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The Religious Affairs Ministry intends to introduce a legislation that enables authorities concerned to take action against anyone distorting the original teachings of the four main religions- Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity, officials said yesterday.

Ministry Secretary M.K.B. Dissanayake told the Daily Mirror that a dialogue with the relevant stakeholders had been initiated in this regard to introduce such a law in the country.  However, Mr. Dissanayake said the Ministry is yet to identify modalities for a mechanism to curb distortions of original teachings of the main religions.

“It is a difficult task. We are yet to draft the bill to be presented in Parliament,” he said.

In Sri Lanka, there are cases where various religious cults have been formed challenging the original teachings. 
 
Asked whether a new law would be introduced to deal with sacrilegious items   being imported to the country, he said such activities should be curbed through the normal law of this country only. (Kelum Bandara)
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  • Walter Wednesday, 27 March 2013 06:13 AM

    That was the very first distortion of great teachings of Lord Buddha.

    xlntgson Thursday, 28 March 2013 01:37 AM

    Political parties are cults! The leaders encourage worshipping them and follow blindly.

    Dalubanda Wednesday, 27 March 2013 04:31 AM

    According to the TV telecast of one channel today , Venarable Uduwe Dammaloka Thera has presented his opinion that the Load Buddha (Prince Siddartha) born in SriLanka ? Saadu Saadu.

    Fazli Wednesday, 27 March 2013 04:31 AM

    hectic task, but lets start it !

    SMN Thursday, 28 March 2013 01:39 AM

    Nothing will happen.

    Sammy Wednesday, 27 March 2013 02:26 AM

    Original teachings have already been distorted in forming the various organised religions. However, I guess what is meant is the further distortion of what has already been accepted for the past many centuries.

    Treehorse Wednesday, 27 March 2013 02:28 AM

    Mr Ministry is trying to instigate this issue further.

    Concerned Wednesday, 27 March 2013 06:18 AM

    For Christians, the True Interpreter is the HOLY SPIRIT alone, and not any one else.

    Gamini Wednesday, 27 March 2013 12:10 PM

    All the religions are cults.They don't like devotees converting to other religions.

    malcolm x Saturday, 30 March 2013 03:23 PM

    Premalal,That's a good point for a start.

    saman Wednesday, 27 March 2013 02:42 AM

    Buddhism should be the only formal religion of Sri Lanka. The rest should have the freedom to practice their believes.

    Asela Wednesday, 27 March 2013 06:43 AM

    Premalal, If you do not know anything please do not show it to others. When you speak it reflects.

    Kamal Wednesday, 27 March 2013 02:51 AM

    Please don't do this. This will be very much destroying Buddhism. Buddhism encourages free thinking. Many people as of now have distorted views of Buddhism. Only though dialogue, discussion, exploration the truth can be found. Furthermore, Buddha had said not to trust even what he says, but explore and figure out. If a law is brought to curb the discussion, free thinking and discussion is discouraged. And that will be the start of another end to Buddhism.

    Sumathipala Wednesday, 27 March 2013 12:00 AM

    How about a law askin each relegion to mind its own bizness?? Some. Buddist elements tell other relegions how they should practice their relegions, when buddist in lanka is corrupt to the core! via DM Android App

    Supun malli Wednesday, 27 March 2013 04:45 AM

    If parliment not create such a law, UNHRC will definitely create haa haaa

    jacoob Wednesday, 27 March 2013 02:58 AM

    Saman,
    I totally 100% agree with you .. but after the division of the country ONLY ...

    Rohan Wednesday, 27 March 2013 09:28 AM

    Please don't talk about them because they above all sorts of Laws in Sri Lanka

    lankanpatriot Wednesday, 27 March 2013 08:15 AM

    We need laws to prevent one religious entity attacking another religion!! this is practical... however the above legislation will never happen in Sri Lanka

    Suq Madique Wednesday, 27 March 2013 12:34 PM

    Dream on jacoob!

    tony Wednesday, 27 March 2013 05:24 AM

    It is better to introduce laws to curb others interfering in other religious activities, cause interpreting the religious teachings could differ.

    KD Wednesday, 27 March 2013 10:01 AM

    Absolutely correct. Instead of fixing the root cause they are hunting a ghost. Is there any human brain left in SL that has the capacity to THINK before you ACT? Fix the ROOT CAUSE for 33,000 GOD's sake!

    Lee Wednesday, 27 March 2013 05:33 AM

    What you do with the blatant liars who alleges that a particular religion requires adherent to spit thrice in the food when serving the folks of other religions?

    Nishan Wednesday, 27 March 2013 05:33 AM

    The first distortion they should look at is this "Sinhala" Buddhism which has nothing to do with Lord Buddha's teachings.

    extreemist Wednesday, 27 March 2013 05:34 AM

    everyone should have the freedom to decide what they want to follow .. why the heck do we need something like that? who knows what's original teaching and what's not? they're just religions !

    Deen Wednesday, 27 March 2013 03:58 AM

    What about the recent CASINO bill. It is 100% against Lord Buddhas basic teachings and all other religions.

    Yohan Perera Wednesday, 27 March 2013 04:05 AM

    Kamal, you are a true Buddhist. Wish the authorities also think like you.

    Uvais Wednesday, 27 March 2013 04:08 AM

    This is very good move and this will drastically improve any Tom, Dick and Harry quoting religious scripture for the own benefit.

    Easy way to make sure none will not abuse this, by allowing AG department to go to courts to challenging the any of miss quotations

    muhammad Wednesday, 27 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Peace will be everywhere If the original teachings practised via DM Android App

    nice Wednesday, 27 March 2013 12:00 AM

    good move! via DM Android App

    dIREsTRAITS Wednesday, 27 March 2013 06:03 AM

    This will never work. There are so many different points of view in every religion. This will only implement the view of the authority enacting this legislation. There by creating the very same conflict it is trying to curb. This is what happens when you appoint monkeys to come up with solutions. Live and let live as long as they don't break the peace of the other e.g. BBS's view of Buddism.

    Ranjit. S Wednesday, 27 March 2013 04:12 AM

    Everyone has their right to practice their belief but the unscrupulous cults should not be allowed to mislead the people.

    Ranjit. S Wednesday, 27 March 2013 04:17 AM

    Saman and Jacoo, both of you are wearing dark glasses like Karunanedi. Your asperations will never come true.

    Athas Wednesday, 27 March 2013 04:19 AM

    What about 'Mahayana'

    mohamed asfar Wednesday, 27 March 2013 04:22 AM

    come on....no body knows what exactly the religion says. every religion has hundreds of divided groups for their own.

    Premalal Wednesday, 27 March 2013 02:15 AM

    Who knows what the original teachings were? And who decides their interpretation?


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