18 October, 2019

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Threat To Religious Freedoms In Sri Lanka Highlighted At US Senate Committee

The loss of religious freedom in Sri Lanka was drawn into sharp focus yesterday when US Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican representative from Florida said 30 churches had been attacked over the past four months in the island.

“30 churches have been attacked by Buddhist extremists – quite frankly I never knew such a thing existed, but apparently it does” the US Senator said, expressing concern about the increasing loss of religious liberties in countries of South Asia.

US Senator Marco Rubio

Speaking during the confirmation hearings of the Obama nominated Nisha Desai Biswal, who is set to replace Robert O. Blake as the next Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Rubio urged that US foreign policy should not just reflect the country’s interests, but also its values.

“In this part of the world, religious liberties are under incredible duress,” Rubio said highlighting cases of intolerance and anti-Christian violence in India, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Sri Lanka.

Rubio called for the US Government to rethink its foreign aid support to Governments of countries in which religious freedom was under grave threat.

Arizona Senator John Mccain also brought up Sri Lanka in the Q&A session Biswal had to face before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in order to have her appointment confirmed. Mccain said that human rights abuses taking place in Sri Lanka were rising to a level that was very disturbing. “Is the US active enough in condemning the ongoing human rights abuses,” Mccain asked the nominee.

Biswal responded that Senator Mccain’s assessment “comports” with her understanding of the situation in Sri Lanka. “The US has made clear that we believe that if Sri Lanka does not address through its own internal processes that there will be increasing calls for international processes to address these issues,” Biswal told the Committee.

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    Churches were never attacked. There is a new wave of self appointed Pastors who are duping people into their “folds”. They are against all the established Churches who have been peacefully allowed to exist even after Independence. Religious Freedom is never under threat in Sri Lanka and a good example is that the Church of England has a place of worship adjoining the sacred Temple of the Tooth in Kandy.

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      Church in Angulana was attacked recently and last week a Church in Meegoda, close to Homagama was also attacked – Colombo Telegraph also published a photograph showing the damaged Church. A Church in Weliveriya was also attacked by the army.

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      Knee jerk one off.C.E Seee.

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      No threat for religious free freedom and for interference of the activities conducted by BBS, RAVANAS etc. with the blessings of god fathers of govt. they burn down statues, churches, mosques and also the business places of Muslims in the broad day light in the presence of police while they turn a blind eye to these activities. Inamaluwas, BBS morons are in plenty.

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      Well said, Peter Casie Chetty. Why is it that the United States only highlights attacks on churches – be it in Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, Indonesia or elsewhere? Why not focus on the intolerance of the bigoted born again Christians too? Look at South Korea where Christians desecrated Buddhist temples until two or three years ago. Or Fiji which witnessed a rabid Christian right which fortunately got muzzled by that country’s military strong man – Bainimarama. Or some of the African countries – like Rwanda where the church was complicit in the genocide of Tutsis!

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      Ask the people in Kandy first (before you write) how trash was being thrown over the wall into the Anglican Church’s compound by monks. Is that peaceful coexistence?

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    Peter, wake-up, this is not just attacks on new churches these are attacks against even the well established churches including the catholic churches.
    And your statement regarding duping is extremely immature and disappointing, i am coming from an established church and i have seen the good and wonderful things happening in some of these churches you are so eager to ‘categorize’ as ‘duping’
    Do you know how ‘well established churches’ came to being established?? please i urge you to read the history of churches from the 1st century to current. you will enjoy it and be better for it

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    Whatever the case, Buddhist extremism is out of control in Sri Lanka. Even the Defence Secretary that won the war against the ruthless terrorists is unable and impotent when it comes to reigning control of these saffron clas thug-monks! So we do have a problem in this regard and it is serious due to the inability of GOSL to enforce the law and keep these extremists out of the streets and out of places of worship!

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    Nisha Desai Biswal? no problem MR will buy him out!

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      Its a woman

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    Christians are saying Religious expansion and the Religious practices are the same.

    In their religion, conversion and expansion are part of the religion.

    In our doctrine, there is no expansion. Religion is there you to understand and follow and not to force you on that or manipulate or cheat you so that you accept it.

    There should not be tolerance for fraudulent or deceiving ways of Religious expansion. That is what Some Sri Lankans are doing.

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      Doesnt it tell you to kidnap murder and lie to the teeth.

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    watch this videoS . kaavi terrorist are attacking CHURCH in SRI LANKA..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PykosGP3VuU

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

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      How many were arrested and prosecuted? Absence of rule of law is a grave injustice to the law abiding tax paying citizens of Sri Lanka. The public pays all forms of taxes for security and safety. If the government fails, the people should take private measures to protect places of worship and their businesses.

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    Surprised at Peter’s come back.I am a christian not of the ‘new christian’religion as mentioned by some of you.So what? whether old or new it is left to each individual to follow a religion he likes best.None of anybody’s buisnes is it.?
    In todays world there are no strings attached nor is there ‘forced conversion’.

    We are talking of a civilized Sri Lanka aren’t we?So what are we trumpeting about,that people are being converted.
    Give the people some credit for their decision making.

    Unless we have terrible poverty in the southern villages and the poor villagers are flocking to the church to get a miracle performed.So they are fed and clothed.We do give our clothes to the salvation army etc.Does it mean they are converting people.

    Just stop this mean streak in you guys.I don’t have the urge to run to any charismatic church.

    Respect those people who are seeking an answer.If they don’t get it they will return.
    Attacking,burning churches is vile and despicable.This is a cult behaviour to destroy.Get rid of it.
    Today it is our sacred churches tomorrow it will be our sacred HOMES.Beware.

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    US policy is to leverage conflicts to their advantage. Sri Lanka is not resource rich to pick at the moment.

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    “.. “The US has made clear that we believe that if Sri Lanka does not address through its own internal processes that there will be increasing calls for international processes to address these issues,” Biswal told the Committee..”

    For how many more long years are you going to play with these words and not act in the greater interest of both the local people and your own principles? We need actions from you and not words!

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    Mr.Senetor,It was not in Sri lanka that 30 odd gasoline soaked Korans were found. They were found in your neighbourhood in florida. Talk about religous tolerence! After US Gov.sponered 9/11 we know how the muslims were treated in the USA.
    No use pretending anymore senetor you HR mask has fallen by the way side and now we see who you for what you really are!!!
    Would like to take the oppotunity to thank secretary Blake for his untiring(unsuccessful)efforts to drag Sri Lanka down the drain wish his successor all the best in that endevour!!!

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      I agree with you NAK,US is trying to put blames on Sri Lanka without looking at their own dirt things and there is no such attacks done by Buddhist extremists to Churches in Sr Lanka.

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      GOTA IS THE PATRON OF BUDDHIST TERRORISM

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