Sri Lankan Government Hates Free Speech ~ Arrests Muslim Writer

The Sri Lankan government is just ri-goddamned-diculous.  First Akon then this [Don’t really care about Akon that much but it does show some consistency in silencing people – the management]? Seriously?  Arresting people because they produce material that is offensive to Buddhism?  Grow a pair of balls and accept the fact that not everyone follows your spiritual path.

So bravo!  Sri Lanka!  Bravo! Way to completely armor yourself against any possible criticism, opposing beliefs, human curiosity and self-growth.  Any state religion – Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, or whatever – that quiets voices is advocating an extremist, fundamental and grotesquely immoral social structure.

Personally I would completely prefer one million and one Stephen Batchelor books and to read the entire “Left Behind” series while making holy prostrations to my laptop that advocate this bullshit. 

Human rights activists have urged Sri Lankan authorities to free Sarah Malanie Perera who was arrested under the country’s stringent emergency laws last week for writing two books allegedly offensive to Buddhism.

Perera, a Sinhalese who converted from Buddhism to Islam more than 10 years ago, is a resident of Bahrain. She was on her way back to Bahrain from Colombo last week after spending three months here when she was arrested.

She compiled the two books written in Sinhalese while in Colombo and had got it printed here. According to reports, Perera was sending some copies through freight when she was apprehended.

The arrest of the 38-year-old author came in the same week the Sri Lankan government said it will not allow rapper and R&B singer Akon to perform in Colombo because one of his music videos was found to have demeaned Buddhism. [From Hindustan Times]

Ms. Perera’s books “Darkness to Light” and “Questions and Answers” are the books in question that are stated as  “offensive to Lord Buddha”.  Ms Perera worked as an accountant for the US Navy and was a teacher at the Child Development Centre in Juffair.  She was raised as a Buddhist, embracing Islam in 1999.  I assume the books are meant to talk about her conversion and the rational behind this largely personal decision.  I sincerely doubt someone advocating for their path would be considered offensive to the Buddha.

Western conceptualize Buddhism as a religion that practices peace, tolerance and contemplation but from examples of areas that have adopted Buddhism as a state religion – intertwined with politics and policy – we see a much different creature emerging.  One that rejects most of those teachings and becomes an solely concerned with its own self-perpetuation rather than actual practice and the Dharma. 

More info Here and Here and Here.

I would love to see a copy of these two books and have been unable to find anything online.  If anyone has a copy or knows of a some excerpts or perhaps a PDF send them my way.

Cheers

John

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6 thoughts on “Sri Lankan Government Hates Free Speech ~ Arrests Muslim Writer

  1. Apparently there is a JUST WAR tradition within Sri Lankan Buddhism which they partially use to combat false doctrine from other religious groups. I read about this in an article in Journal of Religious Ethics. I thought it might interest you, too:

    In Defense of Dharma: Just-War Ideology in Buddhist Sri Lanka (Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism) (Paperback).

    It has a bibliography that lists similar thinking in pre-WWII Japan, and in other predominantly Buddhist countries.

    Buddhists can kick ass!

  2. ammata hukanna hutthige puthala denaganiyaw if you write aga9inst buddhism ammata hukowana pakala okkkoma
    wesa ballo

  3. I do not think it’s a wise act . Such acts violate the spirit of Buddha’s teachings ……. But considering the past it looks necessary as in the past a vast culture of Buddhism was uprooted & destroyed in Afghanistan & Pakistan .

  4. You idiots who are you to tell others about Buddhism and how to practice it. ???

    Moda Johns you better find out how about freedom of speech like this –

    Historians have just found out how young Maria playing with many boys in a single night got the sperm into her vagina and it joined with her human egg in her womb to make her pregnant and how she fooled her old husband about it saying she mated with a god!

    But she never expected there would be 1000s of fools in centuries to come believe a prostitutes lie about her pregnancy….. ….

    — I am publishing this book. I expect Dirt Zen will make a good support for me too.

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