Religions for Responsible Governance says it is deeply worried about the spread of anti-Muslim communal violence in some parts of the country over the past few days.
The multi-religious activist group says it “emphatically condemn these acts of violence.”
The statement is signed by the Ven Galkande Dhammananda Thero, Swami Ji Gunatitananda, Ash-Sheikh Faleel, and Bishop Duleep de Chickera.
The statement says “we are a civilized people, capable of restraint and patience under provocation.”
“We believe that violence against anyone is violence against all – and that it will only perpetuate terror, rather than annihilate it.”
“We have already condemned the acts of terror and destruction perpetrated on Easter Sunday and urged to leave it to the Police and the armed forces to investigate these acts.”
We should have trust and faith in the security authorities to maintain law and order and to provide security for all our people.
There is, therefore, no need for members of the general public to take the law into their hands and inflict harm on others.
As leaders of all four religions, we appeal to all sections of our people to refrain from inciting violence and engaging in harmful acts against anyone.
As we approach the thrice-sacred day of Vesak, venerated by Buddhists all over the world and respected by all other world religions, we are to heed the teachings of the Lord Buddha on non- violence, non-anger & loving kindness with compassion for all living beings.
As the Buddha repeatedly emphasized, we need to be sensitive that every living being feels the same physical pain & emotional hurt, that we do.
Let us reflect on what all our religions leaders have taught so that we are able to create a peaceful, stable and secure country for everyone.