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.
9/21/2013 Sri Lanka (Christian Today) – A mob destroyed a Christian group’s musical instruments and beat their pastor unconscious during a raid on a prayer meeting – one of several recent attacks on Sri Lankan churches.
Three Buddhist monks led about 30 people in the assault on Jeevana Diya Church in Meegoda, Colombo district, on September 8, demanding that they stop meeting in ‘this Buddhist village’. The pastor and his mother, attacked as she tried to defend her son, had to be hospitalised.
On the same day, also in Colombo, the Praise Prayer Lanka Church cancelled its service after police gave warning that they had received threats against it.
And, six days earlier, an Assemblies of God pastor had a narrow escape when suspected arsonists failed to set light to his house in Hambantota district.