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Sri Lanka: Archbishop of Colombo Says “We Never Expected Such a Thing to Happen and Especially on Easter Sunday”

Sri Lanka: Archbishop of Colombo Says “We Never Expected Such a Thing to Happen and Especially on Easter Sunday”

APR 21, 2019 9:05 AM BY ROBERT SPENCER55 COMMENTS

He never expected such a thing to happen?

But Sri Lanka’s police chief Pujuth Jayasundara, according to AFP, “issued an intelligence alert to top officers 10 days ago, warning that suicide bombers planned to hit ‘prominent churches.’ ‘A foreign intelligence agency has reported that the NTJ (National Thowheeth Jama’ath) is planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches as well as the Indian high commission in Colombo,’ the alert said. The NTJ is a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka that was linked last year to the vandalisation of Buddhist statues.”

Did Jayasundara alert the “prominent churches”? If he did, did Ranjith disregard the warning? We may never know the answers to those questions, but in a larger sense it is easy to see, despite escalating Muslim persecution of Christians worldwide, why Ranjith “never expected such a thing to happen,” and so had no guards at the churches for Easter Sunday: all those who have been for years calling attention to this threat have been branded as “racist,” “bigoted” and “Islamophobic,” and dismissed as “fearmongering.” Everyone in the Catholic Church knows that Islam is a religion of peace; dissenters are shunned and ostracized. Would it have been “Islamophobic” to have Sri Lankan churches guarded for Easter?

“Sri Lanka explosions: More than 200 killed as churches and hotels targeted,” BBC, April 21, 2019:

At least 207 people have been killed and 450 hurt in explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, police say.

At least eight blasts were reported. Three churches in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo’s Kochchikade district were targeted during Easter services.

The Shangri-La, Kingsbury, Cinnamon Grand and a fourth hotel, all in the capital Colombo, were also hit….

Cardinal Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Ranjith, told the BBC: “It’s a very difficult and a very sad situation for all of us because we never expected such a thing to happen and especially on Easter Sunday.”…

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