An excerpt from a letter written by an irritated Buddhist toÂ Andrew Bennet,Â Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom ,Â Foreign Affairs, Sussex Drive Ottawa, Ontario
I notice that the Muslims in Sri Lanka are clamouring to have the UN look into why the riots happened. Good, and I like it!
Let’s find out why the Government of Sri Lanka has found it difficult to rein in the Buddhist and Muslim extremists, whether they are wearing a yellow cloth or a white cloth, as a multi-ethnic civilized society has no room for such extremism.
Yes, let us find out why Muslims, a 10 per cent of Sri Lanka’s population are self-alienating from the majority of the Buddhist-Sinhalese who form 70 per cent of the island’s population, as reported by Dr. Ameer Ali, a prominent Islamic scholar of Murdoch University. Â Why the two-and-one -half square kilometer town of Katankudy with 50,000 inhabitants, mostly of the Islamic faith in the east, as pointed out by Dr. Ameer Ali, wants 58 mosques, perhaps a concern and an irritant for the island’s majority Buddhists. Well, Andrew, to get a good handle of this kind of piety, you may want to ask the Muslims of Ottawa’s Orleans, why the Muslim population of 5,000, which represent approximately 1500 families do not have two mosques or three mosques let alone 58 mosques to justify their religious needs. Â Interesting!
Yes, let us find out why Islamic extremism is spreading in Sri Lanka like wildfire. Wahhabi, Deobandi, and Mawdudist are some Islamic organizations that are active in Sri Lanka. As has been mentioned often, are there foreign hands helping these groups to prosper with the intention to destabilize Sri Lanka. Â Let’s find out to whom these foreign hands belong to.