Recap from Rationalist Day 2010

The Rationalist Day 2010 held at “Namel – Malini Punchi Theatre” – Borella, Sri Lanka on 18th May 2010. The day was organized by the Sri Lanka Rationalist Association (SLRA) referring the Birth anniversary of the great rationalist literate & rationalist activist Bertrand Russell.

Many intellectuals shared their views on religion in Sri Lanka. The videos are available on YouTube (Link: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=197140D82F477278)

Check the Secular Sri Lanka blog post (http://blog.secularsrilanka.com/2010/06/rationalist-day-2010-videos.html) or visit the Secular Updates channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/secularupdates) on YouTube for more videos.

Next meeting of Sri Lanka Rationalist Association is on Wednesday, 23rd June 2010 and more interesting topics such as “Poya day tuition ban” is scheduled to be discussed (see below details)

SLRA Monthly Lecture & Discussion
Date: Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
Time: 4.15 pm
Location: Dr. N. M. Perera Centre , Cotta Rd. Borella. (200 meters away from the Borella junction)
Lecture on:
1. Prohibition of Tuition classes on Poya days & Sunday morning hours.
2. Government blocking of Facebook, Wikipedia in Pakistan and the world trends in this regard.
Speaker: Mr. Gamini Viyangoda.

Check the Secular Sri Lanka blog for more information (http://blog.secularsrilanka.com/2010/06/event-poya-day-tuition-ban-lecture-and.html)

Western Province to ban tuition class on Sundays and Poya Days

[Original Post: http://blog.secularsrilanka.com/2010/06/western-province-to-ban-tuition-class.html ]

First Sabaragamuwa province banned tuition classes for children between the ages of 5 to 16 years on Full Moon Poya days and on Sundays between 8am to 2pm. A few days Later Matara district followed a similar decision.

Now, the Western Province is also planning to do the same thing. The topic will be discussed at the Western Provincial Council on Tuesday, 8th June 2010.

The politicians are enforcing children to take part in religion; especially on Buddhism. A couple of years back the Government came up with a law to ban tuition classes on Sundays but that didn’t last long. Wonder why the provincial councils are trying to do this again? And wonder who is behind these moves?

Sources:
http://www.dailymirror.lk/index.php/news/4145-sunday-tuition-ban-in-colombo.html
http://www.secularsrilanka.com/discussions/prasad-s-rants/sabaragamuwa-learns-from-afghanistan
http://www.dailymirror.lk/index.php/news/3642-matara-bans-poya-tuition.html
http://www.dailymirror.lk/index.php/news/3576-sgamuwa-bans-poya-tuition.html

Author arrested for writing against Buddhism

I’ve seen some shocking news on BBC of arresting an author for writing against (as the article claims) Buddhism.

I haven’t seen or heard of this author “Sarah Malanie Perera” or her writings. According to the article she has been born and raised in a Buddhist family and later converted to Islam and living in Bahrain. The arrest was made in Sri Lanka when she has arrived for a holiday.

Read the news article(s) in full
Link 1: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8588611.stm
Link 2: http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=7618
Link 3: http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=7627

How religious beliefs change over time

Thought of sharing an interesting article which shows how Buddhism changed in the past and how it’s changing now.

Read the article here – http://www.groundviews.org/2009/11/25/the-transformation-of-buddhism-in-sri-lanka/

The above article shows how Buddhism in Sri Lanka got influenced from other religions. This transformation is happening to every religion, to every culture with ‘Globalization’.

The Problem in Sri Lanka is people adopt all the silly things from other Religions & cultures. There are well organized groups who change our culture and after some time those changes become permanently absorbed to culture & religion. The worst part is our Sri Lankans are so blindly religious and they start to believe and/or worship to all the silly things at the end.