A group of monks held a protest by blocking the road in front of the Ministry of Buddhist Affairs today, demanding to expel the secretary and an additional secretary for failing to stop the spreading of unethical conversions and failing to stop private temples such as the temple in Kollupitiya. Pix by Nisal Baduge
what is an unethical conversion and who decides the conversion is unethical? The State? The Monks? or the people who wish to be converted?
Ravana Saturday, 08 October 2011 02:06 AM
Religion is not to be hyper-respected. Hyper-respectfulness towards religion always yield to problems.
Manujer Saturday, 08 October 2011 03:26 AM
Conversions occur due to the financial difficulties of the people. Buddhists must get together to help the poor along with the President as he is a true Buddhist as he worships the Lord Buddha, all the time, more than anybody else in this world, by having bana preachings, etc. Hela Karumaya hasn't done anything about this. Otherwise, it is a democratic right to follow any religion. In fact, without any duress.
RAJIV Saturday, 08 October 2011 04:12 AM
I think theses monks have too much politics in them. People have the right to choose a religion and its not the right of the monks nor any body to ask anyone to stop a persons freedom of religion. During the Portuguese, Dutch and British periods many Buddhist and Hindus converted to Christianity for economic again and then some of the converted back to their own religion after independence. The same way people might be changing the religion like changing clothes. If the monks in this country resemble Buddhism why should people convert.
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