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(Compass) – Religious tensions are running high in Sri Lanka as their Supreme Court considers a number of petitions for and against a new law that will ban or restrict conversions. The “Prohibition of Forcible Conversion of Religion Act” was tabled in the Sri Lankan Parliament on July 21, giving opponents just seven days to formally present their objections to the Supreme Court. The court heard presentations on Friday, August 6, and Monday, August 9. Many opponents challenged the “constitutionality” of the bill, saying it contravened Articles 9, 10 and 14 of the constitution which guaranteed the basic right to freedom of religious belief and association. The Supreme Court will release its judgment to Parliament by August 12. Meanwhile, Godfrey Yogarajah, general secretary of the National Christian Evangelical Alliance, has pleaded with those who support the bill to reconsider. “We are already fragmented racially,” he explained. “Do we need religious fragmentation as well?”