» 09/16/2013, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Sinhalese Buddhist radicals attack Protestant church
A monk and four of his followers attacked the Pentecostal community in Meegoda, accusing its pastor of "forced conversions" and of "destroying" Buddhist culture. The police have ignored the complaints of Christians. "The attack is unmotivated," Buddhist Lawyer said. "As a Buddhist, I feel embarrassed because real Buddhism is not about attacking and killing."
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Card. Ranjith against the aggressive proselytism of Protestant Churches in Sri Lanka
The Archbishop of Colombo has asked the government to set up a commission to oversee the work of inter-religious evangelical groups in the country. Perplexity in the Catholic world: these communities do not understand the complexity and delicacy of evangelism in Sri Lanka, but it is not fair to ask for state intervention. The evangelical pastors reject allegations of forced conversions.
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Anti-conversion bill: minorities fear restrictions on religious freedom
Tabled in January by a party led by Buddhist monks, the draft law could be adopted before the end of next month. Its purpose is to stop people from changing religion under pressure or in exchange of economic advantages. A similar bill had been presented in 2004 but failed after the Supreme Court found it unconstitutional. Protestant Churches have already mobilised against the bill; Catholics are concerned about it and waiting for their bishops to take a stand.
Mosque bombed in the South: 16 wounded
This time a Muslim place of worship is targeted by unrest; authorities say the aim is to provoke religious tensions: “They want to frighten moderate Muslims who are willing to collaborate with authorities to stop the violence”.
09/06/2015 SRI LANKA
Military building Buddhist temples against local wishes in northern Sri Lanka
Christian and Hindu Tamils are the only residents. According to them, the government is trying to "appease" majority Sinhalese. For Catholic activist, this action is “dishonest".
02/10/2014 SRI LANKA - MYANMAR
Alliance between radical Burmese and Sri Lankan monks will "destroy true Buddhism"
Some moderate religious criticise pact between Sri Lanka's Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and Myanmar's 969 movement to "fight" Islamic fundamentalism. "For us, they are a disgrace, not real Buddhists," critics say. Both groups are responsible for violence against minority communities in their respective countries.
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