We were deeply saddened and outraged over the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka. We reblog this piece as it raises relevant questions that need to be asked.
Violent Islam has to be countered, opposed and defeated. That said, we must here in the US realize that our military actions in the Middle East have served to increase Muslim hatred and violence. And, we must question our subservience to Israel as well.
Sri Lanka’s highest-ranking Catholic prelate called on the government to hunt down the attackers behind the lethal bombings that killed nearly 300 people Sunday and to “punish them mercilessly.”
“I would also like to ask the government to hold a very impartial strong inquiry and find out who is responsible behind this act and also to punish them mercilessly, because only animals can behave like that,” said Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo.
Ranjith expressed his “deepest sorrow and sympathy” for those affected by the attacks, while advising against vigilante actions.
“I ask all our Sri Lankan people not to take the law into their own hands and to maintain peace and harmony in this country,” he said.
The Easter Sunday massacre took place at six locations – three churches and three hotels – and involved seven suicide bombers…
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