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Response to 'Extremists hurt religious freedom in Sri Lanka-US' by Ramani D Wickramarathne

 

When someone responds to an article in a newspaper it is usually to criticize it. However I can find nothing to criticize in Ms Wickramarathne's article. I agree with her wholeheartedly but I don't think her appeal to Christians to play fair is going to succeed.

The Christian churches will do anything and everything to 'convert the heathen', they are not concerned about the means they use to achieve this. The nation's leaders (past and present) could have taken action to prevent it but they are more concerned with power. Therefore the only course of action left is protest. In the Sixties the Bauddha Jathika Balavegaya of L.H.Mettananda successfully campaigned against the Catholic Action Movement. Today, the JHU and some other groups are following suit.

Now a lot of people say that Buddhists should not blame the evangelists. Buddhists should give more to charity, help the poor etc so that they will not become victims of evangelism. This is rather like not blaming a thief but blaming the victim for leaving his door unlocked. It may be true that the victim has been careless in leaving a door open but that does not mean that the thief is innocent. Likewise, it may be true that Buddhists should be more charitable but this does not absolve the evangelists of guilt.

If the Churches and missionaries are left unopposed Sri Lanka will gradually become a Christian country. The temples and dagobas of our fair country will become relics of a lost civilization only of interest to archaeologists and tourists. The only time you will hear the sweet strains of the Jayamangala Gatha will be when the cd is played for some visiting VIP. This is the logical outcome of unopposed evangelism. The Pope himself has declared that Asia should be Christianised in this millennium. Is this what the Sinhalese Buddhists want?


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