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Buddhists Attack Sri Lanka Christian Centers

If you think Muslims are the only ones who resort to violence against Christians, then you need to view this video. Buddhist have a reputation of meditating and expressing themselves peacefully. Not so in Sri Lanka.

On Sunday, a mob led by some outraged monks decided they'd had enough of their Christian neighbors in the resort city of Hikkaduwa. They attacked and vandalized two Christian prayer centers saying they were operating illegally after administrative authorities had ordered them closed.

The prayers centers were operated by the Calvary Free Church and the Assemblies of God. They insisted the center were registered--eviction would be illegal

So, the peaceful and tolerant monks decided to take matters into their own hands and along with their followers, they pushed past police and smashed Christians signs and windows, destroyed Bibles, books and paperwork, and ransacked the prayer buildings.

A church near Colombo was also reportedly attacked.

This is nothing new for Buddhist Sri Lanka. Monks have often incited their followers to attack Christians and churches.

The nation is ranked #29 on the Opend Doors annual World Watch List.

Sri Lanka Police say they intend to arrest the attackers. The country guarantees religious freedom in its constitution, but the monks obviously haven't gotten the message.

They're goal is to reach nirvana, but apparently they first plan to eradicate Christianity from their island nation before they get there.

Print     Email to a Friend    posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 11:34 AM

Comments on this post

# RE: Buddhists Attack Sri Lanka Christian Centers

Hmmm. I am embarrassed for my Buddhist friends. I have lived and visited in Buddhist countries and always found Buddhist to be quite peaceful on an individual basis. I have had many discussions with my Buddhist friends over their animus towards their Christian neighbors. It was difficult to reconcile differences between the two groups as I was not fluent in the language. However, I did leave them with a favorable impression of a Christian by my behavior and comportment. In that sense I was an Ambassador for Christ.
All of my words fell on deaf ears, BUT my actions spoke louder than words.
LOVE THY NEIGHBOR means nothing if the words are not followed by actions.
To win them over it must be done with LOVE. Perfect love cast out all fear.
Do not fear your neighbor... Love your neighbor... Then the peace of The Lord , which surpasses all understanding, shall be yours.
Left by spartacus on Jan 17, 2014 9:54 PM

# RE: Buddhists Attack Sri Lanka Christian Centers

The time for our Lord to come back id at hand all we have to do is pray,none stop for our brother and sister all over,Bless you CBN family
Left by Chaplain Luciana as sister Lucy on Jan 20, 2014 7:31 AM