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(Christian Post) – After facing the defeat of a proposed anti-conversion law, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) party, composed entirely of Buddhist monks, is attempting once again to engrain Buddhism as the state religion and prevent the conversion of Buddhists in Sri Lanka , a persecution watchdog group reported Wednesday. According to the Voice of the Martyrs, the proposed bill would declare Buddhism as the official religion of Sri Lanka , while allowing other forms of religion to be practiced “in peace and harmony with Buddha Sasana.” Freedom of worship for religions other than Buddhism would be subject to public order and morals; something which could easily be abused to restrict religious freedom,” VOM reported. The amendment, referred to as the “19th Amendment,” would also prohibit converting Buddhists to any other religion as well as spreading other religions among Buddhists. On Dec. 7, a court petition was heard against the proposal on the grounds that the amendment would infringe on basic human rights. The court’s decision will be given to the speaker of the Parliament by Dec. 16.