US opposed to religious legislation, says US official

  • 23 Oct 2005 17:39:04 GMT

    It is laughable that the US professes it`s opposition to religious legislation, being a country that is politically driven to teach its offspring that evolution has holes in it and `intelligent design` (thinly veiled creationism`) is the way to go.

    Its entire political spectrum has a common bond in its universal contempt for all other forms of religious belief.

  • 24 Oct 2005 00:46:25 GMT

    Dr Morales needed molecular science to get to the position she has. Where majority in religious groups are required to follow the laws of the country in their daily lives, we need religious laws that `show up` the government`s direction to the people. To the extent religious followers blindly follow the leaders, the country does not need specific religious looking laws.

    Science is also service based. But the US has secular laws governing scientific activities. This indicates that science in the US is more economy based and less service based. Likewise religion in Sri Lanka.

    Left to the US, Sri Lankans also would turn away from religion towards science. During my Tsunami service, I chose to serve the people of Batticaloa through the Hindu system because they did not understand the secular system of the government. In fact the British Prince who visited the damaged temple at Kalladdy in Batticaloa, failed to ensure that his visit helped the temple reconstruct itself. Had the British also practiced religious laws consciously and expressly, they would have identified with the material needs of the temple through their Royalty, in return for the spiritual benefits they were receiving.

    Gaja Lakshmi Paramasivam from Australia

  • 24 Oct 2005 11:59:25 GMT

    Why should the US interfere in South Asian affairs? It is true unethical conversions should stop. It is not better than forced conversions.

    The bill is essential but it could be misused. These types of things needs careful study and opinions of all religious and civil societies should be sought.

    Sri Lanka was uner occupatiion by foreign forces for so long and it did not take a `Bill` to protect Buddhism. What the JHU doing is only a political gimmick to garner votes.Instead they should campaign against liquor sales, gambling, prostitution and other vices that will go a long way in protecting Buddism. Are they doing that?