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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2705

National churches and the Nation state.

Ranjith Soysa-Melbourne

"It is written, God to God and Caesar to Caesar's" -Bishop of Milan

Some of the church leaders and church representatives in Sri Lanka should seriously rethink and replan their relationship with the Sri Lankan nation state vis a vis the LTTE terrorism and separatism. Their activities and utterances are not only threatening the national security, but, also has contributed in a large measure to undermine Sri Lanka’s integrity among the international opinion makers.

According to reports from Colombo the key figure behind the news desk of National Christian Council of Sri Lanka/ Centre for Justice and Peace has been taken into custody for investigations at BIA while he was on his way to a conference in Bangalore. NCCSL/CPJ is a formidable front circulating regular news from Sri Lanka to the international church and affiliated organizations. Very often the news sheets are blatantly supporting the LTTE position while the reports were biased towards the separatist cause.

Regular sources of information were the Tamil Net and also others who were critical of the Sri Lankan Government. The selection of the articles for dissemination to the world community was highly partisan. The NCCSL/CPJ never even attempted to examine why the Sri Lankan Government decided to wage war with the LTTE and the overwhelming support the Government received from Sri Lankan populace including the mandate received from the electorate. In short, the NCCSL/CPJ does not see any difference between the elected Government and the LTTE terrorists.

The anti-national program of the NCCSL/CPJ neither represented the views of the majority Sri Lankan Christians nor of the Sri Lankans in general. The NCCSL /CPJ was the vehicle of a narrow band of Colombo and Jaffna based few who faithfully encouraged the LTTE to cause instability in Sri Lanka so that the country will remain weak making it a case for international intervention. The NCCSL/CPJ were heavily depended on foreign payments to carry on with their agenda It is indeed unfortunate that NCCSL /CPJ was able to use the National Church to weaken the Nation.

The Sri Lankan authorities should investigate not only the traitorous role played by the individual in custody, but also the funding it received and about numerous foreign visitors it hosted. Some of the foreign personnel are suspected to have been directly involved in pro-LTTE activities while the foreign counter part organizations had been some of the most vocal anti Sri Lanka pro LTTE groups involved in propaganda and exerting influence on Western governments.

The time is ripe for the patriotic Christian leaders and the followers to expose and get rid of anti-national elements hiding behind the Church doors. As the LTTE is almost a spent force any further space given to these elements will only prolong the misery of Sri Lanka. These elements within the Church should leave the national security and political issues away and try concentrate on its core activities. The love of the country should be equally important to the Christians in Sri Lanka even though they are a minority.

Let me quote a popular hymn, "I vow to thee my country" by Sir Cecil Spring Rice. (1859-1918) to all at NCCSL/CPJ and similar fronts.

"I vow to thee my country-all earthly things above-

Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love:

The love that asks no questions, the love that stands the test,

That lays upon the alter the dearest and the best:

The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,

The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice"

- Asian Tribune -

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