The Bodu Bala Sena has now warned it will take action against Christian pastors who work with Non Governmental Organizations (NGO) to unethically convert Buddhists into Christianity.
Speaking at a press briefing today, the Venerable Kirama Wimalajothi urged the public and Buddhist monks to provide information they have on such activities to the Bodu Bala Sena.
“Like an army there are several people operating in this country with NGO assistance trying to convert innocent Buddhists,” he said.
He recalled a recent incident in Tissamaharama where a Christian Pastor, who also operates a children’s home, was arrested and then produced in court.
However he said the pastor was freed on the advice of the National Child Protection Authority after they refused to take the children of the home into their care.
Meanwhile the Bodu Bala Sena also dismissed reports that it was against Muslims in Sri Lanka.
Program coordinator of the Bodu Bala Sena Dilantha Withanage said that sms messages had been circulated urging Muslims to leave the country or not go out at night.
He said that such reports send the wrong message and tarnish the image of the country and of the government.
Recently the Bodu Bala Sena said that Sri Lanka is not a multiracial or multi-religious country but a Sinhala Budhist country.
Speaking at the Bodu Bala Sena convention in Panadura last weekend, the venerable Medagoda Abayathissa thero urged the Sinhalese to protect the nation and not let other races or religions to take over.
The monk also urged Sinhalese families to have at least 5-6 children so that the Sinhalese Buddhist population grows in order to protect the Sinhala race and Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena, the venerable Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara thera said that the country should be ready to rally against Christian and Muslim extremist groups operating in the country.
He insisted that the Bodu Bala Sena does not have issues with Muslims and Tamils as a whole. However he said that Muslim women should not be allowed to wear the Niqab in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)