Church boycott threat over Sri Lankan bombings

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith refuses to meet any presidential election candidates who do not act to obtain terror justice

Sri Lanka’s Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, who is threatening to boycott meeting presidential election candidates, arrives during a Mass attended by Easter Sunday attack survivors on the occasion of the reopening of St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo on June 12. (Photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP)

ucanews.com reporter, Colombo
Sri Lanka
August 2, 2019

Sri Lanka’s Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has refused to meet election presidential candidates unless they act to achieve justice for victims of the Easter Sunday suicide bombings that claimed 263 lives.

Cardinal Ranjith complained that more than three months after the April 21 attacks on churches and hotels, the results of official inquiries, including purportedly to determine the masterminds, have not been made public.

“I will not meet any presidential candidates who will be representing the government, the opposition or any other political party without these issues being resolved,” Cardinal Ranjith told a July 31 media conference.

He added that all official reports compiled by the various commissions, committees and agencies had been “kept under the carpet”.

The cardinal criticized both government and opposition leaders.

As well as making public the findings of probes already carried out, there needed to be a new “impartial and transparent” investigation.

It is known that the suicide bombers hailed from the local fanatical Islamic group called National Thowheed Jammath with links to the international terrorist outfit the so-called Islamic State.

However, various church and community leaders suspect that some political figures could well have been implicated.

They also want a reckoning as to why prior warnings of imminent attacks from Indian intelligence sources were not acted on.

Following the attacks, defense secretary Hemasiri Fernando resigned and police chief Pujitha Jayasundara was suspended.

Cardinal Ranjith said that if and when an impartial commission is formed, the president, prime minister and the opposition leader should come together with a common goal to secure justice for victims.

But he is concerned that the need to establish the full extent of involvement of so-far undisclosed individuals or groups in the Easter attacks, directly or indirectly, will be overshadowed by campaigning for national elections scheduled for December.

So far, Sri Lanka’s main opposition politicians had failed to exert sufficient pressure on the government over the issue, Cardinal Ranjith said.

He recalled past cases in which justice had not been delivered when Catholic and other workers were killed or injured during anti-government protests in 2011 and 2013.

Cardinal Ranjith stressed that he is not politically partisan.

“I always stand for the rights of my countrymen,” he said.

Of Sri Lanka’s 21 million people, 70 percent are Buddhist, 15 percent Hindu, 9 percent Muslim and 7 percent Christian.

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  • SAM555SARDANA@REDIFFMAIL.COM'
    SAMIR SARDANA
    September 27, 2019, 5:07 am

    For Those who ask Y ?!

    Sample the basic Priori differences between Islam and Christ-ian-ET !

    There is not an iota of hope ! Only Doom ! dindooohindoo

    Once u read this – there will be no queries on the reasons for Boko/ISIS/ Qaeda ………

    Also , there is no Islamic Radicalism – This is Islamic Theology – only differing point of view is in how it is to be executed and/or enforced

    The disaster is that the verses of the Quran can easily be proven from the Bible verses verbatim or their contradictions and /or interpretattions

    Type 1 – Prioris

    Y Islam and Paulinity are fundamentally irreconciliable and normatively opposed – with the Old Testament and Prophet , probably doubting the Prophet Hoof of the Prophet of Islam
    Muslims do not believe in the concept of Holy Trinity (Quran 5:73).
    "They do blaspheme who say: God is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except One God. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy), verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them." (Koran 5:73)
    Say not "Trinity" : desist: it will be better for you: for God is one God: Glory be to Him: (far exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is God as a Disposer of affairs." (Koran 4:171)
    God is not Jesus and vice versa (Quran 5:72
    "O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of God aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) an apostle of God, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in God and His apostles.

    Type 2 – Philosophy , Theology and Perspectives on Hitstory

    We are responsible for our own deeds and will not be punished for the deeds of another person (Quran 53:38–42) – as opposed to the Pauline belief
    "If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to God), never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter He will be in the ranks of those who have lost.” (Quran 3:85).
    Jesus was initially Killed on the Crucifix – 1 Corinthians 1:23 (Quran does not agree to this -Surah 4:157)
    Jesus was son of Joseph with the seed of David (Quran calls Jesus of immaculate conception theory)
    Romans 1:3:
    Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
    Revelation 22:16:
    Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star
    No Virgin Birth for Paulines (Quran believes in Virgin Birth)
    Seed of David from Joseph (Seed of David from Mary – in Quran)
    Jesus Christ our Lord…was made of the seed of David, according to the flesh;…. (Romans 1:3-4.)
    Jesus Christ of the seed of David….(II Timothy 2:8.)
    Of this man’s [i.e., David’s] seed hath God, according to his prophets, raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus. (Acts 13:23 KJV.)
    Mary has the seed of Aaronites – a priestly class (Quran – No Comment)
    The Bible refers to Christ as the "only begotten" Son of God (John 1:18) – As per Quran – there is no begotten-ness
    The NT and Jesus did not prohibit wine or swine or any other meat – as per Quran – it is haram
    Jesus opposed to John’s followers, disallowed and disavowed fasting – which is mandated, as per Quran
    Isaiah opposed animal sacrifices – which is mandated as per Quran
    Paul prohibited circumcision – which is mandated as per Quran
    Paul mandated individual free will in all matters, besides the 1st Two Commamdments – Quran is about directions and injunctions, and no interpretation or bidah

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  • SAM555SARDANA@REDIFFMAIL.COM'
    samir sardana
    September 27, 2019, 5:12 am

    Y has the lLord deserted the Christians !? in the land of the Solomonoids/Kushites/Nubians ?

    Is the Lord a racist or is Chrstny a White Man’s religion – as Jesus said that he came not for the Gentiles – and palmed off the Gentiles to Paul and Judas Thomas

    Is it like the Sanction by the Lord to Satan to screw Job – as in the Bible ? dindooohindoo

    If the Lord allowed Satan to screw Job – then Christians are open season

    Job 1:8-12 New International Version (NIV)

    8 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

    9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

    12 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”

    Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord. – and destroyed Job

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  • SAM555SARDANA@REDIFFMAIL.COM'
    samir sardana
    September 27, 2019, 5:14 am

    The Problem in Sri Lanka is also the activist and aggressive stand Christian Missionaries in the Niger !

    Who are in turn motivated by the following verses of Jesus !!!! dindooohindoo

    Luke 12:51

    51 Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but division.
    52 From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three.…

    Mathew 10:34

    34 Do not assume that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
    35 For I have come to turn ‘A man against his father, a daughter against her mother,
    a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.…

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