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.
2/26/2014 Sri Lanka (Christian Today) – A large mob led by Buddhist monks attacked a pastor and his wife in Sri Lanka’s Central province when they defended their right to worship.
Eleven monks from the hardline nationalist organisation, Bodu Bala Sena or Buddhist Strength Force (BBS), led about 250 villagers to storm the home of the pastor of Holy Family Church in Asgiriya, Kandy district, on February 16. They demanded that the couple stop holding worship services.
When the pastor and his wife protested, they were dragged outside and assaulted. Later, a senior BBS leader gathered villagers outside the house and warned them against such ‘traitors’. He threatened the same treatment for any villager supporting Christian worship.