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Buddhist Christian Religious Tensions Need To be Objectively Resolved!

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Perhaps it is about time the Government of Sri Lanka stepped in to quell and ease off tensions more effectively than through token gestures over a somewhat contentious issue which has been brewing between the country's Buddhist-majority and Christian-minority which has probably peaked as an aftermath of the sudden passing away of the popular Buddhist figurehead the Ven Gangodawila Soma Thera which have unfortunately coincided with the surfacing of''unethical religious conversions" he had been campaigning against where credibilities towards the accusations have been provided by the so called fundametalist Evangelist Christian Groups funded by NGO aid.which have been taking place for sometime in Sri Lanka but have little or nothing to do with mainframe Christianity in Sri Lanka and far removed from their modus operandi!

It seems also an inappropriate time for some areas of the Buddhist Clergy to continue pressing the issue which needs great tact, patience and understanding considering the history of Christian -Buddhist relations within Sri Lanka which dates back to generations and that the common good which all religions indoctrinate within their followers cannot be compromised on the excuse of wrongly perceived immorality or assumed criminality as the Christian Church proper especially the Roman Catholic Chirch is paying a heavy price presently as indiscriminate and unreasonable rage against it by inconsiderate and rash grass roots level individuals, has seen the desecration of many churches and the destruction of sacred places of worship which on a parallel ironically seems similar to the LTTE's destruction of places of Buddhist religious worship if the analogy is drawn and the sooner the matter is resolved and the Buddhist majority is assured that it is wrong to indiscriminately target the Christian Church in Sri lanka per se, the better it would be for the Nation's well being as it would also indemnify the importance of fortifying national tranquility which if unstable could be easily taken advantage of by the subversive forces of the LTTE and their supportives lying in wait for just such an opportunity to pursue their immoral objectives!

Recent reports indicate that certain areas of the Buddhist Clergy have accused their Christian counterparts of promoting conversions to Christianity through cash and other incentives derived from NGO funding.WhileThese accusations have never been proven against the Catholic, Anglican, Methodist and Dutch Reformed Churches, the major Christian denominations which make up the fabric of Christianity comprising of 7.5% of Sri Lanka's population, there are indeed many mushroom Christian sects and fanatical groups of no greater glorification towards the Christian faith other than being fronts for business operations or impervious cults whose tactics towards augmenting their numbers do indeed consist of proselytism and somewhat impure methods devised to attract poor unsuspecting individuals by virtue of their impoverished circumstances. Therefore it is upto the Buddhist majority especially its representation in administrative capacity to percieve with understanding and set the record straight synonymously through introduced stringent legislation as preventive measures to isolate and outlaw these practises by an indiscriminate few while protecting the innocent and becalming the angered. The Buddhists in Sri Lanka account for nearly 70% of the island's 18.66 million people and attacks against the Christian Religion is a poor reflection of tolerance in the manner in which places of Christian worship are being desecrated at the present rate and does not augur well for the well being of the Nation in the long run and a matter to be resolved at the highest level.

The following rather disheartening report confirms the climate within Sri Lanka of growing religious tensions in a highly inflammatory situation which must be looked at objectively by the seat of power and the status quo which has to set the wheels of effectivity in motion towards quelling and disposing of the problem, post haste ere reprisals of a hitherto unperceived nature could compound the already unstable situation within Sri Lanka today.


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