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
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?