Bringing awareness and education against religious hatred and crimes in Sri Lanka. A seed of hatred whether it be in the privacy of someone’s mind, in the culture of a family unit or simply a post on social media is the same seed that sprouts #hatecrimes Let’s go beyond “tolerance” into reconciliation of hearts despite our different beliefs. On the 28th Of June 2016, Sri Lankan news paper The Daily News published this article.
Rooting out the seeds of hatred
In recent times a number of shocking events have taken place in our compassionate nation. A nation where good Buddhists, Christians, Muslims and Hindus want to live in harmony with each other. However there are certain elements in society who wish to break our bonds of love and friendship. These elements are determined to sow the seeds of enmity between the people of many faiths and turn us against each other.
The Daily News spoke to Chief Overseer of the Apostolic Diocese of Ceylon Revd. Dr. Kirby De Lanerolle, who oversees a large number of evangelical churches in Sri Lanka, and some victims who have fallen prey to these currents that are trying to tear us apart.
“In the last 30 years, Sri Lanka had gone through a war. Many have faced situations of racial hatred and we are just coming out of this situation. But unfortunately there are ‘seeds’ and I want to call it “seeds” of religious hatred, that is being planted in peoples’ hearts. We are generally a very compassionate country. When the recent flood happened, the people of different religious faiths united,” said Revd. Kirby De Lanerolle.
“Sri Lanka is a very empathic nation. If we identify the issue from the root, then we could prevent certain communities from believing such hatred and killing is justified on some level. It is about educating people and the youth of our nation to recognize that these types of seeds can grow into something dangerous, and it is not acceptable on the grounds of religious difference to hurt or kill anyone.