Are Forcible Religious Conversions Part
Catholic Bishop Monsignor Oswald Thomas Colman Gomis says that “We are
not in favour of the bill to prohibit forcible religious conversions
tabled by Sri Lanka’s ruling political alliance as, in our opinion,
a measure such as this limits is a restriction of fundamental human
rights.” At first glance, one is simply flabbergasted at the stance
of the Catholic Church on this issue - is Rev. Gomis saying that it
is a fundamental human right to forcibly convert people to a certain
If so, since when has it been a fundamental human right to forcibly
convert people to a certain religion?
This was the type of reasoning that was used in the genocide of the
people of South America by the invading Catholic armies, and is certainly
not in tune with any civilized mode of behaviour or attitude. Forcibly
converting people to a certain religion is not only contemptuous, but
morally wrong and should be condemned in the strongest terms by people
of all religions.
The government of Sri Lanka has decided to introduce these measures
to prevent various foreign-funded Christian NGOs and fundamentalist
Christian organisations from raking up religious discord through their
Rev. Gomis, as citizens of Sri Lanka we must ask you how is it possible
for the Catholic Church to support forcible religious conversions?
Does the Church support the use of force and fraud and in converting
By throwing its weight behind the fundamentalist organisations that
have been creating religious discord in Sri Lanka through their unethhical
activities, Rev. Gomis is playing into the hands of anti-Sri Lankan
He must be well aware of the religious harmony that existed in Sri
Lanka prior to the arrival of the Christian fundamentalists. That Rev.
Gomis would want to support activities that breach religious harmony
in Sri Lanka strikes at the heart of the Catholic Church and unfortunately,
leads us to question whether it really does have Sri Lanka's interests
The government's proposed bill is not an attack on any religion, but
merely prevents the forcible conversions of people to ANY religion.
All right thinking people would support such a bill that reinforces
and consolidates human rights.