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A ‘Hidden Agenda’ behind the revival of halal protests - Editorial

2013-11-01 04:50:04
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Bodu Bala Sena recently told media that their priority is Halal. This is quite a statement, one would say, given the issues the country is currently afflicted with. The ever- increasing cost of living, the law and order which has continued to go down the drain, the rocketing number of rape and child abuse cases and the newest fiasco, luxury casinos, appeared to have not disturbed the so-called protectors of the Buddha Sasana.



" So it is ironic that Bodu Bala Sena is prioritising the halal issue (if there has been any issue before Bodu Bala Sena started a campaign against it) on the government’s attempt to set up casinos. Are they saying that halal is more important that what the Buddha taught? "



 Isn’t it strange, one would question. Indeed it is. Gambling is a vice Lord Buddha disparaged upon and preached to the followers of his philosophy to distance themselves from any kind of gambling activities which cause self-deterioration, both physically and mentally.

 Despite the Government withdrawing the Casino Bill (Strategic Development Bill) from the Parliament, all indications are there that they will table it again with reforms and go ahead with the plans of making Sri Lanka an entertainment hub, as they say, for high spending tourists.

 But strangely enough, Lord Buddha in his scriptures has never talked about banning halal or wearing of hijabs. Those who have an understanding of what Buddhist philosophy is know that Buddhism is all about freedom and tolerance. Lord Buddha never pours scorn on other religions or their practices and particularly didn’t ask the kings to ban them.

 So it is ironic that Bodu Bala Sena is prioritising the halal issue (if there has been any issue before Bodu Bala Sena started a campaign against it) on the government’s attempt to set up casinos. Are they saying that halal is more important that what the Buddha taught?

 Bodu Bala Sena says their fight against halal is to protect Buddhism and Sri Lanka’s culture nurtured by Buddhist values.

Our question is shouldn’t they launch a fight against the setting up of casinos by private parties with the aegis of the Government, which could damage the society, culture and the country’s Buddhist values in a bigger way in the long term?

Is the recent revival of Bodu Bala Sena’s halal protest a diversion of the public eye from what’s really happening in the country?


  Comments - 2

  • hks Friday, 1 November 2013 08:03

    BBS means nothing but BAHU BUTHA SENAWA for many Buddhists !

    Reply : 1       2

    willows Friday, 1 November 2013 08:50

    well said totally agree with you DM

    Reply : 1       1

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