    For sometime, it appears to many of us, the days when we settled
    contentious issues peacefully – by polite debate and discussion is long past under the rule of the Rajapapakes. It is now the State-aided diktat of the thug, the drug-trafficker and the religious bigot. The country is subject to a period of violent and divisive upheavals where, in most cases, the Police remain numb and as mere bystanders. Let us pray we will soon overcome this dark period in the recent history of this plural land.

    Senguttuvan

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    Where are all the other Christian priests? We like to hear priests from other churches too condemn the attack on churches.Why hasn’t the Cardinals,Archbishops,the Bishops the Anglican church, the Methodist Synod condemn this type of activity committed by these
    mad and lunatic monks. Are these monks real monks or thugs parading as monks?.What is interesting is that only the Evangelical churches are being targeted.Does it mean that these lunatic monks have been instructed to attack only these churches and not the mainstream churches?.If so who is giving the instructions? Is this the reason why other mainstream churches are silent lest they be attacked too?.
    The question that the Christian priests should ask is – What would Jesus do in these circumstances?.

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      “You are My witnesses”, says the Lord.(Isaiah.43)Bible.

      Why then, are the witnesses silent?

      ‘Silence in the face of evil is itself evil.Not to speak is to speak.
      Not to act is to act’ – Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

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        it is just because they are old srilankens (sinhalese).

        See, when BBS or the like minded segments not once serveral times, vandalize the pvt properties, with Police remain numb and as mere bystanders, all other highly respected malwathu nayaka or other prelates stay dead silent; is similar to the reaction of other Bishops in the aftermath of Hikkaduwa attacks by violent monks to those churches.

        Me as one looking at this being out of the country, I feel people (average) have made indifferent to this day. They have no guts to stand against any crimes. MR administration has made them intimidated by all means.

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          applogies:
          it is just they are all sinhalese.

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      Leon ,

      Read the Bible old testament and new Testament if you want to understand it……Catholic church is Lying…..

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    Christian Churches support LTTE criminals. Catholic/Christian priests involved directly in bank robberies. One such bank robber Fr.Anton Sinnarasa(Now he is Anton Phillip) is living in Canada.

    A container of LTTE propaganda materials was intercepted in Colombo when it was addressed to the same Anton Phillip in Canada.

    Vatican and Elizabeth never ask pardon for the atrocities their forces committed against Hindus and Buddhists. Former Pope Retzinger a NAZI, cried the Buddhism and Hinduism are not religions at all.

    Desert religion never respect Indian religions because of the teachings are not about money making!

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      “Desert religion never respect Indian religions because of the teachings are not about money making”

      How do you then explain MR and brothers bleeding dry of the country? Their ways of making money congruous with the Indian religions I take it?

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        Destruction of LTTE cannot make any money for Rajapakses but Catholic/Christian churches lost their incomes from the LTTE morons.

        Catholic Church built a new church worth crores in Uruthira puram after the LTTE vanished. The same catholic morons blame the governemnt for the suffering of the Vanni people. Why did not those catholic morons spend the money for the people?

        Further CARITAS built new homes to the LTTE morons in Jaffna.

        You first explain about the bank robberies of Catholic/Christian churches in Jaffna and their partnership with LTTE smuggler criminals! You Tamil guys never open your mouths against the Catholic Church of criminals because of the looting partnership.

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          I asked you to explain about MR and brothers bleeding the country dry; you responded with LTTE antics that finished in May 2009! In effect you have no answers have you?

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    no matter how people look but that incident in south ,all monks acted like thugs and very unethical manner even drugs dealers or criminal will never act like. these guys are not the monk who follow the teaching of great lord buddha and they are really insulting to entire human dignity and civilized world.when people look what is going on the country while police was wanting to see,it was happen and why not call help from more police and arrest all these animals????????????????????????

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    Fr. Sarath Iddamalgoda lives in a fantasy world. As a constitutional expert I know that with removal of article 29 from teh 1948 constitution, teh religious freedom exercised by non-Buddhist religions came to an end.
    Your Sinhala constitution of 1972 an d 1978 are both Buddhocratic constitutions and they have absolutely no guarantee for religions other than Buddhism.

    Your Cradinal Malcom Ranjith, Sinhala aristocratic marriage brokers Bishop Oswald Gomes and Neil Karuanaratne and the host of other racially motivated Sinhala Catholic clergy must open their eyes wide.

    With their anti-Tamil bickering they have been stoking the flame of Sinhala-Buddhist extremism.

    Muthiah

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    The time has come to rise against the odds not with true realigns believers the one who behind the robe destroying country image, like those two rotten Christian or Catholic (Tamil) monks. they are LTTE agents who has given instructions by LTTE diaspora sesame oil gang this issue of propagating false statement to International paid agents, must be prosecuted otherwise people take low in to their hand.

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    [Edited out]

    We are sorry, the comment language is English – CT

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      poor guy cant articulate in English

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        better not to insult.

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      Poor Baboon!Try masterbation; use a photo of gnanasara!

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    I’m still figuring out how were christianity and catholicism came to sri lanka.. I think both were came very peaceful manner, so no one were able notice that such religions are existing to date. Only this event light up the clan…

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      They came behind the Portuguese, Dutch and English soldiers. The soldiers held the swords and guns, while the missionaries and priests came with the Bible in one hand and money bags in the other. They named us Peraras, Fernandos, Silvas, Sanders, Shakespears, Martins etc. They made us avid monkeys, who learned to mimic them, without understanding the valuable elements in their culture and forsaking the essence of our own culture. We have retained and imbibed the worst of both the east and the west, and are paying the price today.

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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        So, whose fault is it if we chose to take the worst aspects of both cultures? And if we are aware of having done so, the remedy is simple – get rid of those unhealthy aspects and return to the ‘valuable elements’ of our culture.

        Also, if the Europeans did not come with their Christianity the Indians would have over-run us. Thank God, we were spared that ultimate misfortune.

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          The ‘ South Indian’ is firmly embedded in each one of us, although we pretend otherwise!

          Dr.RN

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    The SL leadership is playing deaf and dumb to all these theatrics by these culprits who are also their cohorts. They have failed miserably to uphold the scales of justice and fairness, towards all citizens under its care and governance. All minorities have a right to be given all protection from any majority attacks, and any breaches of this rule should be met swiftly and effectively to prevent any repeats. Instead, when left unchecked, leaves room for doubts and lack of trust, which will only exacerbate the problems. Very soon, we will see them taking on their own masters. We seem to have already witnessed their first salvo with the Prime Minister’s alleged drug import scandal, where the intimidation and threats almost dismantled his position. Apparently there are approx. 500,000 Buddhist monks already in the country, and this is quite a force to be reckoned with. Is history getting ready to repeat itself, I wonder?

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    Attacking the wrong…………
    Where are the Roman Catholics? Whern are they going to target Rayappu joseph and Savundranayakan who are promoting a Catholic eelam in the north worshipping the Sun Goat ahead of Jesus Christ.

    These are mercenaries in missionary clothing.
    Northern Catholic Clergy along with Iddamalgodas, Shelton reids, Firths, Manatungas,and several leading Anglicans including Chikeras, illangasinghans all pursue a different agendas.

    These are not men of Jesus Christ, they are followers of the church of the Sun goat of which the head is S.J.Emmanuel.

    Damage to Sri Lanka are from the Sri Lanka born Roman Catholic Clergy. They attempting create Matyrs out of us practicing Catholics.

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    Maybe, just maybe, these churches in question should stop trying to convert Buddhists?

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      Maybe, just maybe, the Buddha should have stayed in Kapilavastu and Mahinda should have stayed in India.

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        And maybe, just maybe, someone can actually prove that God exists instead of spouting Bronze Age fairy tales?

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    @Fathima Fukushima Berulla between Muslim dont worry about that, but Church & Mosque attacked by Buddisht Monk can not accept here.Every religion having freedom to practice their own as per law but Mr President trying to get 72% Buddist vote by using BBS & putting Minority. This happening according to Myanmar 969

    The Bodu Bala Sena = Myanmar 969

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      Wahabis are already in SL and working WITH the Rajafucksas to purify Islam faith.

      In the process non Wahabi Muslims may suffer which is normal as in Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, etc. SL is no exception to the tide of Wahabi true Islam spread.

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    Catholics should be reminded of the horrendous crimes they did in the Crusade, in Africa, in India, etc.

    Portuguese legacy of violence, plunder and mass murder is not forgotten.

    Did I forget about eh Inquisition!

    That is the worst ever crimes done by the name of religion!!

    Don’t throw stones hiding in glass houses. – Rajafucksa the Great

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      Inquisitions that Fukushima mentioned were really toned down names for mass murder by the Catholic Church. Catholic Padres like Iddamalgoda and co had been covering up their ancestors, Francision and Dominican missionaries cruel murder by highlighting Buddhist opposition to immoral and dirty tactic by Christian evangelists. But this type of finger pointing is nothing new. We have seen it throughout the rule of British Raj.

      Fr. Iddamalgoda may have forgotton but we remember verywell that Inquisition was first founded during what was known as the Albigensian heresies in 1232 with Christians killing Christians. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed because their Christianity did not agree with the official dogma. At the Council of Lerida in 1237, inquisition was formally placed under the authority of the Dominicans and the Franciscans. Perhaps I must mention here that these are the priestly clique that later came to Sri Lanka with the Portuguese to pursue their deadly tactics for almost 450 years.

      Fr. Iddamalgoda should know that in 1252, Pope Innocent IV had decreed that all secular rulers must arrest and execute all non-Catholic Christians. No wonder Iddamalgoda says, “I too as a member of a Christian denomination have disagreements with some of these Christian fundamentalist groups ….” But what have Iddamalgoda’s ancestors done when they had disagreements with fellow Christians?

      It is estimated that at least ten million people could have been murdered throughout the said Inquisitions. But in 1908, the Inquisition came to be known simply as the “Holy Office.” Vatican had mastered the art of deceiving people since. And, Pope Paul VI reorganized Holy Office and renamed it as ‘Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith’ in 1965. perhaps Iddamalgoda is just following suit.

      Somehow, not in every case the said victims were executed, some were sent to a lifetime imprisonment in dark cold dungeons. Those convicted to death by burning, in contrast, had to dress in a special heresy cloak, wearing a heresy hat which resemble a bishop’s miter in shape. Often the victims’ tongues were cut off with red-hot pincers before they were tied to the stake, a measure both to prevent and to punish blasphemy of the Lord. The dress up and the torture was said to be to save the victims soul in other words to send it to heaven.

      As and when opportunities cropped up; Protestant rulers and Clergy too installed their own inquisitions. There were very many killings under Protestants heresies too. Among the most well known Protestant version of heresy in the sixteenth century was the killing of a Spanish physician named, Michael Servetus. When Servetus was running for his life from Catholic inquisition exterminators in Spain, he was seized by the henchmen of famous Protestant “Reformer” John Calvin in Switzerland. After the usual torture, John Calvin and his clique finally, burned Servetus to death at the stake in Geneva, Switzerland. Do you know even today, there are Calvin churches in Sri Lanka with that name?

      Can the Bible “the word of God,” and Christians “moral?” What do you think of the Iddamalgoda discribed HR violations by Buddhist monks when compared to acts by his predessors?

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        Thousands of Hindus and Buddhists were killed under their notorious inquisitions in GOA.

        The royal families of Jaffna were also killed in GOA. Tamil donkeys who support the nasty Catholic morons, must stop their nonsense of supporting Vatican which tried a catholic Eelam but failed.

        LTTE arrested many Tamils and killed them in the way of inquisions and NAZIS. Rayappu and many Catholic priests were leading many killings and kidnappings!

        Banada, you did a good work!

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        Banda,
        We are talking of what is happening now – not what happened in less enlightened times. And anyway what happened before does not excuse what is happening today – in the 21st century, in 2014.

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          The Catholic church and their sheep are STILL living in less enlightened times.

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        Banda, Your argument would be valid if we were living in the time of the inquisition. The catholics, protestants, and others readily admit that the inquisition should not have happened. Thousands of books have been written condemning the inquisition, by the Christians themselves. The atrocities of the Portuguese, Dutch and the English are also well recorded and is part of our history. So Banda, are you saying that due to this historical injustice Buddhist action in destroying churches and mosques is justified? That we must look the other way? Or, are you saying we must have our own Buddhist inquisition? No Buddhist who is a follower of the Buddha’s word can agree. Those who are Buddhists in name only, will agree with you. Buddhism is not something we fight for, it is something we become. When we become Buddhist we cannot be violent. Violence cannot be justified as some do by saying we are human and and weak.Buddhism is for the inhuman/subhuman and the weak to become human/superhuman and strong.

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          Wickramasiri, I have read many an explanation or rather justification by famous Catholic Padres on why Franciscan and Dominican missionaries took to heresy like gruesome acts in their pursuit to save souls of Buddhists and Hindus in Sri Lanka. I mean early Catholic missionaries said to have watched gleefully the torture, the killing and maiming of those that refused to forsake Buddhism and Hinduism. They expected those that were being tortured to plead the God at least at their last breath. Pursuit of the maniac missionaries was to save souls of everyone. Just like their brethren who administered killings inquisitions, these Franciscans missionary maniacs also believed that those who die as Catholics would go to heaven and all others to eternal hell. To them, even killings are acceptable so long as souls can be sent to be with the God.

          Does Wickramasiri know that Msgr. W. L. A. Don Peter justifies the fanatics’ ‘uncompromising’ behaviour in a unique way; he blame not the fanatics but their interpretation of the Bible. In his write-up, Father Peter insists that we should understand the logic behind the proceedings by Francis Xavier and likeminded fanatics. To justify all but mad actions by the fanatical clique, Msgr. Peter’s logic has been to blame the interpretation of the Bible. It all happened, Fr, Peter says, because they were convinced of the uniqueness of Christianity as the only revealed and true religion.

          My question is would not the present day Franciscans, I mean the American backed evangelists that the monks objected think the same way?

          The fact that Msgr. Peter wants us to appreciate the logic behind historical fanaticism of missionaries such as Franciscans, Dominicans, Jesuits and etc is a good enough proof for their evil acts. At the Council of Lérida in 1237, Dominicans and the Franciscans were officially assigned in charge of all the murders carried out by way of inquisitions. If that is the case then Franciscans are not just bigots but are out right murderers. Yet, Catholic Church has made them to be saints.

          As for me, I would identify the then missionaries and the present day evangelists are two sides of the same coin. The difference in the new type is they carry fistful of dollars in their right hand instead of the sword of their predecessors to carry on their immoral conversions. That’s why village people and monks are against them.

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          Wickramasiri, fred, M.Sivananthan,

          Part of Banda’s comment (January 17, 2014 at 11:37 pm) above is copied from a comment made by Leela (April 5, 2013 at 9:18 am) and the link is as follows:

          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/we-must-not-retaliate-against-those-perpetrate-violence-against-us-christians/

          You should congratulate Banda.

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      …don`t switch on the lights whilst undressing, more appropriate where
      our Emperor is concerned?

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    This type article is well overdue. I have been writing about this very subject both on Groundviews and on CT for many years. My point always has been that giving the foremost place to Buddhism in the constitution and the state’s duty to protect Buddhism has far-reaching consequences to the inter-religious and race-relations in the fabric of the Sri Lankan Scotties. When this clause was first introduced back in 1972, there was a limited protest from the Tamil polity but many felt that it was innocuous; the intention of the people who advocated and fostered such a clause is insidious. There is no way such a lopsided constitution can strike a balance in such a vital issue as religious freedom. In my view, giving prominence to Buddhism and religious freedom are mutually exclusive!

    When a Buddha statue was placed at the centre of Trinco town overnight with overt support of the military, the local Tamils vehemently protested. The local courts ruled it was illegal and in congruous with Attorney General of the day. But the hardline Buddhists filed a fundamental rights petition to the High Court. The Chief Justice lent on Attorney General to withdraw his directive to remove the statue; thus, the statue still stands! In my interpretation, the clause in the constitution was implicitly applied. People in the rest of the country did not think very much of this episode as it did not affect them until the issue came close to home in Colombo and affecting the Sinhala Christians. It is unfathomable that people seldom associate the constitutional protection of Buddhism is behind these type episodes; such destructive clause emboldens the Sinhala Buddhist Chauvinists; this is why the police are powerless!

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      Buddhism is better for Hindus who are majority among Tamils. You better convert back to Hinduism.

      Catholic morons built so many churches during the LTTE rule. Many Churches sprang up in places where Hindus are majority.

      LTTE simply killed Hindu priests.

      Your Tamil liberation is not needed to Hindus of Sri lanka.

      Hindus will pray at any Vihara where Buddha and Vishnu are there.

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        You fool get your head straight; I am am Tamil Hindu and one who respect the concept of religious freedom! Who are you to decide as to which religion is best for who?

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          But S.J Emmanuel decides what you follow. Dont you feel shame to hang on with Catholic criminal morons?

          Religious freedom is not a subject in DESERT RELIGIONS.

          Only Hinduism and Buddhism have the freedom.

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    Fr. Sarath. In most countries there is a sort of implicit understanding that the constitution is to be flouted in the interests of self. The same goes for laws, rules, regulations, procedures, protocols, conventions and traditions. This is the situation of the world today and nothing can be done to bring us back to a time when these things mattered.

    The question therefore is what we can do to bring about a better situation. I have no answer. Have you?

    The Kaliyuga is well and truly upon us now.

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    since we are triply blessed we can do anything ! LOL

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    leadership? what leadership?
    you mean lack of leadership?
    if there is any leadership by now the so called leaders would have condemned this act .

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    Some have forgotten Islamic terror against Buddhists in destroying Bahamian Buddhist temples.

    Although it is good from a Muslim point of view it is very bad from a Buddhist point of view.

    BBS is Buddhist Taliban.

    Anyway SL Muslims are Hindus. Their faith is not true Islam. SL has a corrupted version of Islam with some funny practices. SL Islam needs purification soon from Wahab sects which are coming in plane loads. Say goodbye to non-Wahabi Islam versions in the island. They will be history like the Makavansa.

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    Best way to avoid common crimes today´s country would be reenforcement of law and order as it should be in any good kind of democracies. Constituent parties of the coalition should thoroughly be advised to work on that rather than supporting any of their shenanigans. Today, high profile crimes, drug dealings, whole sale alchole frauds are being carried out by the support of ruling party men than any others from the opposition – latter is a fact. Denials cant bring nothing. Topleadership should wholeheartedly work on the issues wholeheartedly. But the dillemal problem is whether people can expect do the job of Engineer to be fullfiled by a carpentor ? Only wayout would be work on the LAW AND ORDER issue giving the highest priority to this.

    Why the govt would not raise the question of law and order is connected with probablity of loss of their power from the pradeseeya saba to parliament. If rulers would work with opposition on the great issue, that would take some time, people can keep much hopes on their future. I really dont think personalities like RW would deny in such issues. Nor would anyone with good mind oppose to this.
    Lately, I happened to read somewhere on the forum, that one commentator argues about the numbers of life losses between 2009-2005 should be much less than that of between 1980 – 2009. This is very right. Here we should also focus on war related and non-war related life losses. War related life losses such as deaths of soldiers, combatants or sometimes civilians on boarder villagers should not be contained in today´s counts because we are in a non-war situation since 2009. However, the figures in terms non-war related CRIME issues – they have gone up rapidly since 2009. This they the authorities will be subjected to explain to the IC, in the upcoming session of UNHRC, in MARCH.

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    In Asia, Africa, and Latin America, CHRISTIANIRY IS A RELIGION.

    IN NORTH AMERICA IT IS A BUSINESS ENTERPRISE. recently Church priests established a trade union.

    In the mean while, united nations QUESTIONED VATICAN ABOUT HIDING SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN ALL OVER THE WORLD.

    THAT IS THE RELIGION OR WHAT EVER THAT IDDAMALGODA IS HALLUCINATED WITH.

    ALL BECAUSE OF IGNORANCE.

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    When reading the various articles by people who are so angry with the way this country is being governed by the Rajapakse clan and their servile hangers on,why should one be surprise.Is this not the way the majority of human beings behave now and have behaved in the past.Man cannot come out of their sinful nature on their own strength or ability.Minorities all over the world have been second class and discriminated against from the time humans came to this world.In Srilanka discriminate against the the Tamils and Muslims and other minorities.In India the Hindus discriminate against the Muslims,Sikhs and Christians.When the British empire ruled the waves the whites discriminated against the natives,in America the whites brought the blacks as slaves.
    The majority will always be nice to the minority as long as they are not challenged and are always prepared to be submissive and do not ask for their rights.If a minority group or individual stand for their rights or wants to be treated equal then the shackles of the majority starts to rise.How dare they,is how the majority respond.
    Though in every other area of materialism,scientific achievement,pleasure, leisure,medicine, construction etc.the world is advancing tremendously, the nature of human beings has not changed from the time of Adam and Eve.Man deep inside is still evil.The majority wants to rule and subjugate the minority. They think the minority are lesser human beings.They treat animals better than fellow humans.Leaders come to power and rule countries by putting fear into the majority that the minorities are secretly planning to overthrow them. So always be suspicious of them. They rule through fear and division.We can write, debate and argue, but the ststus quo will never change unless the sin nature in man is destroyed and a new man appears.
    If the present minorities in Srilanka be it the Tamils or Muslims or any other were the majority they would do the same thing to the Sinhala minority. It is not that one ethnic or racial group is better than the other, this is the nature of the sinful human race

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    Corrections please.

    In 8th line : In Srilanka the Sinhalese

    In 3rd line : surprised

    below : status quo

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    Truth is Christian used war and tsunami for converte Buddhist and Hindus without Shem. 30000 gods see this evil drama and start to punishment. even USA cannot stop this massive power of powefull goads. pry for modi….he will help…..

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    A group of United Church ministers in Ontario has joined Canada’s largest private-sector union.

    Clergy have launched Unifaith, a community chapter of Unifor, which has more than 300,000 members.

    ‘The institutional church was not able to do much for us.’
    – Rev. Jim Evans
    “A large number of colleagues are aware of issues of workplace bullying, isolation and desolation for those serving in their vocation. This has been an ongoing concern for us for many years now,” said Rev. Jim Evans, Unifaith’s interim president. “We’ve looked at various ways to address what could happen in terms of advocacy and professional development for those who are indeed in desperate circumstances.”

    According to Evans, he and volunteers from the United Church have spent a decade educating colleagues in self-care and social unionism, communicating with church people across the country, and researching concerns regarding benefits, pensions, church closures and other issues.

    “The institutional church was not able to do much for us,” Evans said. “They could pray for us, but in terms of providing effective, approved accountability to uphold the values and policies of safety and job security and protecting [us] … from workplace violence and harassment, it was very limited.”

    Nora Sanders, the general secretary of the United Church of Canada, said church membership has declined by about 20 per cent since 2004 and that between 50 and 60 churches are closing every year. All of that is affecting job security for the clergy.

    “So I suspect the issues this group has raised are part of a bigger picture that’s under review in our church right now, of our structures and how we do our work to make sure our resources are focused on the work of faith,” she said.

    Community chapter, not a local

    The new national faith workers association was formed under the Unifor banner but is not a local. Instead, it’s a community chapter.

    On its website, Unifor describes community chapters as “a new form of union membership that aims to reach out to groups of workers that are generally excluded from union membership.”

    Potential groups may include those in workplaces where organizing campaigns have not yet succeeded; workers in precarious jobs; unemployed workers; students and any other group of workers hoping to improve their economic and social conditions.

    Community chapter members still pay dues: a minimum of $5 a month for “non-waged members” and a $10 minimum for waged members.

    The Unifaith movement is a national initiative with members across Canada.

    “To be in solidarity with our clergy brothers and sisters is an opportunity for us to do something that is going to change those realities,” Evans said of the problems clergy face in the church.

    No strikes

    Community chapters don’t negotiate collective bargaining agreements with any employer. Evans said there is no chance of a strike at any time.

    Evans said “part of the goal” is to get enough members to sign union cards to be certified under labour legislation to negotiate collective agreements with the United Church.

    “Many would joke about clergy marching around churches. That’s not an approach we would take,” Evans said. “We work with our congregation. We serve our congregation. Our employment is with the United Church of Canada.”

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