Government-Christian Groups Lock Horns over Anti-Conversion Bill

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    Government-Christian Groups Lock Horns over Anti-Conversion Bill
    Champika Liyanaarachchi
    OneWorld South Asia
    29 July 2004

    COLOMBO, July 29 (OneWorld) - Christian groups are strongly opposing Sri Lanka's move to introduce a Bill banning religious conversions, with the Supreme Court also receiving 25 petitions in its favor and 21 against it, placing the government in a tight spot.

    While the Bill was tabled in Parliament last week as a private member motion by opposition parliamentarian Venerable Dr Omalpe Sobhitha of the all monks party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), it is considered a test run for the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) which had earlier promised to table a similar one.

    http://southasia.oneworld.net/article/view/90866/1/

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    Sri Lanka's government is heavily influenced by hardline Buddhists, who have a lot to lose if freedom of religion is allowed.
     
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    That's pretty sad indeed. Kind of interesting, though...instead of kicking out Christianity, they are just pushing to freeze it.

    -Douglas
     
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    What if the Buddhists groups from Sri Lanka came to America in great numbers in order to convert Christians, Jews and Muslims to their faith?

    Suddenly and with a concerted effort, a large segment of Americans began finding Buddhism as an alternative to their previous beliefs in Christ and G-d. Would that be a problem?
     
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    Not for me. Our legal system is an abstraction of previous justice systems which evolved in christian nations. Most of our policies are justifiable on a logical level, though many will claim we are a christian nation. What they're saying is this: We're a nation with a system of values ABSTRACTED FROM historically Christo-Judaen societies.
     
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    True. Even the establishment clause is rooted in Christian principle. Since no one can truly come to Christianity except through his own free will, those who call this a Christian nation are in error. It is a nation founded on Christian principles. It seems a fine distinction, but it is one that must be made.
     
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    Exactly. This distinction needs to be highlighted now when our detractors are saying we are just as intolerant as our enemies. That is not true. There is a place for muslims in our religiously tolerant societies. Preaching christianity is, however, a jailable offense in saudi arabia. THEIR system is intolerant.
     
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    Actually the Buddhist religion had and has a sytem of policies and justice systems that are based on a religion older than Christianity or Judaism.

    http://members.tripod.com/~INDIA_RESOURCE/buddhism.htm

    I was just wondering whether the Christian Evangelizing efforts would take offense at having their Christian groups being aimed directly at their base group for converting to another religion? How understanding would Christian proselitizers be when they are the target of seeing the light.
     
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    Musicman could you be kind enought to direct me to that part of the 'establisment clause' stating unequivocably that America is rooted in CHRISTIAN principle?

    That would be helpful.
     
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    Yes. Kind of similar to your question the first time around. I don't care if others come here to evangelize, as long as they do so legally. At least I don't have a problem with it. I know you have a compulsive need to paint all christians as reactionary xenophobes, but it's just not funny anymore, aj. Welcome back, by the way.
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    I never said there were no other sytems with different cultural/historical contexts.
     
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