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-Sri Lanka: Bishops call for Prayer and Fasting over Religious Freedom

by Dr. D ~ March 25th, 2009

image The Catholic Bishops of Sri Lanka (CBCSL) are calling for national day of prayer and fasting on April 3  in opposition to an anti-conversion law coming up for vote in the country’s parliament. The bill is targeting the Christian community which is growing significantly.

The bill entitled, “Prohibition of Forcible Conversions,” calls for fines of up to 500,000 Sri Lankan rupees ($4,425 USD) and up to seven years in prison for trying to convert a Sri Lankan citizen from one religion to another by using “force, fraud or allurement.”  The fear is that the legislation is so broad that priests and missionaries will be rounded up for legal action every time someone converts to Christianity. Actually, opponents will make sure that this is the case.

A bipartisan group of U.S. congressmen sent a strong message to Sri Lanka warning that the bill actually:

“will harm, not protect, the freedom of religion of the Sri Lankan people.”

Response: Christians everywhere should join in prayer for Sri lanka and in opposition to this bill that will actually take away the freedom of religion in the name of preserving the same. It will make it very difficult for anyone to officially change religions in Sri Lanka. Also, any person merely talking about their own religion could be subject to fines and prison for supposedly “trying to convert” someone.

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