A prominent Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka is discouraging Buddhists from frequenting Muslims shops and agreed with angry females who called for the stoning of Muslim doctors accused of sterilizing Buddhists.
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Breitbart Buddhist political figures have compounded these accusations with mounting rejection of Islam in the country following the jihadist massacre of over 250 people on Easter Sunday.
Following the attacks in April, which the Islamic State claimed and targeted three churches and three hotels catering to Christians, Buddhists began engaging in mob attacks on Muslims businesses and homes believed to belong to Muslims.
A prominent monk, with support from the Christian community, went on a hunger strike this month demanding the removal of Muslim politicians he said had ties to the jihadists responsible for the Easter bombings. In response, every Muslim member of Sri Lanka’s federal cabinet, along with the two governors the monk originally targeted, resigned.
“The Muslims don’t love us. … That this is a community who poisoned our people and tried to destroy our people is very clear. It is very clear,” Asigiri Chapter Prelate Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana said, according to a translation of his remarks by Sri Lanka Brief. “Because of this, Buddhists must protect themselves. Don’t go to those [Muslim] shops. Don’t buy from those shops. The young people who ate from those shops, I think, will not be able to have/lose their children. You should know this.”
The monk then addressed “that doctor and his heroics,” referring to the reports of a Muslim doctor secretly sterilizing Buddhist women. “He has destroyed thousands of our children. These traitors must not be allowed to live in freedom.”
“Some female devotees said that they should be stoned to death. I don’t say this, but what should be done is this,” he added. “If this sort of violence had been done by one of our kind to their kind, he would have been quartered and killed.”
The sterilization case appears to have changed Gnanarathana’s view on coexisting with Muslims. A week before his latest remarks, the monk had called on Sri Lankans to live in peace together and attended an event with Muslim leaders.
The original report, according to Reuters, appeared in May in Divaina, a Sri Lankan newspaper. It accused an unnamed Muslim doctor of having “secretly sterilized 4,000 Sinhala Buddhist women after caesarean deliveries.” It went on to claim that the doctor was a member of National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), the local Muslims group that claimed responsibility for the Easter bombings in the name of the Islamic State (ISIS).
Sri Lanka has experienced a growing public backlash against Islam in the aftermath of the Easter attacks, largely fueled by Buddhist animosity towards Muslims despite the fact that ISIS targeted Christians on their holiest holiday. Shortly after the attack, surveillance camera videos began to surface of mob attacks against Muslims, and police standing idly by while they occurred. Sri Lanka expelled 200 Islamic clerics.
Outrage against the government is largely a response to evidence that President Maithripala Sirisena had reason to know the Islamic State or another jihadist group was plotting an attack on Easter.
At least 11 mosques near the NTJ mosque in the greater Colombo area were identified as preaching fundamentalist Islam in the aftermath of the attack. Cabinet officials loyal to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe revealed documents in the days after the attack that indicate the Indian government had told Sirisena’s intelligence officials that they had reason to believe jihadists were planning an attack. Sirisena claimed to have never seen the documents and fired his police and defense chiefs.