Christianizing of Sri Lanka – UNP’s Betrayal of Buddhism
Posted on August 5th, 2015

Shenali D Waduge

Andrew Sparkes the British envoy to Nepal sparked controversy in demanding the right to convert be included into Nepals new constitution. The Pope has vowed to convert 100million non-Christians to Christianity by 2025. Both West’s & the Vaticans objectives compliment a ‘Look East Policy’ mirroring colonial rule with gun in one hand and Bible in the other. Do non-Christians have a right to worry when Theravada Buddhist Asia is now targeted? Yes but slogans of reconciliation, multiculturalism, multi-faith using international agencies/envoys shoot down these concerns. However secularism is no license for conversion. The statistics are alarming. The Centre for the Study of Global Christianity declares Nepal to be the fastest Christianity growing country in the world, followed by China, UAE, Saudi Arabia & Qatar. How has the UNP contributed to realization of Christianizing/Evangelizing Sri Lanka?

The role of the Church in Sri Lanka

From the time the Portuguese landed in Sinhale in 1505 the Church’s mission was anti-Sinhala Buddhist and anti-national. The Church together with the Portuguese, Dutch and the British set out to oppress indigenous religions – Buddhism and Hinduism. Compulsory conversions was a form of terrorism used that led to converting or facing death and destructions to kovils and temples. Portuguese historian Queroyz lists down the temples that were destroyed and on top of which Churches are erected. Colonialism and conversions became trojan horses to plunder continents of Asia, Africa, Middle East and Latin America with the goal to indoctrinate followers to look down on local traditions, values, national heritage, indigenous religion and look at history from the prism of the benefits that the West delivered. Indigenous heroes and patriots were taught to be despised.

The Church succeeded in alienating a chunk of the native populace away from their heritage steering them to function as surrogates & fifth columnists and not showing the qualities of kshatriyas (patriotic warriors). They have been turned into sepoys or mercenaries of the Church/West. The question of where the allegiance of these converted Catholics lies whether to the State or to the wishes of the Vatican is often shrouded in controversy.

In China, local Catholics are debarred from dealing with the Vatican to ensure Chinese Catholics integrate with Chinese culture/nationalism. In Sri Lanka we can recall the Catholic Action that led to the failed military coup by Christian military officers in 1962. The allegations of the Church links to the LTTE on behalf of the West through Christian NGOs as well as LTTE front heads who are Fathers and have openly compared Prabakaran with Jesus without any objections from the Vatican.

The US Govt through the USAID allocates billions to over 50,000 faith-based organizations with the specific task to convert.

UK-linked Wahhabi Islam uses $100billon to export extremist Wahhabi Islam to purposely cause disharmony and give West a foothold.

UNP – anti-Sinhala/anti-Buddhist

The oldest national political party in Sri Lanka is the United National Party. Its leader D S Senanayake is fondly known as the Father of the Nation. Immediate post-independent leaders of Sri Lanka were virtually all Christian/Catholic. English education was only for the converted and missionary education was able to create natives loyal to Western dogma/ideology/values and even dress! Thus the absence of calls to reverse discrimination to the Sinhale nation/Sinhala Buddhists.

The UK’s unwritten constitution follows a political tradition that makes the Queen the Head of the Church of England who appoints 15 representatives of the Church of England to the House of Lords. If so, why are efforts being made to subtly remove the foremost place given to Buddhism and right to reclaim Sri Lanka as a Buddhist nation? When Tony Blair a Catholic became Prime Minister the first thing he did was to convert to Protestant which is moreorless what the Catholic UNP leaders did in converting or pretending to be Buddhists for political relevance. One month before he left office Blair reconverted to Catholicism again and questions the ceremonial Buddhist politicians of Sri Lanka! Bands of pirith nool tied around wrists do not make politicians Buddhists.

Evidence of UNP’s pro-Christian links

  • UNP leader unchallenged since 1994 is a Christian and only a Buddhist for cosmetic purposes.
  • His preferred advisors and close friends are all evangelists and pro-Christians
  • Ranil Wickremasinghe is the Vice Chairmen of the IDU and Chairman of the Asia Pacific Democratic Union. The International Democrat Union(IDU) is an international grouping of conservative and Christian democratic political parties. Formed in 1983, the IDU provides a forum in which political parties holding similar beliefs can come together and exchange views on matters of policy and organizational interest, in order that they might act cooperatively, establish contacts, and present a unified voice toward the promotion of center-right policies across the globe
  • No sooner the UNP Leader became Prime Minister in 2001 the Buddha Statue that was placed in front of Sirikotha from the time of the late Senanayakes was relocated.
  • His first achievement after taking office was to sign a ceasefire agreement on 22 Feb 2002 drafted by Evangelical Norway endorsed by LTTE placing these terrorists on par with a legitimate elected Government and giving territory to these terrorists and claiming he had done a wonderful achievement!
  • When Ranil Wickramasinghe became Prime Minister in 2001 he appointed a Cabinet of Ministers of whom over 60% were Christians by faith in a country where over 70% were Buddhists and by the same equation how he came into power!
  • In 2001 for the 7.5% Christians and 8% Muslims, Ministry of Christian Affairs & Ministry for Muslim Affairs was created. The same has been done in his 2015 manifesto. No country in the world has such Ministries for such numbers!
  • In 2001 he appointed John Amaratunga as Minister in charge of Interior Affairs under whom Public Security and Police, as well as the Dept of Immigration & Emigration came so Visas were freely granted to inbound Evangelists to spread the faith. He was also made the Minister of Christian Affairs.
  • Under this Minister, the Police were instructed to ensure that the whole month of December was celebrated for Christmas with lighting. The same portfolio has been given in 2015.
  • Under Ranil’s rule in 2001 Buddhist ceremonies were given step-motherly treatment and in some cases directives were given not to issue permits for loudspeakers even for important Buddhist functions like Wesak and Poson
  • In 2001 illegal prayer centers around the country were given police protection in residential areas – Police were instructed to ignore complaints made by Buddhists when they complained about illegal religious activities
  • During this same period no attention was paid to excavation thefts of Buddhist artifacts and destruction of Buddhist archaeological sites as the Minister of Christian Affairs was also in charge of Public Security and no surprise fast forward to 2015 the UNP leader has appointed the same person as Minister for both portfolios once again!
  • The pattern continued with the appointments to the State Rupavahini & Radio station to ensure Buddhist opinion and voice was drowned in 2001 with the same occurring now in 2015 and with each year the incursions gained a success to the Christian bloc and a loss to the Buddhists! Enumerate that into future and lack of opposition to foretell what the ultimate outcome is targeted to be!
  • In 2002 the Prime Minister, the Media Minister and the Lakehouse had to extend an apology to the Maha Sangha for a mischievous attempt to challenge the authenticity of the relics enshrined in the sacred Temple of the Tooth with a group of non-Buddhist writers preparing an article issued under a Muslim writer who was fired from his post later. numerous attempts have been made using Christian/Muslim writers to denigrate Buddhists/Buddhism in both state & private print & electronic media. Virtually all editors are non-Buddhists and regular columnists are non-Buddhists as well. None of the published news is in proportion to the 70% Buddhist populace.
  • The present editor of the Sunday Observer was the same editor in 2002 that published the article under a Muslim journalist! Present editors of Sunday Observer and Daily News are Christians. We can previously recall another editor who forced Lakehouse staff to attend Bible classes!
  • Catholic Archbishop Rt.Rev. Oswild Gomis was appointed Chancellor of Colombo University; permission was granted for Christian Evangelical groups to conduct “Open Air Prayer Healing ” sessions in close proximity to Buddhist temples so that Buddhist ceremonies would be drowned by the loudspeaker noises of the healing sessions
  • In 2005 possibly to prop up his vote, the UNP Leader launched a book on Buddhism which was challenged to a debate by JHU Ven. Omalpe Sobhitha Thero which the UNP leader did not accept and not surprisingly for someone who does not know what ‘pasdun korale’ is!
  • Then in 2005, the Archbishop of Colombo Rev. Oswald Gomis and the Golden Key crook Lalith Kotelawala inserted an advertisement titled ‘Christians Awake’ making a veiled request for Christians and Catholics not to vote for Mahinda Rajapakse at the Presidential Election. This same Mahinda Rajapakse inspite of requests not to, invited the Pope to bless Sri Lanka but was not President to accept the invitee because the Catholics/Christians did not vote for him! The Church has come out again subtly telling Christians/Catholics who to vote!
  • Numerous other Catholic priests openly side with the LTTE and have joined LTTE supporters to write to UN to press for war crimes charges against those who liberated the nation from terrorism.
  • Ranils selected Minister of Women & Children’s Affairs was distributing Bibles to a school in Maligakanda where the students were almost entirely Buddhist and Muslim The same minister is soliciting funds to convert as ‘Born Again’ many
  • UNP Leader visited Portugal and personally invited the Prime Minister to  to visit Sri Lanka in 2005 to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Portuguese colonization of Sri Lanka (and entry of Christianity to this country); totally ignoring the murders  committed by the Portuguese in Sri Lanka and the destruction of temples & kovils on top of which churches are today erected.
  • In 2007 Jeyraj Fernandopulle said Like me, Ranil Wickremesinghe and Ravi karunanayaka were born Christians. It is wrong for them to use the accusing finger at a priest of a different religion and call him names.” When Ranil attacked Venerable Ellawela Medhananda over a vehicle registration.
  • In 2010 the All Island Monks Organisation accused Ranil W of insulting Buddhism
  • In 2012 Ranil Wickremasinghe claimed that the Kapilavasthu relics were those of Sariputta and Moggallana (the 2 disciples of Buddha) though Buddhists believe the relics are those of Buddha!
  • Key UNP MPs openly denounce Buddhism going so far as to publicly declare that the Buddhist identity of Sri Lanka needs to be replaced.
  • UNP has paid only lip service to occasions where Buddhists have faced attack ex: Bangladesh, Thailand, Myanmar and even in India
  • UNP has never been the voice for the Buddhist heritage/history of Sri Lanka though majority of UNP supporters are Sinhala Buddhists
  • Sri Lanka media is in the hands of pro-Christian editors who all take pains to promote UNP policies and politicians and denigrate Buddhists/Buddhism (content analysis of editorials / selected writers and their writings / themes etc will reveal this clearly though examples have been given in the Press Commission Report of 1964 and warrants a fresh commission)
  • Majority of influential middle class Catholics extend support to UNP whatever policies it holds in view of their allegiance to the Church neglecting the risk
  • The Christian Law & Order Minister seeking Rs.300m from China in exchange for review of Port City to renovate the Thewatte Church that has been long accused of distorting history.

This cartoon sealed the fate of the UNP in 1956


It depicted Sir John Kotelawala riding an elephant (the symbol of the UNP) pointing a spear at the Buddha statue. Accompanying Sir John was people dressed in western garb drinking and dancing (Western Liberalism slowly attempting to remove the Buddhist cultural heritage of Sri Lanka) in the foreground was a calf killed and ready to be barbecued…(Buddhists have been appealing against animal slaughter in keeping with Buddhas preaching to treat Man and Animal equally) – the characters can easily be replaced by present day UNP leaders and the message hasn’t changed much! This cartoon shook the Sinhala Buddhists

The West are now using UNP to evangelize Sri Lanka in a larger Asian plan that is targeting the Theravada Buddhist nations that are covering China. This requires that Sri Lanka be alert as well as project the plans in place and expose the West-Church links and their puppets in Sri Lanka. What Buddhists and converted Christians must understand is that these imperialistic efforts have nothing to do with teachings of Christianity (in whatever form) but Christianity is being used as a tool to firstly enrich the Church and create loyal Asian/African foot soldiers loyal to Western Christian hegemony out of the Third World.

Not many countries can boast of a civilizational history as long as Sri Lanka. The glorious past seen in monumental ancient relics/artefacts/archaeological sites cannot be allowed to be destroyed or its history distorted because other faiths do not have such rich past to be proud of and a religion not based on myths but scientifically proven. For jealousy and spite our country cannot become victim for ethno-religious demographic change or become the ground to destroy fellow nations!

Devo vassatu kalena – May gods give rain in due season

Sasa sampatti hotuca  – May the crops be bountiful

Pito bhavatu lokoca – May the people be happy

Raja bhavatu dhammiko – May the king be righteous

 Only those who value & wish to preserve the nations historical past will foresee the dangers and endeavour to protect it from destruction

Shenali D Waduge

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17 Responses to “Christianizing of Sri Lanka – UNP’s Betrayal of Buddhism”

  1. Hiranthe Says:

    Fantastic Shenali,

    Your hard work in researching all these is commendable. Thanks for exposing these rogues.

    Also your idea of adding the cartoon is clever.

    Hope our sleeping Buddhists will get the message. They have been mislead by Malwathu Asgiri and Sobhitha and Ratana Theroes.

    Mother Lanka will be proud of you!!

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    Thank you, Shenali for being in the forefront in the DEFENCE of Sri Lanka’s IMMORTAL Buddhist Heritage!

    Furthermore, in addition to recognizing the attempts of Foreign Powers to destroy Buddhism in Sri Lanka, let us see this in the CONTEXT OF THEIR WIDER GOALS worldwide!

    As we saw in the defeat by the Minorities of the UPFA Government of Sri Lanka on January 8, 2015, these Minorities, EGGED ON & FUNDED by FOREIGN POWERS to serve Foreign Interests against the National Interest, NOW serve as FIFTH COLUMNS and PROXIES within the country.

    NOW, they have acquired to ability to OVERTURN popular governments supported by the Majority of the Citizens of a Country, by DOMINATING the MEDIA and INCESSANTLY DISSEMINATING False Anti-National Propaganda.

    We saw this not only in Sri Lanka, but in the so-called “Arab Spring” that destabilized, overturned and sowed UTTER CHAOS in a large number of TARGETED countries, PITTING CITIZENS AGAINST EACH OTHER. This is the NEW FACE of Neo-Colonialism … the Bible and the Sword of yesterday’s Colonialists, has now transformed into the Bible, the Internet and the UN/ICC of today!

    Patriotic Majority communities in third world nations have to BECOME ACUTELY AWARE of the NEW STRATEGIES & TOOLS being DEPLOYED by Foreigners to more effectively use their OLD TROJAN HORSES, and RESEARCH & DEVELOP new NATIONAL DEFENSES needed to COMBAT and FRUSTRATE these moves, moves which THREATEN to RE-ENSLAVE third world countries to the Neo-Colonial Yoke! They COMMAND, but MUST we OBEY?

  3. Ananda-USA Says:

    Thank you Shenali for telling the TRUTH as it is, without MINCING WORDS!

    The Sinhala Buddhist of Sri Lanka form the PROTECTIVE SHIELD under which the Sovereignty of Sri Lanka is PRESERVED.

    If the Sinhala Buddhists are divided, that shield becomes TOO WEAK TO RESIST the sword thrusts of Sri Lanka’s enemies continually attempting the penetrate our DEFENSES.

    On that DAY OF INFAMY, January 8, 2015, 200 years after that PREVIOUS DAY OF INFAMY on March 14, 1815 when Sri Lanka lost her CROWN, the Sinhala Buddhist GOT CONFUSED at to where HIS DUTY LAY; that day MUST NEVER BE REPEATED! NEVER AGAIN!

    Today, Our Motherland’s enemies, both internal and external, are AGAIN ASSAULTING the electoral gates to deliver the COUP-DE-GRACE to our heroes who fell on that DAY OF INFAMY on January 8, 2015.

    INSTEAD, let the EVER PATRIOTIC Sinhala Buddhists of Heladiva RISE AGAIN, asipatha held aloft, and cut off the HEADS of these Anti-National TRAITORS, RESTORING Mother Lanka’s CROWN to her hallowed head!

    Untold GENERATIONS of our DESCENDENTS will ask us what we did on August 17, 2015 to PROTECT, DEFEND and PRESERVE our Motherland for them, as our ancestors did for us.

    CAST YOUR VOTE for President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the United Peoples Freedom Alliance on August 17, 2015, and REGAIN our LOST NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY!



    To the ALWAYS FAITHFUL Patriots,

    A Heartfelt Tribute in Gratitude!

    Semper Fidelis, Patriots of Lanka

    By Ananda-USA

    Our Motherland, resplendent Sri Lanka,
    Hallowed be thy name!
    Thy children flock today to vote,
    To preserve thy immortal flame!

    The Lion Flag flutters proudly aloft,
    To remind us this freedom’s day!
    Our duty to keep thee, safe and strong,
    As our forefathers did yesterday!

    A Mahinda Rajapaksa by deed and word,
    Strode forth boldly to eternal fame!
    To lead his people to a safer world,
    When all others retreated in shame!

  4. Lorenzo Says:

    Without Christian votes we cannot win Colombo, Gampaha and Puttlam districts.

    My main goal is to get AS MANY VOTES for UPFA and MR team.

    A good article by SW but please understand AT THIS TIME, it is NOT helping MR win AS MANY VOTES as he can.

  5. Son of Lanka Says:

    A comparison of the Census Population data for 1981 and 2012 shows that the Buddhist Population and the Muslim Population had average annual growth rates of 1.1% and 1.9% respectively during this 31-year period. Certain groups, for reasons best known to them, used these figures to depict the Muslims as posing a threat to the Buddhist Population in Sri Lanka, thereby deflecting the attention of the Buddhists from the true threat. Bear in mind that this was at a time when anti-Muslim sentiments were at a high in our Motherland so it would not have been too difficult to divert attention to details.
    What these groups did not reveal is that during this same period, the non-Roman Catholic Christian Population (comprising mainly of Evangelical Christians) grew by a whopping 3.2% annually on an average.
    This means that for every 100 Buddhists / 100 Muslims / 100 non-RC Christians in 1981, there would have been 139 Buddhists, 176 Muslims and 257 non-RC Christians in 2012.
    The question now is whether under a a future UNP Government, our Motherland will witness a further explosion in the growth of non-RC Christians.

  6. Christie Says:

    Namaste Shenali: all of are falling in to the Indian trap. This anti Muslim and anti Christian propaganda is a part of the Indian plan in the island nation. It succeeded in Bringing in SWRD a Christian by birth. I don’t call most of our so called Buddhists are Buddhists, they are Hindufied Buddhists. Jai Hind

    You people are setting up the Stage for an election win for the Indian Empire and Indian Colonial Parasites.

  7. Christie Says:

    ශෙනාලි සහ මේවගේ ලියන අය බොහොම ඉක්මනට බ්‍රක්ම ලෝකෙට යාවි. ඉන්දියානු ජඩයින්ටයි, පරපෝසිතයන්ටයි අදිරදවාදීන්ටයි මේ මැතිවරනයත් දිනන්න පාර හදනවාට.ඉක්මනට බ්‍රක්ම ලෝකෙටයාවි

  8. Ananda-USA Says:

    BACKSTABBER LTTE Operative LORENZO absurdly LIES “My main goal is to get AS MANY VOTES for UPFA and MR team.”!

    Yesterday you were trying to get AS MANY VOTES for the YAMAPALANAYA Gang! Who is GOING to believe YOU now, LORENZO? Who are you trying VAINLY to FOOL? US??? WE KNOW YOU from A to Z, remember???


  9. Christie Says:

    Hi Son of Lanka, what about the massive rise of sons of Ilankei. No one talks about the massive rise of Tamils and other Indian colonial parasites in the island or the so called Buddhists who visit Kovils and build Kovils.

  10. charithsls Says:

    I wonder why we cannot expose RW through a fake journalist ,as happens in the West or getting a copy of his BC.This should b

  11. charithsls Says:

    Sorry about it, Keep fighting Shenali,we need to expose these rogue leaders who are ruining our country & religion.
    Unfortunately MR’s better half I assume is Christian who should have been the force on MR to invite the pope.
    But I agree with Lorenzo, our efforts at this juncture should be to get votes as many as possible as there is no guarantee that Maithri faction will not join UNP to form a national govt. I thought from the beginning whatever the differences are there ,to forget & forgive & offer the olive branch to get JHU JVP SF BBS etc on our side. At least they are Buddhists. Dayan, Rajiva are Christians who should try their best to get a slice of their votes. First & foremost a resounding win is the goal now. After the election our campaigns should intensify to get the wrongs undone.

  12. Indrajith Says:

    Once again a very informative and bold article by Shenali. Thank you very much!

    I’d like to add one more item to Shenalie’s list.

    * During previous UNF govt led by Ranil W, then Interior minister in charge of police went to Somavathiya sacred site with a team of over Christian police officers and tried to construct a catholic church there. However, he could not do it as the Buddhist residents in that area vehemently objected to John’s unethical Christian action.

    At the same time, please read the following statement by Malwatte Mahanayake.

    “Malwatte Prelate says Allegations by Opposition against UNP baseless. Asela Kuruluwansa CDN.

    The allegation by opposition parties that the country will be divided under a UNP government is completely baseless, said the Most Ven. Tibbotuwawe Sri Sidhartha Sumangala Mahanayake Thera of the Malwatte Chapter.

    “They make these hollow and baseless allegation because they are hard up for slogans to dupe voters at election time,” he said. The prelate said the previous regime did not identify the country’s needs properly in undertaking development projects.

    “If they were in power for a further period, they would have even built a port in Kandy,” he said.”

    I can’t believe how this Mahanayake is trying to whitewash Anti-Sinhala, Buddhist Ranil W and his Christian gang. A real disgrace to Malwatte Chapter!

  13. Indrajith Says:

    The line 4 should be corrected as “over 500 Christian police officers”. Sorry for the typo error!

  14. Lorenzo Says:

    Our main goal now should be to GET AS MANY VOTES FOR MR TEAM AS WE CAN. Not to divide it.

    I appeal to REAL PATRIOTS not to be fooled by USA agents who plotted MR’s defeat from WITHIN. They want the SL cricket team to WIN but they don’t want Angelo Matthews to score runs because he is a Christian!!

    The nation is in danger. We cannot fight among us. We have to muster EVERY VOTE we can get for MR. KICK OUT USA agents trying to DIVIDE MR’s votes. They are the BIGGEST enemies of MR. They tell MR to JUMP from a mountain top saying angels will come and save him!! DON’T fall for them. They have NOT been to ANY election work in SL. Not even pasted a single bill for MR. Just talk BS. I have got bills for 12 KEY districts printed and distributed listing ONLY PRO-MR candidates so voters can choose wisely. Printing presses don’t like to print MR’s posters because of death threats from Karupaiah’s goons. It had to be done in Vavuniya and transported island-wide. I appeal others to do same LEGALLY. Few legal issues in distributing but can be done at rallies, meetings.

    If you want a RESULT you have to work hard for it.

  15. Ananda-USA Says:

    Facebook LORENZO, “We” are not fighting among us, “We” are just exposing YOU for WHO YOU REALLY ARE, and are NO LONGER ACCEPTING you as ONE OF “Us”. YOU EARNED IT … REMEMBER?? Kapish??

    Don’t PREACH to REAL PATRIOTS … YOU are NOT ONE OF THEM! ” Get as many VOTES for MR TEAM as we can …. WHO? YOU? Get a Life! Go away and HAUNT Facebook AGAIN!

  16. Ananda-USA Says:

    MAKE NO MISTAKE … If the UNP wins, the ABOVE SCENARIO of DIVISION of Sri Lanka into a PATCHWORK of Ethno-Religious Bantustans will be INEVITABLE within the FIRST TERM of government by the UNPatriotic Party!

    That is DEFINITELY, beyond a SHADOW OF DOUBT, what is AT STAKE in this General Election!


    Mey DUSHTA DARUNU kriyakalapaya sampoornayenma uduradamawu!

    Apey maubimey ekiya bhawaya than randhi athtney obey atheyei!

    Maubimey sathuranta chandaya dunnoth, aniwareyen heta obta walapenna, kandulusalanna, wevi!


  17. Fran Diaz Says:

    Lanka’s chief Buddhist priests could be ‘bought & scared’ ?

    This is part of the ‘divide & rule’ old Brit Raj methods, now resurrected via Ranil’s UNP Palliya ?

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