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The Next Pandora’s Box

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Lies are believed amongst every race; And was any race ever the sole possessor of Truth?” – Abdallah al-Mar’arri (973-1057)[i]

When Martin Wickremesinghe’s Bhavatharanaya was first published, some Sinhala-Buddhists (lay and ordained) wanted it banned for ‘insulting’ the Buddha.

There are American Evangelicals who think that Harry Potter books should be prohibited for promoting anti-Christian values.

The Rajapaksa Index will allow the Galagoda-Atte Gnanasara types of every religion to peddle their own noxious, intolerant views without fear of contradiction

The BJP student union thrashed the Head of the History Department at Delhi University for including a critical essay on Ramayana by AK Ramanujan[ii] in the BA (Hons) curriculum; they said the essay offended Hindu sensibilities.

A group of Islamist lawyers in Egypttried to get the Tales from the Thousand and One Nights banned for promoting ‘sin’[iii].

Imagine a country where the fundamentalists of all four faiths are allowed by the state to ban any book they consider offensive to their various religions. Imagine a country where bigoted monks/clerics have a monopoly on deciding what the people should read and write, see and hear, accept and enjoy.

If the latest Rajapaksa scheme bears fruit,Sri Lanka will become that country.

In 1559, Pope Paul IV published the first List of Prohibited Books (the Pauline Index) with over 538 authors on it. The Index Librorum Prohibitorum was continuously renewed, until it was abolished in 1966, as part of the Vatican II[iv].

Now Sri Lanka’s Ruling Siblings are planning to introduce their own Index Librorum Prohibitorum. The Rajapaksa Index promises to be a far more restrictive document than even the Pauline Index, because it proposes to include any and every publication considered offensive by Sri Lanka’s four major religions. “The Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs Ministry is to introduce a new law seeking action against publications, either in print or online, that defames the original teachings and traditions of the major religions, officials said”[v]. A bill to establish a ‘Buddhist Publications Regulatory Board’ is already with the AG. Once that bill is through, “another law will be introduced to deal with publications that are contrary to the original teachings of other religions”[vi].

In his intervention at the 2012 UN Conference on Culture of Peace and Non-violence, Wole Soyinka warned, “…the science fiction archetype of the mad scientist who craves to dominate the world has been replaced by the mad cleric who can only conceive of the world in his own image”[vii].Sri Lanka is to do one better. Here three power-obsessed Siblings are planning to further their dynastic project by giving free rein to ‘mad clerics’ of every faith. The resultant ‘religious-correctness’ will be used to strengthen autocracy by permeating society with anti-democratic values and an intolerant ethos.

Despots, across the world and throughout history, have tried to infantilise their people. When a leader becomes not the First Citizen but the all-knowing, all-seeing Father of the nation, the people are automatically transformed from adults into children. In a dictator’s world, he is the sole adult; everyone else is a minor. As the nation’s patriarch, he has the right and the responsibility to decide what his ‘children’ should be allowed to read/write/speak/see/hear/think, to ensure that they are not morally corrupted and politically led astray. The despot’s world is a dark version of Neverland where the people rot in an eternal political-childhood.

Fundamentalist religion can be particularly useful in effecting this infantilising of a nation.

So if the Rajapaksas have their index, they will be able to take another giant leap towards the Sri Lanka of their dreams, a place where critical analysis is criminalised, critical faculties are paralysed and dissent is sinful; an ‘Obedient Land’ peopled by ‘Good Subjects’, juvenile-adults habituated into seeing, hearing and believing whatever they are told to, by their rulers.

Mind-Control and Political Power

The Pauline Index was partly a response two historical events – the Protestant Reformation and the introduction of the printing press. It was an attempt by an embattled papacy to silence dissent and regain societal and psychological control.

As the specific inclusion of the internet indicates, the proposed introduction of religious-censorship is an inalienable component of the larger Rajapaksa project to control and shape information flows to Lankans. The private media are largely tamed; the internet is the final frontier in the Rajapaksa journey towards total familial rule. Once the Rajapaksa Index becomes the law, the Siblings will be able to establish total control over the actual and virtual mediascape, behind a banner of piety and religious-correctness.

Religion and heresy are symbiotic twins. It is this unbreakable nexus which creates religious schisms. So Buddhism is Theravada-Buddhism and Mahayana-Buddhism; Christianity is Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox; Islam is Sunni and Shia. Plus many sub-sects. These schisms happened because there is no agreement about what the ‘original teachings and traditions’ of a religion are, amongst the faithful. It is due to these irreconcilably different interpretations of the same religion that the faithful kill/persecute others of their own faith.

Will the Buddhist Religious-Police (the Buddhist Publications Regulatory Board) decide that Sinhala-Buddhists must not have access to some/all non-Theravada Buddhist texts? That would be easier to implement because the non-Theravada strands were suppressed when King Parakramabahu I forced Abhayagiriya and Jenthavanaya to submit to the authority of the Mahaviharaya in 1165. According W Karu Peiris, former Programme Officer of National Heritage Commission, “By the 7th Century AD Abhayagiriya complex consisted of four ‘MULAS’ or institutions of education…. Abhayagiriya developed into a well-organised non-orthodox religious education centre which had relations with foreign countries…. The Abhayagiriya students studied both Mahayana and Theravada doctrines….”[viii] The suppression of non-Theravada strands of Buddhism was so complete, that the myth that Lanka was, is and will always be the sole property of Theravada-Buddhism by the wish of the Buddha and the agency of the Gods became and remains the dominant ‘truth’.

The Lankan Theravadists managed to achieve the dream of every religious fundamentalist – impose their version on their land and eradicate all alternative interpretations. The various Christian and Muslim sects were not so successful[ix]. Lanka has Catholic and non-Catholic Christians and Sunni and Shia Muslims. So how will the composition of Christian/Islamic ‘Publications Regulatory Board’ be determined? Who will decide whose version of Christianity or Islam represents the “original teachings and traditions”? Who will join the Rajapaksa Index, Martin Luther or Ignatius of Loyola? What will happen when Sunnis demand the ban of Shia books and vice versa? And the fundamentalists insist that various works of literature/philosophy/science they consider anti-religious must be forbidden?

The Rajapaksa Index will allow the Galagoda-Atte Gnanasara types of every religion to peddle their own noxious, intolerant views without fear of contradiction. Freedom of expression will be dead. It will also add one more layer of bloody intolerance to an already violence-ridden land, by causing an explosion of intra-religious conflicts. .

Is it that the Rajapaksas are unaware of the deadly nature of their latest madness? Or are they deliberately planning to ignite intra-religious conflicts (just as they are igniting inter-religious conflicts)? If the fear of ethno-religious ‘Other’ preoccupies the Sinhala-Buddhist mind and heresy obsesses the Christian/Muslim/Hindu mind, Lankans will be too busy attacking each other to challenge Rajapaksa rule.

Is the planned introduction of religious censorship yet another measure of divide and rule, Rajapaksa-style?


[i] Quoted in Doubt: A History by Jennifer Hecht. Al-Ma’arri was an Arabic poet well known for his religious skepticism.

[ii] Three Hundred Ramayans: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation.

[iii] Fortunately Egyptian intellectuals successfully fought against this inanely bigoted demand http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2010/05/05/107772.html

[iv] Even in the 1960’s the Catholic Church’s Legion of Decency was able to dictate toHollywood about what was ‘morally’ acceptable and what was not. The Legion of Decency of course said/did nothing about the rampant clerical child abuse.

[vi] Ibid

[viii] “The higher ordination of Buddhist nuns in China was done by nuns of Abhayagiriya…. In 8th Century AD there was a branch of Abhayagiriya in Java, built by Sinhala monks of the Abhayagiriya complex. The King of Kashmir and his family came to Abhayagiriya and learned Buddhism….” http://www.lankayoursnmine.com/NTGL/PDF/Exam%20Paper%20I/Archaeological%20Monuments/Mr.Karu%20Peiris%20-%20Monument%20-%20Abhayagiri%20Vihara%20complex.pdf.

In his introduction to Rapial Tennakoon’s Wavuluwa (The Narrative of the Bat), Munidasa Kumartunga argues that the victory of the Theravada tradition had a devastating effect on the creative arts and capacities of ancient Lanka: “Due to the insanities of those who developed erroneous notions of the Philosophy (i.e. Buddhism – TG) arts and music left our land. The great books of Abhayagiriya and Jethawana traditions were burnt to make room for the desiccated preachings of Mahavihara. The erotic poetic gems of Sakdamala and Asakdamala went into hiding, probably because they felt ashamed of the obscenities contained in some religious tomes” (p.40; translation mine).

[ix] There are non-Wahabi Muslims even inSaudi Arabia, that archetype of religious fundamentalism and intolerance.

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    I am shocked that the Balu Sena monk is tolerated even by lowly people like you know who. Any Sri Lankan of, reasonable breeding will run a mile when you listen to this man’s( I refuse to believe he is a proper priest, I do believe his hathara kendare is messed up though) atrocious vocabulary!!!!

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      Leelage Appa@,

      He has a record of criminal deeds. The pseudo monk dared in an interview with Derana lately, that sometimes, he has to get on with IRCs in our society, as if all criminal acts he had made 10 years ago, being in red robes, just admitting by today^s lanken society. Anyone with sanity would easily understand that the man in red robes is a multi criminal with higher aggressive potential. Look, how his hate speeches sound ” ow yako api enawa thamai yako”…. when did we the buddhists of this country were compelled to tolerate the acts of this kind of disastrous monks. So called lecturers stand by him for any form of hatred activities should long have been banned in SL by ministry of Defence, of course if they the powerful (so called) secretary of defence has a brain the size of a needle head.

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        What Sri Lanka needs is a Bill on the Prevention to Incitement of Religious and ethnic hatred – modeled on the British Bill – and not this rubbish about defaming religions…

        The ignorant, uneducated loutish Rajapassa regime has not got a concept about multiculturalism and protecting cultural diversity and pluralism.

        It is the responsibility of the Minister for Social Integration to draft a Against Hate Speech with Civil Society and opposition groups..

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          Don@,
          in a discussion round with Ms Pillay next week, SLGO has to respond to dozens of questions next week. International press will telecast all these to the world. I am bit optimistic that her trip can move Rajapske at least some extent to the good. To me, none of the ministries today in the country seem to be alert on any issues regardless them being minor or major.. even if people are killed, nothing would work in favour of the nation – they all stay as if President commanded not to react accordingly. For what purpose they have been paid then for ? European leaders would not even go to open any huge development projects as the leader of the nation, but this man travels to across the country to abuse the nation further. How much funds of the tax payers are being wasted by his this kind of travels within the country…? Does Indian Premier do the same in that large continent ? MR intention is to stay in power for eternal period – as 85 year Mugabe of Zimbabwe has been.

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          Christian Crusade wars and Islamic conquests are based on what ?

          they still fight crusades and conquests ?

          don’t they ?

          first two major political religions should stop exploitation of the world for their dominance. Those two alone has killed so many millions than both of the world wars.

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        Guys,
        Gnanasara type people exists everywhere in the world, it is not uncommon.
        What make Siri Lanka different from rest of the world is HOW Siri Lankan chief monks and Gov tops handle this situation.

        When Malwatte Chief monk accepts Merc Benz type presents from SL president, we are fools if we expect any better than this from both of these parties.
        Anura

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      “Oh Allah, count the Buddhists and the Hindus one by one. Oh Allah, count them and kill them to the very last one.”

      Source: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/adelaide-mosque-preacher-sheikh-sharif-hussein-directs-fury-at-at-buddhists-hindus-howard-and-obama/story-fni6uo1m-1226701605335

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        If you are a Buddhist you would believe , that Allah, god or any one else can not kill you, because you are a Buddhist. Lord Buddha was a man . But a very wise one. Knowledge you can get from books but, wisdom you have to cultivate mind fully. So you will live and die by your own deeds.
        No one in the history of the world has seen god Allah or heaven and hell. But look around you you can see hell and heaven. By the way you can achieve certain heights, but with out wisdom you destroy your self . The So called Royal families of Sri Lanka are a prime example. They rob, all they like . What exactly do they achieve. Look at those past thieves. They are DEAD, died before their time!!! Their off spring are useless.
        So pray to Allah, all you like. We do not kill any body, we will wish for you too, to acquire a modicum of wisdom at least.

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          ok, I understood. You don’t kill us if we pray to Allah. You got a nice religion.

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            Of course we do not kill you, if you pray or do not.that would be your business. Yes we basically live a decent life based on Buddhist philosophy. It is not a religion. Good or bad it works for us. If what ever works for you go for it! But by trying to kill others based on religion you will kill your self. Look around you. How many Buddhists do you think live in Iraq, Lebanon etc etc!!!?

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          There is no Allah.

          It is all made up by followers of Muhammad. If allah gave it why it took 23 years to write Quran.

          It is because of mohaamad’s followers wrote it it included so much about killings.

          Lord buddha was THE ALMIGHTY ALLAH. BUT, BUDDHA NEVER APPROVED KILLINGS AND APPROVED ONLY NON-VIOLENCE.

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            JimNutty, are you out from the mental asylum? Appears you have not taken your prescribed medications.

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              mike:
              It seems like you are not aware that Jim is the “nutty” end of the Rajapassa regime (if it needs a “nutty end,” that is!) It’s an old trick to hire one bunch of people to abuse and another bunch to act like a bunch of clowns. The problem here is differentiating between one bunch and the other of this lot!

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            They don’t understand. Simple answer is ignoring these people in society

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              Of course we don’t understand how Kuveni slept with
              a lion and got you “Sinhaley” my friend “Sinhalese!”
              Tell the whole world aloud please.Explain to us and
              we’ll do our best to understand you.

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            “” sorry ….I just had some bottles of ‘ WEDDA KASIPPU ” . ” jim softy

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        Sinhalese,

        That preacher, the Devil follower, is not alone. There are other crazy misguided preachers who have only hate in their heads, know only the chant Arabic verses from the Quran, do not understand it and give their own interpretation.

        They are the virus of Islam, the moderate Muslims have failed to expunge. A few more examples, mostly the products of Wahhabism, Deobandism and Muslim Brotherhood. Egyptians have recognized this Muslim Brotherhood virus and treating and dealing with it. All others need to do that , including Sri Lanka with the Wahhabis and BBS and Sinhala Ravaya idiots.

        Saudi Wahhabi Preacher Issues Fatwa Allowing Jihadis to Rape Syrian Women

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Qvo4_hMrF4

        Will the BBS and Buddhist monks they follow the teaching of Buddha then? Look at the activities of BBS, Sinhala Ravaya Monks in Sri Lanka, Burma Monks and Tibetan Monks, before Tibet was “Liberated” from Monk Hegemony.

        It is about Monk Hegemony,Priest and Mullah Hegemony, and the politicians are the clients of the Monks, Priests and Mullahs.. Europe got over that sometime ago, and the Index now abolished, and the moving Earth happily goes around the Sun while spinning on its own axis.

        See Below:

        Buddhism The Great — Part 1

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNOfTGSADdY

        Buddhism The Great — Part 2

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clcs2PSze0I

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      Tissaranee Gunesekera,

      “As the specific inclusion of the internet indicates, the proposed introduction of religious-censorship is an inalienable component of the larger Rajapaksa project to control and shape information flows to Lankans”

      1. You can brainwash people all the time. Myths and Religious myths are the best example.

      2. The question is who benefits? The Monks, the priests and the rulers.

      3. None of these religions deliver Nirvana, Nibbana, Sansara, Rebirth, Heaven, Hell , Limbo or Purgatory, which are all mental states, a believer is brainwashed into. There is no proof.

      4. The Earth still goes around the Sun, moves and rotates on its axis. Natural philosophers and scientists were killed and persecuted for that with the help of the state.

      Will the BBS and Buddhist monks they follow the teaching of Buddha then? Look at the activities of BBS, Sinhala Ravaya Monks in Sri Lanka, Burma Monks and Tibetan Monks, before Tibet was “Liberated” from Monk Hegemony.

      It is about Monk Hegemony, and the politicians are the clients of the Monks. Europe got over that sometime ago, and the Index now abolished, and the moving Earth happily goes around the Sun while spinning on its own axis.

      See Below:

      Buddhism The Great — Part 1

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNOfTGSADdY

      Buddhism The Great — Part 2

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clcs2PSze0I

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      Karl Marx said it best.

      “Religion is opium”. Period.

      Applies to all major faiths. Like a hand in glove. Specially to so called Abrahamic religions that sprang out of Jerusalem. And even unfortunately Buddhism. Thanks extremist monks and their idiotic followers in SL and Burma.

      Imagine all the bloodshed, cruelty and intolerance due to all these streams of “faith”, where nothing is ever proven.

      Cheers!

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        Ben Hurling,

        Yes, Religion is the Opium of the Masses and fodder of the Monks, Priest, Mullahs and their patrons, the politicians to maintain their Hegemony.

        Yes, nothing is proven despite 3,000 odd years, the signs of myths.

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      Tisaranee Gunesekera,

      Religion is not required for morality.

      Actually Religion is bad for morality.

      Religion is the opium of the masses.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD0B-X9LJjs

      Uploaded on Aug 16, 2007

      Author Christopher Hitchens discusses his book “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything” as a part of the Authors@Google series. The author of Why Orwell Matters and Letters to a Young Contrarian, Christopher Hitchens is a Vanity Fair contributing editor, a Slate columnist, and a regular contributor to The Atlantic Monthly. He has also written for The Nation, Granta, Harper’s, The Washington Post, and is a frequent television and radio guest. Born in England, Hitchens was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, where he received a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics. He now lives in Washington, D.C., and he became a U.S. citizen in 2007. This event took place on August 16, 2007 at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA.

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    All these Senas are funded by the government with specific agenda.
    People had forgotten about rising cost of living, salary increase, education etc.. .

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      The same strategy that is being applied to the ludicrous acts of Buruwanshe, Mervin are being applied with this BBS (balu balu sena). To us and the world, they the state is trying to paint a different picture.

      What made Buruwanshe who articulated his audience asking land and police powers to be excluded from PCs, keeps quiet these days as if ” Kumbula kirimati gilala wage”. Why ? There should have been secret talks between Buruwansa and his BURU PRESIDENT. Or any kind pharmaceuticals should have been injected to Buruwanse to stay somewhat quiet until the elections are held.

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        The same is with Vasudewa Nanayakkata, one senior leftist of the nation; he stays dead silent these days, though he few weeks ago said he would leave the regime if land and police powers would not removed from PC administrations. Does anyone of you know, whether President had secret discussions on the issue with them ?

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          The Biggest fraud Sri Lanka had the misfortune to produce!!!

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            Leelage Appo@
            we are not the luckiest nation.it will take long people to grasp the disastrous nature of Rajapakses. No wayout either, how these buggers be thrown away – saddest reality :( My aged father articulated it lately ” ane puthe rata ballanta gihin”.

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              Hitching Malli you are right but, I read some where that when a huge number of sinners and greedy people get to gether, the vibrations you create can cause tsunamis and earth quakes. What they did not say is that you could have, Sirimavos(no brain) JR’s( by the time he became president his brain matter had deteriorated) Premadasa’s(people forget he killed at least Richard Soysa) Chandrika’s ( thief liar and the most indeceplined individual) Ranil(greedy for power and position) and now Rajapaksa( 568 greedy relatives as well)
              So all we need is one selfless, patriotic man or woman who would understand the bigger picture.
              Malasia had Mahathir( he stole but improved the country) or Lee Kwan Yu( his family too amassed wealth but it does not look so bad as the children are really educated)
              So till we are a greedy, self serving bum sucking show offs we will never prosper

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            But my problem is understanding why the gap between criminal supporters and peace fighters getting wider ?
            Looking back from this day, none of high profile crime investigations ended up in favour of fair verdicts. Duminda^s entire health history needs to be double checked by a panel of medical and law professionals whether the public statements made by responsible authorities on national tv contained only TRUTH. All these are easy to trace if CID would directly build up the contact with the HOSPITAL authorities in Singapore. But nothing seems to be happening… opposition stay mum as if they are helpless – so do the average masses (that are all dissident to ongoing handlings).

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              Of course Ranil is the biggest self obsessed self serving thick skinned individual we happen to have. And people get offended that I say this aloud as they think the only other choice would be , Mahinda, Premadasas or Karu all old fossil. Please do not start the crap about being experienced enough to know all about robbing the state.
              Oh I already know Premadasas is not old but … We do not need a son of a tried and tested father.

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          Hichichimalli,

          “The same is with Vasudewa Nanayakkata, one senior leftist of the nation; he stays dead silent these days, though he few weeks ago said he would leave the regime if land and police powers would not removed from PC administrations.”

          In 1999 LSSP Member of Parliament Vasudeva Nanayakkara was expelled after having publicly criticized the PA government. Nanayakkara had joined LSSP from the NSSP in 1994 and been elected MP from Ratnapura. After his expulsion Nanayakkara floated the Democratic Left Front.

          It is rather unfortunate the socialist parties have sold their politicians to the Sinhala Buddhist racists, and the rest is history.

          Can Vasudeva alone correct the racist Buddhist second coming, their elders did not address? (and was then expelled from the Fourth International in 1964)

          Lanka Sama Samaja Party

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lanka_Sama_Samaja_Party

          The party was founded in 1935 and emerged as a major political force in the 1940s. It joined a coalition government in 1964, and was then expelled from the Fourth International. It peaked in political strength in the 1970s, but has declined gradually during the last 30 years.

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            Known fact:
            any criminals with higher aggressive potentials have the the genetic composition of a XYY. This is clear when checking through all prisons (Gunathambe to anywhere).

            I have no doubt – this particular MONK – Gnasara to bear XYY genetics. DNA and and chromosome analysts to screen this so that authorities help putting him JAIL in order to safeguard the security of other people.

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              Hichhichmalli,

              Let’s get the Monks DNA tested. A few drinks will get the cooperation. Can find out his Tamil roots to Tamil Nadu.

              https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/

              Since its launch in 2005, National Geographic’s Genographic Project has used advanced DNA analysis and worked with indigenous communities to help answer fundamental questions about where humans originated and how we came to populate the Earth. Now, cutting-edge technology is enabling us to shine a powerful new light on our collective past.

              Genographic Project

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genographic_Project

              Field researchers at 11 regional centers around the world collect DNA samples from indigenous populations. The project also sells self-testing kits: for US$100 (with the advent of Phase II “Geno2.0” testing the price has been increased to US$199.95 for a far more comprehensive test) anyone in the world can order a kit with which a mouth scraping (buccal swab) is obtained, analyzed and the DNA information placed on an Internet accessible database.

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    /*
    non-Theravada strands were suppressed when King Parakramabahu I forced Abhayagiriya and Jenthavanaya to submit to the authority of the Mahaviharaya in 1165
    */

    You make is sound like the Spanish Inquisition! Mahayanayists’ were no ‘heretics’ that were hounded and killed. The king made Theravadha the standard of Ceylon. Think of it as unifying after having multiple confusing strands of the teaching. Mahayanayists were given the option of re-joining the order after the transition.

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      and anyone who wasn’t amicable to this “unification” was encouraged to leave. Exile is only slightly better than death, wouldn’t you agree?

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        Measuring systems changed to metric from imperial. Would it make sense to go into exile if you did not like the metric system?

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          This was not about measuring sticks
          About beliefs and practices
          What unification when the others don’t exist
          Is it like the Chinese unification of Tibet
          Or the Aryanisation and the Buddistfication of SL

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    The MR family is creating the religious war for their own survival. There are many corruption going on by MR family, cost of living going up, individual freedom is missing, no media freedom…etc. To cover all these, MR family should engage the public in emotional things. So that people will not think about their own missing joy life and struggling. The MR family found out that Ethnic war is no more helping to cover, so the best option is religious war. This will divert the people’s mind to religious war instead of worried about their present struggling life and future children’s life. This is MR agenda. We people must think twice and act smart than go behind these dirty politics. All humans and believes are same. We all Buddhist, Christians, Hindus, Muslims together can create paradise and live peacefully. Get together and through this MR family before they make our Paradise Island as a hell.

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    One of the best from Tisaranee Gunasekera.

    The introduction of this legislation will be fun indeed. I look forward to the nuances of Buddhist teaching being argued by learned counsel in Court, and the Supreme Court deliberating on the veracity and meaning of the different Sutras and what preceded another in history. It will be exhilarating indeed when the teachings are explained as stated by the great savants Sariputta, Moggallana, and Ananda. And also the version according to Medhalankara, Ratana, and Gnanasara. I think the Law courts will become the temples of religious learning and people will flock to the courts to listen to the dhamma, and the courts will be made spacious with loudspeakers and video screens. And who knows, a time will come when we will give alms to the judges of these courts.

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    Sinhalese@

    including him who prayed so to count to be killed, he has no different between Balusena/ ravana or for that matter any fanatics who promotes killing in the name of religion

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    The writers version of things happening in SL goes to prove that the
    MR Dynasty will last a few decades – as all forms of practices to keep
    political power is not diminishing in any way. We have a long haul…..

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    Economically – the Zimbabwe path. Politically – the North Korean model
    of unthinking, mentally-drugged, mindless pawns. Not exactly what the Mahinda Chinthana pledged. The toxic politico-economic mixture must, sooner than later, end up in a massive explosion.

    Reminds of the story told by a friend – very close to JRJ. When the friend, in one of his regular morning visits to Braemar at Ward Place, complained of growing people’s dissatisfaction in CBKs rule in her early years of her tenure – a clear departure from her pledges – the old fox had shot back “what do they expect? After all, they chose a school girl to run the country”

    Senguttuvan

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      In retrospective, that SCHOOL girl performed well in many areas than the man in power today. She is only person who doubled the salaries of teachers and lecturers in the country. Her educational reforms came after many years stand still. The man in power is comparable to the mental set of Juliampitya Amare or any similar status multi criminal. Unfortunately, this is yet to become clear to the average mind sets of this country. The fate of UNP is due to the prevailing media situation in the country. Nothing else. Media is 80% biased to ruling thugs.

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    Three days ago, a leading Rationalist Narendra Dablokar from Maharastra a medical doctor who campaigned not only for the betterment of the poor and dispossessed but also for against black magic,predatory god men who lived off the religious superstitions of gullible people for over a quarter of a century was gunned down by two youths on a motor cycle.It was Dablokar’s relentless campaign that saw a posthumous legislation hurriedly passed by the government of Prithivi Raj Chavan the Chief Minister of the state of Maharastra to exorcize the demonic influence of the founder of Shiva Sena the late Bal Thacakrey and such others who rely on religious for political and financial gain.

    But that will never happen in SL because the MR government has recently invoked a demonic outfit called the BBS, and no attempt at exorcizing it will ever be be attempted if one remembers how the President imposed the ban against the showing of the film Da Vinci Code, the first act he indulged in after taking office..

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    We need a society that respects Maha Sangha and the Clergy – President

    Daily news today.

    We need a society who respect human values and law more than anything eals Mr. PRESIDENT!!

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      We need a president and cabinet ministers who respect human rights.

      We need an independent police commission to protect our human rights.

      We need crimes to be investigated properly and fair verdicts against perpetrators.

      We need law and order to be reenforced and people to feel secure in the country.

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      Mr. President,

      “We need a society that respects Maha Sangha and the Clergy – President”

      The central focus of inspiration and devotion for Buddhists
      is the Triple Gem (also known as the Three Treasures and
      the Three Refuges). These three are Buddha, Dhamma
      (Dharma), and Sangha.

      Question 1. Why should the society respect the Maha Sangha?

      Answer: Absolutely NOT, because the Sinhala Buddhist Sangha, Monks, they are NOT following the Buddha Dhamma.

      The Sinhala Buddhist Sangha and others should be expelled to India for reformation from Lanka. They are a disgrace to Buddhism. Period.

      Sangha literally means ‘community’ or ‘assembly.’ The word
      has two meanings in proper Buddhist usage: the community of
      disciples (whether ordained or not) who have gained Realization
      of any of the stages of Awakening; and the community of ordained
      disciples–bhikkhus (monks) and bhikkhunis (nuns).

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        Do you think the Maha Eka…..the Gan Kabaraya do not know all these….. He knows everything while not only keeping quiet, but encourage these to happen…..Why……

        Because these criminal thug Looters who rob country’s wealth are the ones that keep this Alibaba thieves going. They are his body guards.

        Without these the Alibaba cannot survive. The thieves are looting the country left and right, and to do that Saradiel has placed the Army, Police, CJ and the BBS Badu Sena on correct positions. He even share them with CW SG Sharma.

        The Rajapakses follow their own economic theory which is “Robin Hood Looters and Economic Assasin’s Theory.

        Very soon the Looter will feed Cow Dung to citizens.

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    If the law applies to all the religions in the country, then it is OK by me. How to enforce this law would be the issue!

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    This is again the brain child of the Chinese advisers who are guiding the ruling sibling, especially Gotha. In China too they have the similar laws. The next step would be for the regime to create their own Buddha Sasana, which will be governed by regime approved Buddhist monks. Once this is done, gradually the Asgiriya and Malwatte leadership will fade away. In China too the communist party has created such Buddhist temples. In fact they are also developing an alternate “Dalai Lama” with communist party ideology.

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    All religions are screwed up not by their founders but by their followers. When religion becomes interpreted and when the interpretation involves State patronage then everything good about the religion gets turned upside down. Now we have the three no nothing uneducated monkeys trying to turn up the volume on an already messed up amalgamation of religions. Brilliant buffoons. Let me give one example of this stupidity. The bible was created according to the dictates of an emperor called Constantine. Many books referred to as the gnostic gospels were excluded. There are other discrepancies that cannot be covered here. When Dan Brown wrote his famous book The Davinci Code he alluded to these anomalies. Our Percy promptly banned the movie of this book. I am not sure if he banned the book as well.

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    ‘The Bible was created according to the dictates of an emperor called Constantine.’

    As Christians, we believe that The Bible is the inerrant Word of God.

    2Peter.1.’ For we have not devised cunningly devised fables..
    knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture
    is of any private interpretation..not by the will of man:
    but Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy
    Spirit.’

    Jesus proclaimed He Himself was Truth.
    John.14.6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life..”
    ‘Dan Brown wrote…’ – Since we know the Bible to be The Truth
    Dan Brown’s opinions and ideas do nothing to shatter our
    faith.
    Blessings!

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    These scumbug BBS badu sena Monks are the left over society criminals whose parents send them to Buddhist Temples for economic reasons from their infancy.80% of these monks leave robes once they Graduate, and these are the left overs who Rajapakses use for their Dictatorial activities.

    How Rajapakse used them to Ban Cattle Slaughter overnight is one of them. Now Rakapakses have monopolised Sri Lanka’s Beef market similar to Drug market, Cocain, LSD, Ganja, Kasippu (by monopolising ethenol import), Prostitution, gambling and Casino Mafia Business.

    There’s a sharp increase in Drug business in Kolonnawa and suburbs after Duminda came to Sri Lanka.
    http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2013/08/rajapaksas-are-deadly-species-but-most.html

    Mattala Airport is questionable. The news say that there are many suspicious looking packages are arriving which are not been allowed to open by custom officers. This is called state Terrorism.
    http://www.tourism-review.com/sri-lanka-is-being-utilized-as-a-transit-point-for-drugs-news3308
    http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2012/09/air-cargo-security-critical-issue-of.html

    How come these BBS yellow Robe gangs stay quiet covering all these Rajapakse criminal activities while Protesting only against Halal,Muslim shrines, Fashion Bug stores and other Businesses. These are all Rajapakse plans to monopolising total Sri Lanka’s Industries, businesses and Industry, while appointing Party and family goons to manage them.

    Also Rajapakses run so many Businesses using phony companies.Also they are the major share holders of over 125 companies out of 225 companies registered in colombo stock exchange.
    http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2011/01/23/the-20-billionaires-of-sri-lanka%E2%80%99s-stock-market
    http://www.sampath.lk/directors.php
    http://www.hayleys.com/mediacentre/hayleys-acquires-leading-hotel-chain-amaya-resorts-and-spas
    http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/
    http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2013/02/10/how-good-or-how-bad-are-the-rajapaksas
    http://newindianexpress.com/world/%E2%80%98Rajapaksa-family-ruling-Lanka%E2%80%99/2013/04/22/article1555618.ece?pageNumber=2

    See from the following web to see how the Gas gembas lick asses of other’s to force them to join him……..

    http://www.ceylontoday.lk/22-39641-news-detail-i-couldnt-refuse-president-rajapaksa-the-fourth-time.html

    BBS is Rajapakses Terror Squad who guard their Dictatorship and Business Empire.

    Await for more Rajapakse miracles………to start feeding citizens with Cow dung, using Terrorist BBS Buddhist sharia Law.

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    These humbug BBS badu sena Monks are the left over society criminals whose parents sent them to Buddhist Temples on economic reasons from their infancy.80% of the monks leave robes once they Graduate, and these are the left overs who Rajapakses use for their Dictatorial activities.

    How Rajapakse used them to Ban Cattle Slaughter overnight is one of them. Now Rakapakses have monopolised Sri Lanka’s Beef market similar to Drug market, Cocain, LSD, Ganja, Kasippu (by monopolising ethenol import), Prostitution, gambling and Casino Mafia cartel Business.

    There’s a sharp increase in Drug business and Goon agents in Kolonnawa and suburbs after Duminda’s arrival to Sri Lanka.
    http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2013/08/rajapaksas-are-deadly-species-but-most.html

    Mattala Airport is questionable. The news say that there are many suspicious looking packages are arriving which are not been allowed to open by custom officers. This is called state Terrorism.
    http://www.tourism-review.com/sri-lanka-is-being-utilized-as-a-transit-point-for-drugs-news3308
    http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2012/09/air-cargo-security-critical-issue-of.html

    How come these BBS yellow Robe gangs stay quiet covering all these Rajapakse criminal activities while Protesting only against Halal,Muslim shrines, Fashion Bug stores, Christian Churches and other Businesses. These are all Rajapakses plans to monopolising total Sri Lanka’s Business Industries, while appointing Party and family goons to manage them.

    Also Rajapakses run so many Businesses using phony companies.They are the major share holders of over 125 companies out of 288 companies registered in colombo stock exchange.
    http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2011/01/23/the-20-billionaires-of-sri-lanka%E2%80%99s-stock-market
    http://www.sampath.lk/directors.php
    http://www.hayleys.com/mediacentre/hayleys-acquires-leading-hotel-chain-amaya-resorts-and-spas
    http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/
    http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2013/02/10/how-good-or-how-bad-are-the-rajapaksas
    http://newindianexpress.com/world/%E2%80%98Rajapaksa-family-ruling-Lanka%E2%80%99/2013/04/22/article1555618.ece?pageNumber=2

    See from the following web to see how the Gas gembas lick asses of other’s to force them to join him……..

    http://www.ceylontoday.lk/22-39641-news-detail-i-couldnt-refuse-president-rajapaksa-the-fourth-time.html

    BBS is Rajapakses Terror Squad who guard their Dictatorship and Business Empire.

    Await for more Rajapakse miracles………to start feeding citizens with Cow dung, using Terrorist BBS Buddhist sharia Law.

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    Who will decide whose version of Christianity or Islam represents the “original teachings and traditions”?

    Judaism, christianity and Islam are interrelated and shows some evolution from Judaism to ISlam.

    Christianity is democratic because JEsus listened to Buddhism. Mohammed did not have that luck.SO he preached something that could be interpreted as cult.

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    “Religion and heresy are symbiotic twins. It is this unbreakable nexus which creates religious schisms.”
    True, Tissaranee. The Buddha himself wrote nothing, and none of his teaching was written down for at least four centuries after his death.We therefore do not know what the Buddha taught any more than we know what Jesus taught. The proposed Rajapakse law to ban any criticisms of the “original teaching” thus only exposes Rajapakse ignorance.In Sri Lanka ignorance and villainy rule. A friend of mine said that Sri Lanka is the hub of ignorance. MR is the hub of that hub.

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    This is way better than Islamic Egypt or Islamic Syria.

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    “Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.”
    ― Eleanor Roosevelt

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    Would this story help?

    ‘ I remember sitting outside a Buddhist temple in Indonesia.Men and women filled the colorful temple grounds,where they daily performed
    their religious rituals. Meanwhile, I was engaged in a conversation
    with a Buddhist leader and a Muslim leader in that particular community.

    They were discussing how all religions are fundamentally the same and
    only superficially different. “We may have different views about small issues,” one of them said ,” but when it comes down to essential issues, each of our religions is the same.

    I listened for a while, and then they asked me what I thought.
    I said, “It sounds as though you both picture God (or what ever you call god) at the top of a mountain. It seems as if you believe that we are all at the bottom of the mountain, and I may take one route up the mountain,you may take another, and in the end we will all end up in the same place.”

    They smiled as I spoke.Happily they replied, “Exactly! you understand!”

    Then I leaned in and said, “Now let me ask you a question.What would you think if I told you that the God at the top of the mountain actually came down to where we are? What would you think if I told you
    that God doesn’t wait for people to find their way to him, but instead
    he comes down to us?”

    They thought for a moment and them responded, “That would be great.”

    I replied, “Let me introduce you to Jesus.”

    John.7.16-17.’I didn’t make this up.What I teach comes from the One
    who sent me.Anyone who wants to do his will can test that
    teaching and know whether I’m making it up.A person
    making things up tries to make himself look good.
    But someone trying to honor the one who sent him sticks
    to the facts and doesn’t tamper with reality.’

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    Dear Leela/Jim Softy,

    With due respect to all your comments and understanding of Islam,Allah, Prophet Mohammed (Peace be Upon Him) and killings, let me shed some light on all these, from a little knowledge I have gathered from Islam, Allah and Prophet Mohamed (PBUH).
    First and foremost, Allah or Prophet never approved of killing in the name of Islam, especially non combatants. The only instant. I know of to fight is when Muslims are not allowed to practice as per the teachings of Islam, which is mostly peaceful and not infringing on others liberties. As for your assertion that Quran is not divine and was invented by Prophet or his followers, this does not hold water when you go deep into the Quran and explore it’s contents. The things which are said in that was never known to mankind or any scientists of that time. The stark reality is that, the present day scientists,geologists and all explorers come to conclude what was said in Quran some 1400 years ago, at which time no man would have had the technology to come to those conclusions. It would have been only the Creator who knew what he created and what was in it. I most earnestly request you both to go into an authentic translation of Quran to enlighten you both on this. One more proof of Quran is divine is the state in which it is preserved in the original state in Arabic Language, which has never been tampered with for the last 1400 years. Allah has challenged same in the Quran itself “I who revealed the Quran and I will protect it preserved till the destruction of the Universe in its original form”. As for Prophet Mohamed (PBUH), he was listed number one in the list of 100 great men by one of the Christian researchers, and am sure that sums up his place in this world, contrary to your claim of advocating killing in the name of Islam and Allah.
    Please do not look at Muslims, as most of them are also driven by Greed and Power. A silent mojority, still practice Islam as its teachings advocate, which is peace and co existence. I am also ashamed sometimes, to look at things happening around us in the name of Islam, which is contradictory to the teachings of Islam.

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    ‘Allah never approved of killing’ – Ansar.

    I have a very dear Muslim friend –

    What if she decides to convert to Christianity?

    Will she be free to do so?

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