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Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
The issue of Buddhist nationalism is a rising problem on the island nation of Sri Lanka. Mobs of Buddhists led by radical Buddhist monks have increasingly attacked Christians and their houses of worship. In a recent incident, a mob of over 250 Buddhists were led by radical monks to attack and beat a Christian pastor and his wife. Please pray for change soon.
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
Buddhist extremism continues to drive Christian persecution on the island nation of Sri Lanka. According to reports, a pastor and his wife were severely beaten by a mob of Buddhist extremists after attempting to defend their right to worship freely. A mob of more than 250 attempted to stop the pastor from conducting Christian worship in the Kandy District on February 16. When the pastor refused to discontinue worship, the mob dragged him and his wife out of their church and beat them. Please pray for persecuted Christians in Sri Lanka.
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
In the past three years, the island nation of Sri Lanka has seen a dramatic rise in incidents of religiously motivated violence. Both Muslims and Christians have found themselves under increasing attack by Buddhist monks claiming to be protecting Sri Lanka Buddhist traditions and heritage. It is becoming all to common to hear about churches and other religious institutions coming under attack by mobs of Buddhist extremists who damage property and severely beat both religious leaders and parishioners.
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
Following a recent spree of attacks on churches in Sri Lanka, more than 2,000 Sri Lankan Christians gathered in the country's capital to protest the lack of religious freedom in Sri Lanka. Religious intolerance has been on the rise in Sri Lanka over the past two years as Buddhist nationalism has taken root in Sri Lanka's majority Buddhist population. Will the Christians' cries for religious freedom be heard?
Monday, January 27th, 2014
Seven Buddhist monks accused of attacking two churches in Sri Lanka were granted bail on Monday, January 27th. The attacks took place earlier this month when the radical monks led mobs into two churches and vandalized both properties. Attacks on Christian places of worship are becoming more common as Buddhist nationalism takes hold in Sri Lanka. Generally, authorities overlook attacks on religious minorities, but in this case the U.S. Ambassador called on the Sri Lankan government to end the impunity enjoyed by those attacking religious minorities. Please pray for justice in this case.
Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
In an open letter published in a popular Sri Lankan newspaper, human rights and religious organizations in Sri Lanka have called upon the government to protect religious minorities, including Christians. In 2013 alone, Christians in Sri Lanka have been attacked 103 times. Most of these attacks are perpetrated by Buddhist nationalist groups who believe religions other than Buddhism are foreign to Sri Lanka and are willing to commit acts of violence to protect what they believe is Sri Lanka's Buddhist heritage. Below is an excerpt from the open letter to the Sri Lankan government.
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
The United States has called for an end to impunity over attacks on Christian churches in Sri Lanka following an attack on 2 evangelical churches last weekend. The U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka met with the National Christian Evangelical Alliance on Monday, January 21, to discuss recent attacks on Christians and their places of worship. Following the meeting the embassy released a tweet on their official twitter account calling on Sri Lanka to protect Christians from attacks.
Friday, January 17th, 2014
Thursday, January 16th, 2014
For the past 18 months, Christian persecution and religious intolerance has skyrocketed on the island nation of Sri Lanka. Driven by Buddhist nationalism, attacks on Christians and their places of worship reached a highpoint of over 65 separate attacks in 2013. To begin 2014, two Christian centers in the tourist city of Hikkaduwa were attacked by a mob led by Buddhist radicals. Will the conditions of religious tolerance change in 2014?
Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
Following an assault on two Christian worship centers in Sri Lanka, police say they have identified and intend to arrest 24 individuals connected to the attack. The 24 suspects include eight hardline Buddhist monks who apparently led the mobs in the assaults on the Christian centers. Unfortunately, these assaults on Christian places of worship are becoming more frequent in Sri Lanka. Hardline Buddhist nationalists, who believe that Sri Lanka belongs only to Buddhists, have intensified their campaign to drive out religious minorities, including Christian and Muslims. Please pray that justice is done in this case.
Monday, January 13th, 2014
Religious intolerance and violence continues to gain steam on the island nation of Sri Lanka as a mob led by Buddhist monks stormed two Christian religious centers destroying Christian books, icons and other properties. Buddhist nationalism seems to be the motivating factor behind many attacks on Christians in Sri Lanka as radical monks preach that Sri Lanka's traditional Buddhist identity is under threat from minority religions. These nationalist monks claim that Sri Lanka is a nation only for Buddhists and that other religions seeking to practice on the island nation must be pushed out. In 2013 alone, Christians were violently attacked over 65 times.
Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
In the face of increasing extremism and persecution, many Pakistani Christians are fleeing Pakistan in search of refuge. Many of these Christians are seeking asylum in Sri Lanka claiming asylum based on religious persecution grounds. According to the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka, over 600 Pakistani Christians are currently seeking asylum. These asylum seekers do not have the right to work and depend on the Catholic Church for support. Unfortunately, Sri Lanka is becoming more and more religiously intolerant. With the rise of Buddhist Nationalists, many Buddhists in Sri Lanka believe religions like Christianity are foreign and have no place in Sri Lanka's society. In 2013 alone, Christians were attacked over 65 times by Buddhists Nationalists. Please pray for Sri Lanka and the future of these Pakistani Christians.
Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
Christians persecution in Sri Lanka has been dramatically rising over the past year. Fueled by Buddhist nationalists, mobs of radicals have attacked churches and pastors over 65 times in 2013 alone. As Christians look forward to 2014, many are preparing for a continued increase in persecution. Please pray for these persecuted brothers and sisters.
Saturday, December 21st, 2013
Religious intolerance continues to rise on the island nation of Sri Lanka for the third year in a row. Buddhist nationalism continues to fuel violence against religious minorities including Christian, Muslims and Hindus. In 2013 alone, there were over 65 reported violent attacks on Christians. Many estimate the actual number of attacks and instances of intimidation much higher. Please pray that in 2014, Christian persecution and religious intolerance decrease.
Friday, December 20th, 2013
Anti-Christian ideologies continue to take hold of the island nation of Sri Lanka. Over the past 2 years, Buddhist nationalism has taken the country by storm and has led to a dramatic increase in attacks on Christians. On December 12th, a group of unknown attackers attempted to burn down the Jeevana Diya Church. The pastor of the church and his family live on the church premises and were barely able to escape the flames with their lives. Please pray for a reduction in the levels of persecution now being seen in Sri Lanka.
Sunday, December 15th, 2013
Christian persecution in Sri Lanka is rising at a dramatic rate. Buddhist nationalists, who believe they must preserve Sri Lanka's Buddhist heritage by whatever means necessary, have gained influence on the island nation and are bringing to lead mobs against churches and pastors. As of November, Christians in Sri Lanka have been attacked over 65 times. Please keep these persecuted Christians in your prayers.
Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
The number of attacks on Christians in Sri Lanka continues to increase dramatically. Across the island nation, Christian groups and leaders have been reporting new social pressures they are enduring due to their religious beliefs. In 2013 alone, Christians have been attacked on 65 different occasions. In this case, a Christian priest received death threats because of a Mass service he held. Without decisive action by the Sri Lankan government or the international community, the situation for Christians in Sri Lanka will likely continue to deteriorate.
Sunday, November 17th, 2013
Ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka, many allegations of human rights abuses committed by the Sri Lankan state are coming to a head. Two governments, Canada and India, have decided to boycott the meeting due to these unresolved allegations. Among the allegations, abuse of religious minorities, including Sri Lanka's Christian minority, continues to be reported by pastors across the island nation. Intimidation, beatings and forced conversion are only some of the types of persecuted these pastors are facing as the Sri Lankan government does little to assist them.
Thursday, November 7th, 2013
A Christian family forced to flee Pakistan because of their conversion to Christianity is speaking out about the poor living conditions faced by thousands of Christian refugees fleeing to Sri Lanka every year. This family has begged the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to grant them refugee status in Sri Lanka so that they can legally make a living working. Because they are a people without status, these Christians are forced to hide in poor living conditions. If the Sri Lankan government were to deport them back to Pakistan, it is likely these Christians would either be imprisoned by the Pakistani government or would be killed by extremist elements within Pakistan's Sunni Muslim majority.
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
United Nations Human Rights Commissioner, Navi Philly, has called upon Sri Lanka to protect its religious minorities. After a brief fact finding mission in September, the Commissioner declared her alarm over the abuse of religious minorities in Sri Lanka, including Christians. Buddhist nationalists, who believe they must use violence and intolerance to protect Sri Lanka's Buddhist heritage, have been leading mobs of radicals against churches, mosques and other places of worship. This dramatic rise in intolerance, coupled with the government's inaction, has caused many to fear that this may be the new norm unless decisive action is taken soon.
Monday, September 30th, 2013
Christian persecution in Sri Lanka has dramatically increased over the past year as Buddhist radicals have gained influence on the island nation. Promoting a nationalist message, these Buddhist radicals believe that to be a true Sri Lankan one must be Buddhist. To spread their ideology, they have been responsible for attacks on religious minorities and their leaders, like churches and pastors. Please pray for Christians in Sri Lanka as they face this growing threat.
Sunday, September 29th, 2013
After returning from a recent official visit to Sri Lanka, Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said that she was disturbed by the recent attacks on Christian and Muslims and their places of worship. Attacks on churches have escalated in intensity and number over the past year as Buddhist nationalism spread across the country. Mobs led by Buddhist monks have destroyed many churches and beaten many pastors over the past couple of months alone, leading many to express concern over the state of religious freedom in Sri Lanka.
Friday, September 20th, 2013
Religious extremism continues to take hold in Sri Lanka as Buddhist radicals rally a mob of 30 individuals and attack a Christian prayer meeting in the country's capital of Colombo. As a result of the raid, the Christian fellowship's musical instruments were destroyed and their pastor was beaten unconscious, requiring medical attention. Attacks on Christians and other religious minorities, like Muslims, in Sri Lanka has seen a dramatic rise in the past year. Without decisive action by the Sri Lankan government, attacks like this may continue to become the norm.
Thursday, September 19th, 2013
Over the past year, attacks on Christians and their places of worship in Sri Lanka has seen a dramatic increase in both number and intensity. Radical Buddhism seems to be gripping a sizable portion of Sri Lanka's Buddhist population and is driving these radicals to commit acts of violence. The radicals claim they are punishing Christians for forcefully converting Buddhists to Christianity and for running unregistered churches. Will this trend continue to rise?
Saturday, September 7th, 2013
In recent years, the rise of religious intolerance in Sri Lanka has lead to a dramatic increase in attacks on religious minorities and their places of worship. This includes Christians and churches, mainly coming from non-traditional church establishments like evangelical house churches led by lay leaders. What should Sri Lanka do to confront this new rise in religious intolerance and how should the South Asia island country protect its Christians?
Sunday, September 1st, 2013
Thursday, August 8th, 2013
Christian persecution on the island nation of Sri Lanka has seen a dramatic increase in the past year. In the last four months alone, over 30 churches have been attacked by Buddhist extremists attempting to maintain Sri Lanka's Buddhist heritage. Recently, the courts in Sri Lanka ruled in favor of a church that brought charges against a group of Buddhist extremists for attacking their church. Is this a development in the right direction?
Friday, July 5th, 2013
A recent increase in events of Christian persecution in Sri Lanka continues to concern both believers on the ground as well as national and international human rights and religious freedom advocates. Acts of Buddhist extremism, which some assert denotes the rise of a "Buddhist Taliban," have targeted Christians and other religious minorities throughout Sri Lanka and have included firebombings, beatings, enforced disappearances, torture, and extrajudicial killings. The spreading anti-Christian is growing in intensity, as a Buddhist monk self-immolated in protest of the Christianity, viewed as a of Western colonization and imperialism.
Monday, July 1st, 2013
A recent increase in events of Christian persecution in Sri Lanka continues to concern both believers on the ground as well as national and international NGOs and human rights and religious freedom advocates. A new report released by the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka details many of the events recorded in 2013, noting 45 incidents of persecution occurred between January and May this year alone—an amount nearly equal to the 52 events recorded throughout all of 2012.