fuel to the fire.
Mahinda Karunaratne you requested Mr. Prasad De Silva and Mr. Sumith
Perera "to keep the full stop to this useless battle over proving
each others claims and disclaims, as we have more important matters
to discuss on this forum at this crucial time of our country".
Then you went on with your verbatim about the whims and fancies of the
western Christian ideology and Neo Colonialism.
Extremists of any religion, Bhuddishm, Christianity, Moslem, Hinduism
or any faith causes dissension and confusion. It is better for us to
remember that Lord Buddha, " Omnipotent God " Jesus to Christians,
Allah to Moslems or other venerated persons all preached the same basic
teaching. To seek peace by doing good to your fellow human beings and
refraining from evil deeds Albert Einstein and other scientists and
scholars gave their views and ideas about various scientific findings.
However not one of them were able to hold back their ageing process,
predict the date of their death or time.
In Sri Lanka, no one is forced to accept any religion. We Sri Lankans
must be thankful that we have a constitution which guarantees religious
freedom. Every citizen has the right to choose and practice his/her
faith. The religion of the majority community in any nation is the state
religion, as such it is right and justifiable that Bhudism is given
this primary position. But your view that to be a Sri Lankan, you have
to be 'Sinhala Bhudist' is absolute 'bunkum'.
Mr Krunaratne, I presume you have adopted USA as your mother country.
Did you have to be Christian to be American? How many 'Swords and Guns'
were pointed at you? You and others take a swipe at "western Christian
ideology and Neo Colonialism". Some extreme western christian communities
may have overstepped their limits in their religious fervour. However
even thousands of Bhudist luminaries accept the benefits brought to
our nation by these westerners. Thousands of Sri lankans enjoy living
and working in these countries as they can enjoy the freedom that we
Mr Krunaratne, take a look at the neighbour next door, - 'Maldives'.
How many Bhuddist temples are there? Thousands of Sri Lankan, Bhuddist
men and women are employed in the middle East, are they even allowed
to practice their religion? How many of these poor women are made destitute?
How many have been converted? How many Bhuddist temples are there in
the Middle East? How many mosques are there in Sri Lanka to the number
of Muslims in the country? Senior Sri Lankan diplomats to most of the
Middle Eastern countries must be Muslims. They have stipulated this
to the government of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan government has acceded
to their requirement. If western nations take this view, and required
Sri Lanka to send only Christians as diplomats, people like you will
make a song and dance about Capitalism! Neo Colonialism! Etc. Is it
your lack of knowledge or is the 'petrolium' dollar conversions something
you swipe under the carpet. Please E-mail the Crown Prince of Saudi
Arabia and ask his opinion.
'TOLERENCE' is a virtue preached and practised by Lord Buddha. All religions
including Bhuddishm are imports to Sri Lanka and to the world as a whole.
Bhuddists, Christians, Hindus, Muslims and people of other faiths have
co-existed enjoying religious freedom, in this beautiful land of ours
Mr Krunaratne the most important issue to each and every Sri lankan,
Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim and other community, irrespective of communal,
relgious or other differences at this crucial time are LTTE terrorists
and terrorism. Let us unite in our fight against terrorism and destroy
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