Hope & Pray

The JHU (Jathika Hela Urumaya), will make it a priority to introduce a new law to stop Sri Lankans from being persuaded to change their religious beliefs.
The JHU is hoping to stop the islands majority Buddhists from embracing other religions endash mainly the teachings of various Christian sects now operating freely all over the island.rn

rnldblquote It is one of our priorities to bring a law to stop these unethical conversions,
dblquote JHU media spokesman, Ven Athuraliye Rathana Thero told Lanka Business Online.rn

rnConversion is considered unethical when people are persuaded to leave one belief for another for money, fear or promises of future benefits.rn

rnHowever, its not only the Buddhist clergy that is pushing for such laws.rn

rnBuddhist and Hindu movements claim that a high degree of unethical conversions occur in all parts of the island targeting Buddhists, Hindus and in a lesser degree, even Catholics and Muslims.rn

rnThe debate on the suitability of introducing legislation to s