Killings in Sri Lanka: Stop the acts of hate

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Just as we condemn the senseless, cold-blooded killings in Christchurch, New Zealand, so do we condemn the killings in Sri Lanka.

At last count, more than 320 people are dead, many worshippers at the three churches, four hotels and a house that were bombed over Easter. Of these murdered, 45 were children.

There can be no excuse, no justification for such murderous acts in New Zealand, Sri Lanka or anywhere else. These were not the acts of people who believe in the beauty and peace in any religion. Religion does not condone the slaughter of innocents. These were acts of hate.

The world over, we continue to witness acts of violence and hate in the name of religion. There is an urgent need to stop the propagation of ideology which promotes religious superiority and zealousness, in whatever form it arises. We can all clearly see where it repeatedly and disastrously leads.

The world over we need to understand our common humanity.

As we grieve again, Sri Lanka struggles to recover and cope with the havoc wreaked on the lives of so many people, as well as answer questions regarding lax security despite murderers having provided prior warning.

At this point, we must not indulge, as some of us seem to be doing, in the hateful language of the perpetrators.

Instead, we must follow the lead provided by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern in offering words and actions to comfort, help and heal.

Aliran executive committee

24 April 2019

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Thurai Singam Chandra Sehkaran

Please look at the medias which keep airing on bomb blast news & isis relativity….
Aryan medias in India more concern than SriLankan government to accuse foreign isis, with continuous coverage by BBC, cnn, guardian, dailyUK
but non of these media haven’t cared about Tamil eelam jaffna war, including malaysian media!

Ravinder Singh

There is an ancient Chinese saying that WARS and DISEASES start from the MOUTH. So first of all mouths that spew hatred must be stopped in the tracks. Zakir Naik, under veil of “freedom of speech” has been preaching hatred of the non-Muslims through his “comparative religion” lectures where he berates all other faiths although doing so is not the teachings of Islam. He does not respect the Prophet who said “to you yours and to me mine”. Yet he is being given red carpet treatment and hugs by our leaders in Malaysia. He is setting up land mines and time bombs of religious hatred that could lead to acts of terrorism through his supposedly “intellectual” lectures. In his lectures he says that all Muslims should be terrorists. He is not joking

Suhirthamalar Sandrasecaram

Let’s count our blessings. Despite constructive criticism at our Police, SB or Intelligence, we sleep in peace. And know that any possibility of act of terrorism is nibbed in the bud. ❤❤❤

Gerrie Teng

An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind!!!