Monday, December 11, 2006

Persecution in Sri Lanka

Christians often face attacks by atheist Communists in China, by Hindus in certain areas of India and by Muslims all over the world. Now there is a report from Sri Lanka that Christians are coming under violent attack by Buddhists who are normally peaceful. You can read the entire article in Assist News Service but excerpts appear below:

"SRI LANKA (ANS) -- Amid growing violence in Sri Lanka that Church leaders have likened to the “killing fields” of Cambodia, Christians in the island are facing increased persecution from Buddhist extremists, Release International has reported."

"According to a story carried by TamilNet (, Christians in Sri Lanka are appealing to the international community for help, RI which monitors persecution of churches around the world, said."

"Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) also says Christians in Sri Lankan are facing more intense persecution as mob violence becomes an increasingly visible trend in the country."

"Violence and militancy are not normally associated with Buddhism, which is usually seen as peaceful,” says RI’s Chief Executive, Andy Dipper."

"But in Sri Lanka religion has become mixed with politics and nationalism - creating a toxic brew of hatred and fear. And Christians are often caught right in the middle - as so often happens when a nation slides towards civil war."

"Extremists believe this country belongs to the Sinhala Buddhists, and if you are a true Sri Lankan you must be a Buddhist,” Godfrey Yogarajah, the General Secretary of the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL), Christian Today reported."

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