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The Penal Code Relating To Insulting Religion Needs Reexamination

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Sepal Shock

I watched the video today (6/1/23) of the brouhaha in parliament over Sepal Amasinghe’s reference to the Sacred Dalada tooth relic as “labba”. This man Sepal, the man with the white beard, says all sorts of things via Youtube. His style is to shock and get attention for anything he states. The simple reason is that Sepal hasn’t been saying much of value but is crying for attention. There is a lack of consistency derived from a deficiency of vision and purpose in Sepal’s various Youtube presentations. 

On the other hand, I observe many youngsters (Eg Abisheka Fernando, now missing) doing brilliantly in news analysis on Youtube. Hence, the arrest of Sepal Amarasinghe seems pointless except to satisfy the mass Buddhists that the MPs would die to save Buddhism. A collective hypocritic act by both government and opposition MPs. I am glad that the Prez wasn’t there. I am also happy that AKD deftly got out of the personal attack. Even Sajith Premadasa kept silent letting Kiriella do the dirty work.

Sepal Amasinghe

Sepal once referred crudely to the act of masturbation, which was in bad taste. He isn’t too good in political literacy either. If he was, he would not have downrated a harmless belief of millions in Sri Lanka  about the Sacred Tooth Relic. This is the crowning icon of the Sinhala civilisation. 

But this time the bearded man is in trouble. He has been arrested for an alleged offence of ‘insulting religion,’ under the Penal Code. Justice Minister Wijayadasa Rajapakshe said in parliament that an offender can be imprisoned up to ten years! The minister should have been embarrassed to announce that as it does sound a travesty of justice according to commonsense perception. While Sepal is in the eye of a storm of his own creation, the primary issue of the formulation of the relevant clause in the Penal Code is called into question. It is bad law.

Defining An Insult

Insulting anyone is no good. It is  considered rude and it is unproductive. On the other hand, the legal definition of “insult’ and its identification on ground is seriously problematic. An insult is not an objective phenomenon but an entirely perceptual and subjective experience. If I am called a dog, as Shylock had been called, I wouldn’t shake an eyelid. In another person’s case, the latter might cry and wail until psychiatric intervention. It is hard to tell whether an insult is significant or not as it is hard to identify and hard to measure an allegation of insult.

It is often said that many religious priests and monks have been guilty of serious misbehaviour that amounts to insulting the religion concerned. Just a few years ago, Australian media was full about a cardinal who was jailed for paedophile activity. Buddhist monks have also been found to be guilty of sexually predatory behaviour. Aren’t these insults? Recently, Sri Lanka had the case of a monk who accused a Muslim doctor of attempting to sterilize young women and this came out later as a lie. Hasn’t that monk “insulted” both the Sanga and the Dhamma?

So much like that is happening around us across all religions. Persons in charge of religious institutions wield power over faithfuls and many of them have fallen before our eyes.

Privileging of Religion

Normal academic criticisms of any religion should be permissible in any society. Religion, as far as it challenges the claims of professional scientific investigation, cannot be protected from criticism and even condemnation. Claims about reality belong to the domain of science since the modus operandi of scientific investigation is the only path to searching truth about reality. One cannot have two magisteria of reality overlapping each other – one of science and one of religion. Truth claims by religious persons or holy books with regard to reality issues must necessarily compete along with others in the open competitive market for ideas. They cannot enjoy special protection. On the other hand, they must be subjected to the rigor of scientific evidence-testing. This fact justifies criticism in religious discourse, which should, therefore not be treated as “insulting.”  

It is on the basis of such knowledge that the world has progressed after the Renaissance in every material field of endeavour: illness diagnosis, antibiotics, medical imaging, bio-engineering, surgery, air travel, architectural construction, environmental control and so on. 

Hence, it is obvious that a religious interpretation regarding an aspect of reality-creation versus the scientific fact of evolution by natural selection, miracles etc  will have to face the ruthless scan of science. If a Christian or Islamic priest says that miracles occur or if a monk says something similar about  an alleged relic of the Buddha – these beliefs do unavoidably get into public discourse. The more thinking people ask questions. Can it be?

Before the rise of science after the Renaissance, religions have been conning people about our lives and the universe. The Book of Genesis states that humans and the rest of the universe had been created by God in seven days. Charles Darwin exploded that con by explaining through scientific findings that all living organisms including man are the products of biological evolution driven by natural selection.

Charles Darwin would not have fared well according to our Penal Code

Hinduism and Ambedkar

The famous Dr BR Ambedkar (1891-1956) led an attack against the Hindu caste system. Thousands of copies of The Manusmriti (sacred Hindu Laws of Manu) were burnt in public. Ambedkar also led thousands of ‘untouchables’ to dip int to the water of a Hindu Holy river. Hindus rioted and had a ‘cleansing ceremony.’

Now, Ambedka was ‘insulting’ Hinduism. His righteousness was so demonstratively powerful and so was his learnedness that Ambedkar became free India’s first Law minister. Before he died, he was conferred India’s highest honour-‘Bharat Ratne.”

Aren’t insults often societally cleansing? Meaning, they have a positive role as well?

Decline in Religious Belief

Slowly but surely, religions are receding in public acceptability. Are those who withdraw from religion in this way “insulting” their former religion? Or are they not exercising their right to freedom of thought?

Once upon a time, Australia had about 80 per cent of the population self-defining itself as “belonging to a religion.” In the latest census of 2021, less than half the population had declared themselves as not belonging any religion. 

Where Does Our Penal Code Stand?

So where does our Penal Code stand? It is foundationally in error. It is practically nonsense. In terms of consequence it represents a violation of human rights to freedom of thought and expression.

*The writer can be reached at shyamonjayasinghe@gmail.com

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  • 27
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    Shyamon, this is yet another SHAM and religious hypocrisy of Lanka. Good to entertain the retards. When yellow robed and military insult religious places of other community , it’s considered heroic. What can be more insulting than antics of Ape Man Ganasara ??

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      The guy who insulted the judiciary / courts is freed by fugitive President .

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      I wonder if you are aware of the many harassed in the name of defending ‘Hinduism’.
      Reputed artist M.F Hussain had to flee his native India because he (a Muslim) dared to paint Hindu goddesses.
      *
      Bangladesh had for its share the persecution and Taslima Nasrin is a well known victim.
      *
      Pakistani intolerance has a wider reach.
      *
      Have you not heard of Tamil ‘Hindu’ intolerance towards Christians?
      SRH Hoole has plenty of narratives of which at least some are totally factual.
      *
      Why should Buddhism be an exception to bigotry, here or in Myanmar or even Thailand?

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        “Why should Buddhism be an exception to bigotry, here or in Myanmar or even Thailand?”

        China being the friendly neigbour of Sri Lanka is the only decent country that respects human rights (including religious rights) compared to Hindia and other countries. Chinese born Dalai Lama lives in Hindia on an extended holiday.

        Just for fun please read the following reports:
        OHCHR Assessment of human rights concerns in the
        Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, People’s Republic of China
        https://www.ohchr.org/sites/default/files/documents/countries/2022-08-31/22-08-31-final-assesment.pdf

        CHINA RENEWS CRACKDOWN ON CHURCH AS UN WARNS OF ‘CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY’
        https://releaseinternational.org/renewed-crackdown-on-church-in-china-as-president-xi-gets-tough/

        Of course the above reports have been fabricated by fake western media in order to tarnish very decent China.

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          What is interesting is the total perversion of the ICCPR Act to arrest Sepal. If he was çausing disaffection between groups by using the word “labba” to describe the tooth relic, why wasn’t the notorious “monk” Gnanasara arrested when he used the very same word to describe Allah? There is clearly a case of discrimination here. This country already is as theocratic as any Gulf state.
          I am no fan of Sepal, but he must be thanked for creating this hoo-ha about a generally unmentionable subject, the authenticity of the tooth relic. Let’s see how things turn out in court.
          Even that thug Mervin Silva has got in on the act, ordering (on live TV) the destruction of a fake Dalada maligawa. On whose authority? Does he have any official position? It seems all the termites are crawling out of the woodwork.

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            Predictably, Wijedasa the Sinhala Buddhist paragon has acted true to form, threatening a 10 year jail term. Even before the trial! I wonder what the UNHCR would say?
            And these are the very people who complain about extremists in other religions!

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          NV
          Another morning after I see.
          Sorry to note that the doctor you seek is very evasive.
          Perhaps he knows you too well. Try someone else.
          Good luck, and take care.
          Remember, I do care about your health, emotional especially.

      • 9
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        I wonder, SJ can ever discuss Lankan issues, without mentioning
        other countries, not relevant to the subject.

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          C
          I appreciate your difficulty in reading and comprehension. Also, it too much to bear for creatures totally obsessed with abusing a country and its people.
          To avoid taxing your brain, you may skip reading whatever seems tough going.

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            Abusing the country and people ?? God for sake, no one can abuse more than Rajapaksas and those retards who keep electing them. By any chance did you hear protesters / Aragalaya, cursing their own leaders , politicians and some even the country. As usual , looking hear and there, you missed it and now whining ” we are victims “.

      • 5
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        SJ,
        India did this, USA did this, Pakistan did this, Tamil Hindu did this, Bangladesh did this, So Sri Lanka should do it?
        Yes they do it for long and they will do it for long.
        What a genteman?

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      chiv,
      All the politicians and political parties including Ranil and Rajapaksas need something to redirect the attention of people from the bankgruptcy of the country towards releigious fundamentalism.

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    I cannot see the reasoning behind paying so much attention by so many people to react so vociferously to what has come from an unsound mind or shear lunacy. The Sacred Tooth Relic believed to be of The Lord Bhuddha who is revered and venerated by Billions of people around the world for announcing to the world an unparalleled philosophy even quantum physics finds space to catch up. Dogs can bark at the Moon or even the Caravan: who cares.

    • 9
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      h
      There are doubts about the authenticity of the relic in Kandy.
      But people believe in it, like other people believe in other unscientific stories.
      One has to be sensitive to the feelings of people.
      A scholarly debate can raise all manner of questions and little damage is done. But one casts a stone at a hornets’ nest when making provocative public utterances.
      However, one may get away with worse under a different set of circumstances.
      *
      Sepal A. has offered a good diversion from pressing issues that our politicians cannot handle.
      He should be rewarded.

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        “Sepal A. has offered a good diversion from pressing issues that our politicians cannot handle.
        He should be rewarded.”
        .
        South asians are guided by myths. Thst s why the region remains poor forever. It s the poorest region of the world filled with 1/4 of would s population

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    What is important at this stage is not the journalistic skills of these brave heroes who speak truth to power, often risking their freedom or even their lives, but to encourage and promote their valiant efforts to emancipate and uplift the lives of the long- suffering population of Sri Lanka. It is wholly inappropriate to focus on inanities or mundane features of this national hero who is sticking his neck out for the sake of his beleaguered fellow citizens. That scumbag Runny Hajji Poxer and his 134 thieves are ruining what is still left of a devastated land that was once our dear Paradise on Earth.

    • 1
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      “What is important at this stage is not the journalistic skills of these brave heroes who speak truth to power, often risking their freedom or even their lives, but to encourage and promote their valiant efforts to emancipate and uplift the lives of the long- suffering population of Sri Lanka. “ Lets everyone of us do that. CT is spending time on setting up the free stage. Not to be intimidated or hindered by Diyawanne Lake Palace plutocrats. Lets everyone of us do that.

  • 16
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    What do we do when the buddhist monks who are the guardians of the dharma act completely against the dharma?
    Why the double standard?
    Political victimisation is written all over the arrest.

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      HT,
      .
      Why didn’t these Mahanayaka Theros wake up when worshippers were misled by “Jala Naga Dhatuva/TV fiction” in Kelaniya Viharaya in Nov 2019? – more than 60 lakh worshipers were present in that temple for this session, as reporters revealed.

      Although the world experts strongly criticized, nothing happened, the former government appointed Kollupitiya Cheevadhari as the vice-chancellor of Kelaniya University, didn’t he? Isn’t that another insult to the affected public?

      Although the world experts strongly criticized, nothing happened, the former government appointed Kollupitiya Cheevadhari as the vice-chancellor of Kelaniya University,. Isn’t that another insult to the affected public? why did not the very same Mahanayakas utter a single word in that point in time ?
      :
      Why didn’t so-called watchmen of ” tooth relics” wake up when the nation was blatantly abused by a bunch of crooks born in Medamulana cave?

      Did Lord Buddha ever recommend dressing up elephants in Sinhala Buddhist processions?

      If captive elephants could talk, they would surely call the practice of Buddhism in Sri Lanka (sinhala buddhism) a “state-sponsored animal torture act.”

      Even though the Sinhala Buddhist led it in the last few decades, these powerful Mahanayakas did not speak a word?

      why are these Manahanyaka that double standard ?.

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        Leela How true ! If captive elephants could talk we will feel ashamed.

        What if all the chicken, goats, turkey, cattle, fish being slaughtered in the millions , their eggs stolen, milk taken ? ? What if these innocent life forms could talk ! !

        By this action the Sri Lankan government has shown we are the same as those fundamental Muslim countries ! Shame shame

        By the way what has religion done for people ? India, Saudi ,UAE are developing not because of Hinduism of Islam but because of science which allows oil to be used commercially . Same in India ,science and development, if at all Hinduism will drag India back

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          “By the way what has religion done for people ?”
          Oh dear, what has happened to Deepthi Silva, once upon a time a staunch Sinhala Buddhist, ever ready to put her formidable chest forward in defence of our 2500 year old culture?
          But still vegetarian, I see.
          Come back, original DS, all is forgiven.

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          Prof. DS,
          .
          I meant something else, but Professor Deepti de Silva seems to have got it completely wrong and touched it from the wrong angle. This is common and clarified when looking at Prof. Glp too again and again.

          I think it is not fair on the part of elephants to make up fairy tales and send the message that fits the imagination of sinhala buddhist.
          .
          . Why don’t they reveal the truth? What would a beast feel in “Pirith Chants”….. ? I have seen monks putting ” pirith chanted threads around the body of elephants “…. while the beast impatiently wait to grab anything to eat.
          – THose stupid monks deliberately violate freedom of the animals but telling something palatable.This is why I believe most dangerous animal on the earth is human.

          Some tourists made me clear in an inflight on my way back to europe, PINNAWALA elephant orphanage is a torture house to their eyes. Most of them in captivity suffer lot more than appeared to be. I did not have any other choice but to scratch my ears. I did not go to defend anyone, because it is not my duty, let alone human right violations.

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          “By the way what has religion done for people ? “

          if there was no Sinhala buddhism in sl, could Rajapakshes ever be able to come back and ruin this nation again ? That very dress ” decorative body covers”, “jangi” to elephants for their imaginnations and spread “fairytales” is part and parcel of SINHALA buddhism.
          .
          Assuming that Rajapakshes are not human beings, then you can be right …

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      HT,
      .
      Why are our monks still unable to promote “Dharma” to Sinhala Buddhists? Listening to loudspeakers from every corner of the city is a noise exposure problem for me. However, instead, something else could be delivered through loudspeakers, and the result would have been more favorable.
      .
      1) Because the monks do not have the right knowledge? So what did those Pali universities do today? Why are reforms not being carried out to improve standards even today?
      .
      2) Don’t they want to develop the Dharma knowledge that should lead to a better informed society? Why are things stagnant?

  • 14
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    Sepala A is just questioning whether the tooth relic is actually that of a human being. If he is to be punished the prosecutor has to provide scientific evidence to proof that tooth relic belongs to a human and that it’s age is around 2500 years!
    The SL Patriots belonging to Sinhala Buddhists have by their ethno-nationalist behaviours HAS BROUGHT THE COUNTRY to the current plight.
    God save the Citizens of SL.

  • 16
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    Indeed this arrest brings shame on Sri Lanka, making us a backward theocracy.

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      Jaffna Man

      “Indeed this arrest brings shame on Sri Lanka, making us a backward theocracy.”

      The state, the saffronistas, the functionaries, crooks, …. , the Sinhala Buddhist Taliban need good excuses to diverse the public from focusing on economic problems.

      What else do you expect them to do other than starting a riot against people or throw those perceived opponent into jail on flimsy charges?

  • 4
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    What comes to my mind is , ” By way of Deception ” Of Victor Ostrovsky , which
    describes Srilankans as ” Monkeys just off the tree ” . Srilankans got wild when
    it was published , in my memory , in 1990 ! My thinking is , Srilankans were not
    made aware of possible shocks of Free Market Economy that was introduced by
    J R J ! People were made to race against each other at a very heavy price ! TV’s ,
    Mobile Phones , PCs , Internet and nearly all modern convenience went into
    wrong hands meaning ended up in the hands of ignorant people . Every piece of
    technology was used to top up already corrupt system and an already existing
    pre historic culture . Some readers might get hurt but this is how I understand it !
    And we were made to spend , spend heavily Dollars that we didn’t earn . Our
    money is not Dollars . We went too far with it until head down and bottom up !

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      ww
      I wonder if you jumped for joy when you were identified among the “Monkeys just off the tree”.

      • 6
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        S J ,

        You got it right SJ ! I was over the moon , at least Mossad put all
        Srilankans in one basket ! I was a bit worried too , if they on
        purpose left me and my community out of the basket because of
        our opposition to their presence in Srilanka ! And for another
        reason , them and us all belong to Abraham ! And you ? Still on
        the tree ? Bon appetit !

        • 0
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          Glad that you were over the moon and hopefully not under its domination.
          I am where I was when I looked up to see you scrambling from branch to branch. Give my regards to the family. Cheers.
          BTW
          What makes you think that everyone here is a descendant of Abraham? Watch out, the Jews are particularly selective in that business.

  • 4
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    There is language intentionally used at opponents to show your displeasure or even hate. There is language used with ill will to create damage to opponent, like libel. This blasphemy is something not falling into both categories. It is an unrealistic, malicious criminalization of human free feelings, which is an oppressor-fascist nature of government. Killing a dog that it sprayed on Sivalingam is only tyranny-cruelty but not religion. Same way a man feels controlled by the state if he has been denied expressing what he thinks or sense. As Shayman says, a theory or hypothesis should stand the scientific tests. If not, humans must have freedom to question it, condemn it and discard it.A man can have the right to protect something if it is his own, or if it’s important for the society to live an equal life with others. So far nobody, even the famous Buddhist Dr DR Ambedkar has not proven anything in Buddhism is important to human life so that Langkang Constitution S 11 has to protect Buddhism by taxing people. This itself is allowing the Tamil Hindus to go separate from Sinhala Buddhists.

  • 5
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    If you want to be a republican, you have to have a constitution that treats all people equally. If you want to be Sinhala Buddhist fanatics or a double acting like Shayman, who is an atheist while a dedicated Sinhala Buddhist, you should not attempt to become a UN member or at the last resort, fell on the feet of IMF for loan.

    It is an established fact that the Feline tooth in the Gold Box is something that Kandy Hindu King kept with him hoping it will be lucky for him, a common belief custom within Hindu loads and traders. Using it to attack people and milking enormous contributions is only Berny Sanders’ Ponzi scheme. In the US, where Church and state are two not connected institutions, the place for Bald Head Bernies is prison.

  • 6
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    I have been watching him regularly. My observation of him was that he was going out of control of his own “Chemistry” – the role played by “Brain” and “Mind”. He was very proud of his “Brain” – the storehouse of “Knowledge” (information) while that of “Pride” (Ego) – the chemistry of “mind” – the mechanism of which is “Unpredictable” and “Spontaneous”. That mechanism and chemistry of the “Mind” of which he was totally unaware created a “Black Hole” into which he got dragged quite unaware. The nature of the “Mind” is in dual control – (1) self-control (2) unknown force – the creator of “I”, in Dhamma it is termed “Skkaya Dhitti” – I know everything and what I say is Gospel Truth.

    That was my observation of Sepal A. Apart from that, Sepal lost touch with the “Rest” of the world and did not know to “Tolerate” and “Respect” others’ views. A “Journalist” as he says, that quality is unacceptable. Of course, there are many others who have and are doing more harm to the Great Teachings than Sepal. I know there is “ONE” who claims to be an “ARAHAT” (Enlightened) who said that this “Buddha’s Tooth” could be that of a “PIG”, thus creating an ambiguity of its authenticity. Nothing has happened to him many others. But for “Sepal” it is the “TIME” (election) he said it.

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      Dear Simon,
      .
      I also watched his videos, not often but back and forth,.. but some are based on hearsays, some are informative though. Samantha Badda was branded as “yuriya Samantha”….. Now Samantha Badda is forced to go for a “DNA test” and prove her paternity to an illegitimate child.. But the court is silent on this. .is this not a good thing that he informed the people ?
      :
      You are well aware of the fact, that his assumptioin about Sepal knows it all-nature ” siyalla dath nature”. …. He sometimes added “we said”…. I asked myself … who is this “we”. ? My friends incl my brother HT told me that “we” must be him and his cameraman.

      Some of the much-cited terminologies and other terms like “yellow pet”, yuriya samantha or the like are thanks to Sepal Amarasinghe.
      :
      At the same time, he and that SUDA CREATION man made a big contribution to accept and bring to power the most despicable president of our hell, “Gotabaya”. Remember ?

      With these being truths; I don’t REALLY want to put Sepal in jail because there are plenty of big criminals who are not in jail today: me; If Sepal is imprisoned;

      A single member of the Rajakshasa family should not be released from prison. MAY YOU BE BLESSED WITH DIVINE FORCES IF YOU BELIEVE IN

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    I have been watching that sepala guy on youtube for a while. He is a disgusting JVP clown. It is unfortunate that they dont have a law like Singapore that would flog these types.

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      Truth-speakers are the biggest menace: dictators can’t dictate.

      Flogging is non-terminal …… nailing to a cross has inherent finality.

      A specially imported sheep gun is even better …….. ask Lasantha.

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        SM,
        Who are you trying to insult?

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          Hello OC,
          .
          he is always chasing after me….. as if he has nothing better to do…. As stated elsewhere, bad association makes even bodhisattvas “angulimala”. our Bandarawella man is proving it himself these weeks.

          -Quote
          “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”

          ― Buddha Siddhartha Guatama Shakyamuni

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          Dear oc,
          .
          I’m wondering myself why two comments were removed. Then I submitted two more explaining what I had tried to do. Now, instead four comments there are only three. They were all removed without it being possible for you to have ever seen them. That’s a good reason why you should email me. Even if it’s like Vishwamithra. Ingenious fellow. I only know what his email address, and his “Thanking email” bears as his signature: “Vishwamithra” but then he had read my email to thank me for correcting the famous mistake, “an year”!
          .
          Manel Fonseka corrected it a few days later; Manel wouldn’t have done it because she doesn’t want all to know her email address. Ditto for LM, although I get the feeling those two write to each other.
          .
          We’re so concerned about “legality” in Lanka. It is quite legal for the moderators to remove any comment. This may be the reason: I had provided a link to a Sepal video, and then copied a comment that I had made there. That comment gave the location of Sepal’s house, in terms of near this, and behind that.
          .
          Does anyone yearn for the exact location of this computer? I’ll give it in terms of co-ordinates. But then you guys will laugh at me.

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          OC
          Want to take a bet?
          The odds are
          3-2 LM
          7-1 OC
          10-1 NF
          50-1 SJ
          100-1 any other.
          Bets close just before your question is answered.

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            SJ,
            😄😄

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      a14455 / January 7, 2023
      In retrospect, he was not a JVP supporter. Even the JVP was criticized. You look like a teenager though you live in the states. It is proved that man would not become knowledgeable, just because he or she lives in a developed world.
      Being a part of the campaign to bring the despicable President Gota and his army to power was your biggest loss. Can you ever break free from that guilt? May you be curse forever.

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        LM,
        “Can you ever break free from that guilt? “
        Even more termites coming out of their hiding places……

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        I have to admit I lose interest when he keeps going on in his harangues. but most of his ideas are out of the JVP playbook.

        And as for your curses. I dont believe in them either.

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    Can someone tell me why Mahanayakas are double standard?

    Are Mahanayake Theros educated enough?

    I think the patriarchs are very prejudiced. why is that ?#

    Sri Lanka is being destroyed by Mahanahimis.
    .
    1) Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, who appears as a strong Sinhala Buddhist in the eyes of the Sri Lankan Sinhala Buddhist community, was the first to do anything against the “Palace of Teeth”. But there is no action against MR
    .
    2) Namal Baby is the one who organized the “car race chaos Dalada palace premises. Remember? But there is no action against NR

    3) Jackson Anthony – the people’s artist – once said that the middle beast is related to Lord Buddha. But there is no action against JA

    4) Samantha Badra – a bird of paradise, reportedly called the tooth relic a “pig’s tooth”. …..But there is no action against SB

    May all Gods be against these evil men even if they are hiding behind the “sangha garb”.!!

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    Sri Lanka is a country full of relogious idiots.

    The president and the parliamentarians are no exeption.

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    Can you beat it? …….. Although now worshipped …….. Christ was nailed to a cross for speaking the truth. ……. Humans have been human from the dawn of time.

    Lankans are a little more human than others.

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      Worth a listen ……… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zm_zDPi9Ogk

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        Yes, nimal, I agree, and I’m glad I listened to the end.
        .
        This monk says that he’s doing it on behalf of the NPP. This definitely is not the sort of thing that I have heard from any recognised NPP source.
        .
        The monk starts by relating all the references to the fetching of the tooth, and the
        “adventures” that later befell it. The question arises whether the original tooth couldn’t have been lost, and that what we now have is a substitute.
        .
        Sepal Amarasinghe is no favourite of mine, and he must consider it one of his occupational hazards.
        .
        However, this approach to knowledge is disturbing. We will have to go along with every weird theory that is put forward by every lunatic. Gauthama, the Buddha would never have approved.

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          Sinhala_Man,
          If as you say,
          ……………“adventures” that later befell it. The question arises WHETHER THE ORIGINAL TOOTH COULDN’T HAVE BEEN LOST, AND THAT WHAT WE NOW HAVE IS A SUBSTITUTE!!???
          IF THAT SEEMS EVEN A DISTANT POSSIBILITY, THEN I AM WONDERING HOW WOULD ANYONE PROVE TO THE DEFENCE THAT THE RELIC IS THE ORIGINAL AND NOT A COPY??
          What about carbon dating or some other scientific authentication of age let alone other factors!!???
          That would be a disaster of unfound proportion to the belief of millions of Buddhists world over!!?
          Disastrous venture of prosecuting Sepal and in the process starting the dismantling of the Sacred tooth relic!!!
          Why don’t people think a little sensibly than emotions take over your sensible reasoning!!!???
          Chief architect of the demise as usual!!?? Same “Lemon Puff Muncher”!!??

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            Mahila,
            REAL Buddhists don’t need relics or giant statues to sustain them. It’s only the weak-minded gullible who need these, and the mendacious clergy whomake money off them. The Buddha himself instructed that nether he nor his relics if any should be worshipped.
            There are hundreds if not thousand of “Buddha relics” all over Asia, the total weight of which is more than a human body. How can that be?

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        nf
        Thanks for the link.

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      nimal fernando: Do you remember how Jesus Christ was crucified? It was the “People’s Choice”. The “Judges” asked the “People” to decide whom to be crucified. The choice was between a “Rouge/Criminal” and Jesus Christ. The “PEOPLE” in one voice said: “CRUCIFY JESU CHRIST”. So as per the “People’s Choice” Jesus was crucified.

      Looks very “Democratic” as per today’s standards. Didn’t you watch that same “Democracy” being “Dramatized” in Parliament when this Sepal case was discussed on January 5th? Did you see how the “Prosecutor” – Wimal Weerawanse demanded the “Crucification” of Sepal?

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        1)
        Dear Simon, if i may add something to that of yours.
        The crucifixion of Jesus was 2023 years ago.
        If it is purely based on human choice, then hasn’t man (particularly in south asia) evolved over the past two millennia?
        If not, why does it only affect South Asians so strongly? Europe has succeeded, but South Asia today lives in the past.

        It is not unclear that Sepal, now on remand, was a fierce critic of journalist Mara and his condom supporter Wimal Weerawansa (at least for a while).
        Now people will question what made Jackson Anthony assume that “Mahinda Rajapakse must be a blood relative of Lord Buddha”… It could be the reason why the master criminal escaped till now. Myths believers over to you…. JA may be right ???… alas.

        tbc

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          2) However, Sepal was highly instrumental in Gota’s election in November 2019. remember NONE OF THE ABOVE motto ?
          It proves that Sepal’s knowledge is no different than that of the 6.9 million demented voters.
          .
          As usual, Wimal Buruwanze shouted in Parliament about his own salvation and revenge rather than taking the side of the public. Such social crap would react like that, not new to people.
          .
          Wimal Weerawansa stood out, misguiding the ear of the majority to Rajapaksa’s return. What we can’t do with “LKY with Mahathir” is his rhetoric…remember? It is the need of the age to crucify Wimal Weerawansa and not Sepal.

          As for me, I agree with Wimal Weerawansa’s crucifixion, but not Sepal’s if it comes to that.

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          The crucifixion of Jesus was less than 2,023 years ago.
          .
          Jesus was born in 4 BC. He lived about 33 years. “Then he was crucified, for our sins, under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried. And on the third day he rose again according to scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the father almighty.
          .
          And he shall come again in glory to judge both the quick and the dead, and his kingdom shall have no end.
          .
          And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the lord the giver of life, – and I acknowledge one baptism…….
          .
          Mad Hamlet told his then prospective father-in-law more sense when asked what he was reading: “Words, words, words”.
          .
          I’ve just typed; not proof-read, but I see nothing underlined that I must correct. Except “sitteth” (AI wants sitter) and and Pontius (Pontiffs/ POTUS)

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    Sri Lanka’s double standard of justice and scoundrel’s shedding crocodile tears in parliament that it hurt the feeling of believers.

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

    The whole world knows the state of current state of Buddhism in SL.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBf1tN8HhE8

    Isn’t this hate speech.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAa6cfcD7b8

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    All members of the Sangha and the Buddhist Laity should be reminded of the teachings of the Buddha as reported in the Brahmajala Sutta – the first Sutta in the Sutta Pitaka (Digha Nikaya 1.1.5) :
    .
    Monks, if anyone should speak in disparagement of me, of the Dhamma or of the Sangha you should not be angry, resentful or upset on that account. If you were to be angry or displeased at such disparagement, that would only be a hindrance to you. For if others disparage me, the Dhamma or the Sangha, and you are angry and displeased, can you recognize whether what they say is right or not ?
    ‘No, Lord’.
    If others disparage me, the Dhamma or the Sangha, then you must explain what is incorrect as being incorrect, saying ‘that is incorrect, that is false, that is not our way, that is not found among us”
    .
    [Translation of the Digha Nikaya by Maurice Walshe]

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    S_M

    “The monk starts by relating all the references to the fetching of the tooth, and the
    “adventures” that later befell it. The question arises whether the original tooth couldn’t have been lost, and that what we now have is a substitute.”

    So this “tooth” does not belong to Sri Lanka nor should it be kept in Sri Lanka. Legally this is a smuggled object brought into the county illegally.

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      Is religion necessary for mankind? Religions have been the cause of problems. Murders have been committed, and temples, churches, pansalas have been destroyed. Priests have been found guilty of sexual offenses. If some people can be allowed to promote religion, other people must have the right to speak against promotion/conversion. God has not been seen by the so called promotors of religion. Just because majority of the people believe in religion it is wrong to say that they are right. If you go to a restaurant with bar facilities you will find more people in the bar than at the restaurant. Does this mean that people in the bar is right?

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      What I gather from S_M, Nimal, and others, the Integrity of the Relic!!! Source, Manner received and other factors, such as age determination of the relic!!
      It is not hard to prove that it is genuine scientifically!!! Why not do it and allay all suspicion!!???

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        Mahila,
        In religious matters, neither logic nor science are applicable.
        The relic is considered too holy to be interfered with. DNA or carbon dating would be interference. The keepers know the truth, which is why there are no recent clear photographs. But there are photos from the 19th century, when there was not much science in archaeology.
        https://lankapura.com/2008/07/sacred-tooth-relics-lord-buddha/

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          So Sepal’s case is “OPEN AND SHUT CASE”!!?? The defence cannot prove it otherwise!!! Very nice!!!??

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          Saffronites have the day!! Victory granted!!

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