Causing religious hatred is an offence: Errant politicians exploit race and religion for personal gain – Faiszer Musthapha
Posted on June 28th, 2014

by Uditha Kumarasinghe Courtesy Sunday Observer

Deputy Investment Promotion Minister Faiszer Musthapha said that race and religion had unfortunately become a strategy for some politicians to promote themselves causing irreparable damage to national reconciliation and harmony.

Race and religion are the ideal forum for a politician to market himself, especially if he is not a seasoned politician who considers the country’s development, youth or skills and moreover, if doesn’t want to do anything tangible to improve people’s lives. The best marketing strategy is to go by one’s race, religion and ask for his share rather than saying that somebody is transgressing his rights, the Minister told the Sunday Observer yesterday.

This is dangerous as the dividends of peace need to be used for national reconciliation and harmony. During the war against terrorism, we all worked collectively to defeat the menace. Unfortunately what is taking place in certain quarters today is regrettable, the Deputy Minister said.

Some people who support certain international agendas wittingly or unwittingly help propagate racism. People who propagate racism play into their hands. It is regrettable that some politicians add fuel to fire. The objective of certain parties was to spread hatred is evident from their statements on the recent incidents at Aluthgama and Beruwala.

When one fans religious hatred, extremists in other communities respond accordingly. At the same time, if one spreads religious hatred there is a hurt factor in it, he said.

Causing religious hatred is an offence. At times certain sections of the media too propagate religious hatred. Hence the rule of law should be enforced in the country. Any organisation which fans religious hatred should be banned,” the Deputy Minister said

4 Responses to “Causing religious hatred is an offence: Errant politicians exploit race and religion for personal gain – Faiszer Musthapha”

  1. Nanda Says:

    There is no doubt Islaam ha become most evil and thus hatred religion of the world. It is up them to prove it is not evil.
    This is not racism. This the fight against racism by a religion which it self is THE RACISM.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    So that means SL MUSLIM congress and TAMIL national aliens must be punished for inciting racism.

    Call a spade a spade.

    BBS is NOT a political party for Christ’s sake!

  3. AnuD Says:

    If causing religious is hatred, Old testament of the bible and the whole quran, what those say ?

    For example, does quran say any where love infidels, Kafirs etc., etc ?

  4. AnuD Says:

    Sorry, If causing religious hatred is criminal ….and is offensive….

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