Bring anti-conversion bill before poll, demands JHU

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 21 September 2005, 00:04 GMT]
More than one thousand Buddhist monks representing Jathika Sanga Sammelaneya (National Buddhist Convention), an umbrella Buddhis organization, including monks from Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), an extreme Sinhala nationlist party of Buddhist monks, attended a meeting held Tuesday evening to urge the Sri Lanka Government to bring to parliament the anti-conversion bill before the Sri Lanka Presidential elections scheduled for 17 November, sources in Colomb said.

Support for anti-conversion bill
Support for anti-conversion bill
Buddhist Monks assembled at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall ( BMICH) after marching from by from Young Member of Buddhist Association (YMBA) hall.

Supporters carried Buddhist flags and Sri Lanka national flag, and was accompanied by traditional drum band.

The monks also conducted a prayer session around 4 pm.

Support for anti-conversion bill
Support for anti-conversion bill
JHU had earlier accused many fundamentalists Christian groups as operating in the pretext of social work to unethically convert poor Buddhists to different sects of Christianity.

"These ultra fundamentalists groups offer money and other financial benefits to our poor people and even the established Catholic Church are against and have condemned these acts committed by these groups. Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country with 70% of its inhabitants practising the teachings of Lord Buddha. Article 09 of the Constitution of Sri Lanka very clearly states that Buddhism should be given the foremost place and the Republic should take all necessary steps to protect and foster Buddhism while assuring all other religions the right granted by Articles 10 and 14(1)," JHU had said earlier in a letter sent to the US embassy in Sri Lanka.


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