Anti-Muslim Unfriending

Mosque, Church, Clock Tower, Town Hall

Mosque and Town Hall.


A few of my friends have started unfriending people (on Facebook) that pass around anti-Muslim nonsense. This has to happen – normal, non-douchey Sinhalese need to defend our friends and neighbors from this casual hate. This open letter from Hiran Gunaratne is a start. Racism is not traditional Sri Lankan, it’s not Sinhalese, and it’s not Buddhist. Picking on our friends and neighbors is anti-social behavior towards the whole community and it has to stop.

Seriously, these emails and stories going around are embarassing and I understand the unfriending. I thankfully don’t know anyone like that on Facebook, but you cannot work in an office, go out or have a cup of tea in Colombo without coming into contact with someone of a different race or religion. To circulate this stuff via email that you wouldn’t say to their faces is cowardly and rude. It’s rude if you say it and it’s rude if you write it. There should be zero tolerance for racism among civilized people otherwise, as history shows, things can get uncivilized really fast.

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2013-02-07 10:38:30

RT @indica: Anti-Muslim Unfriending: A few of my friends have started unfriending people (on Facebook) … http://t.co/cYdhMOqD

 
2013-02-07 10:39:46

@indica its been happening for a while :-)

 
2013-02-07 10:41:53

@TheYousufGirl @indica The sensible thing to do. I can’t imagine being friends with someone who disparages another’s race or religion.

 
2013-02-07 10:43:35

@SarongJohnnie @indica worse yet..to be a continous at ignorance after being educated on the matter

 
2013-02-07 10:43:45

RT @indica: Anti-Muslim Unfriending: A few of my friends have started unfriending people (on Facebook) … http://t.co/cYdhMOqD

 
2013-02-07 10:43:45

RT @indica: Anti-Muslim Unfriending: A few of my friends have started unfriending people (on Facebook) … http://t.co/cYdhMOqD

 
2013-02-07 11:05:48

RT @indica: Anti-Muslim Unfriending: A few of my friends have started unfriending people (on Facebook) … http://t.co/cYdhMOqD

 
2013-02-07 11:09:01

RT @indica: Anti-Muslim Unfriending: A few of my friends have started unfriending people (on Facebook) … http://t.co/cYdhMOqD

 
2013-02-07 11:36:10

Rather than unfriending them, you should call them on it in public, on their profile pages, and not back down. Embarrass them back. Of course, they might then unfriend you :D Happened to me with some Tamil friends.

 
2013-02-07 11:39:58

RT @indica: Anti-Muslim Unfriending: A few of my friends have started unfriending people (on Facebook) … http://t.co/cYdhMOqD

 
2013-02-07 11:41:06

RT @indica: Anti-Muslim Unfriending: A few of my friends have started unfriending people (on Facebook) … http://t.co/cYdhMOqD

 
2013-02-07 12:11:42

RT @indica: Anti-Muslim Unfriending: A few of my friends have started unfriending people (on Facebook) … http://t.co/cYdhMOqD

 
2013-02-07 12:11:42

RT @indica: Anti-Muslim Unfriending: A few of my friends have started unfriending people (on Facebook) … http://t.co/cYdhMOqD

 
2013-02-07 12:36:27

@indica Why is this anti-Muslim feeling suddenly so potent? It’s deeply disturbing and very unwelcome.

lame
2013-02-09 08:38:36

Because the mischief is perpetrated at such a large scale using tax payers money. For example. BBS offices are accommodated on the 5th floor of the Buddhist cultural building (havelock road renamed sri sambuddhi jayanthi mw at Thunmulla junc) owned by the Ministry of Buddha Sasana with no rent paid and funded by the ministry.

State patronage to Racism cannot be easily shielded or faught.

2013-02-11 20:18:12

Is that correct? There was a rumour that their offices were opposite Temple Trees? This was just a rumour, would like to confirm this.

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2013-02-07 13:00:19

RT @indica: Anti-Muslim Unfriending: A few of my friends have started unfriending people (on Facebook) … http://t.co/cYdhMOqD

 
2013-02-07 13:03:07

@JanakaMalwatta @indica some foreign agenda + local political insecurity !
Arm dealers need war!
Oil excavation giving hope!!
So Mess it up!

 
hector
2013-02-07 21:22:15

Went into a shop recently to buy a pump for my aquarium. Muslim shop. Got asked 1000 Rupees more than my friend who bought one the day before and recommended the place. My friends muslim BTW and no, not a relation of the shop keeper. And this is not the first instance of dual pricing, one for muslims and a higher for others. Racism is on both sides it seems. This dual pricing based on religion has to stop though. As most shops are muslim owned the majority end up subsidising the minority it seems. If you think this does not happen put it to the test and see.

sachi
2013-02-09 12:16:22

Assuming what u say is true, so what BBS does is OK according to u? And what do these racists achive at the end of the day?

 
2013-02-14 21:17:25

@hector Haven’t you heard of the concept of “bargaining?“. Don’t blame others if you can’t say “Mudalali poddak aduwengdhala dhenda ko?”

 
 
2013-02-07 21:26:05

I think we need to do more than just un-friend on FB. I think the community is feeling abandoned by the silent majority. We need to demonstrate clearly and unequivocally that we do not agree with this and that we stand by them. My suggestion is that an initial step we all go out of our way to patronise Muslim shop’s especially those that have been targeted.

Perhaps others can come up with similar, simple things that will demonstrate our commitment?

Some of my thoughts on the issue:

http://jestforkicks.blogspot.com/2013/02/sri-lankas-muslims-under-threat.html

 
realist
2013-02-08 08:35:20

Must be something to do with your face then…I’ve generally had better service at tamil and muslim shops than sinhala ones and never noticed a difference in pricing. The muslim chaps seem really good at throwing in freebies, etc to keep you around as a customer. So yes…must be your face.

suche
2013-02-08 22:31:51

Hey isn’t that “face-ism”? You bastard.

 
 
Kevin
2013-02-08 10:13:11

In December I got over charged by about a 100 bucks when buying eggs and bread. This was an by a elderly Sinhalese woman (and no, she did not make a mistake, I saw her working out the price on a piece of paper). So I suppose that now all Sinhalese are rouges. As a matter of fact, I found that the Sinhalese are out to make a quick buck out of you, while the Muslims seemed fair.

suche
2013-02-08 22:36:06

Yep true, indeed we are especially when we deal with white trash. This is “trash-ism” btw I don’t deny it.

 
 
rajivmw
2013-02-08 11:55:57

It’s my experience that merchants generally like to make a buck. I’ve been ripped off on many occasions, but I’ve never felt it had anything to do with my religion or ethnicity. Three-wheeler drivers are perhaps the most notorious for over-charging, and I’d bet that most of them aren’t Muslim. It could be that you didn’t bargain hard enough, and it had nothing to do with religion. If you felt you were being cheated, you should have just walked out.

But let me court controversy with another point. If a vendor chooses to privilege his own community, that is his right to do so. That right must be defended, PARTICULARLY if the vendor is from a minority. After all, the majority enjoys other natural advantages. In the case of Sri Lanka, this would include a near monopoly of State power.

When my parents lived in Switzerland, they would buy their airtickets from a Sri Lankan-owned travel agency. There was no question that they were offered better rates by default than the Swiss customers got. Whether this is ethical business practice or not is debatable. But I certainly don’t think it would be grounds for the Swiss to ostracize and intimidate the Sri Lankan community as a whole.

2013-02-08 15:58:39

Now I agree that Muslim merchants don’t cheat any more than merchants of any other race, based on anecdotal evidence. But my reaction to the second and third paragraphs was WHAT THE EFF? Price discrimination based on race is okay? Hah. What about wage discrimination based on race? That’s the same thing. According to Rajiva’s moronic logic, it’s okay for a person to wage discriminate if he belongs to a minority.

2013-02-12 09:03:36

Well if the GoSL and the Ministry of Tourism can do it, why not? If the Navy can do it, why not? If hoteliers can do it, why not? All of the above charge foreigners as much as five times the rate for locals, and no one has a problem with that. Which planet do you live on, Saranga?

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IvanaP
2013-02-12 16:13:25

That is such a dumb argument. The strength of foreign currency and higher average incomes means that prices are on par for foreigners with their expectations. Its quite another thing to charge poorer people in one country more because of their race. Absolutely unacceptable.

 
2013-02-15 11:44:16

Really? So Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, and Indians have a currency as strong as the dollar and the euro, and earn incomes comparable to Americans and Europeans? Foreigners are charged more, regardless of which country they come from, regardless of whether they are tourists, volunteer workers, or expat residents; they are charged more because they are foreigners, while Sri Lankans are subsidized. That is EXACTLY the same thing as what you are alleging Muslims to be doing. Oh and look up the definition of dumb in your passport while you’re thinking about this.

 
 
 
sack
2013-02-09 19:03:00

“But let me court controversy with another point. If a vendor chooses to privilege his own community, that is his right to do so. That right must be defended, PARTICULARLY if the vendor is from a minority.”

So according to your logic it is OK if the minority use discriminatory policies against the majority.

But were are talking about businesses here.
Buyers can do what ever they want because it is their money. And their actions will have consequences such as not getting the best product for the money.

But if the sellers start discriminate buyers because of their religion or nationality then obviously the discriminated party will stop buying.

Apart from the wild accusations in FB (am not even sure BBS was responsible for that) anyone who visited nolimit could clearly see that all most all of the employees were muslims. This was before BBS even came in to being. So obviously the company uses discriminatory policies when hiring people. So as a result they are getting rejected by the buyers.

Let me point out that nolimit is not the only muslim owned apparel or retails business in the country. You don’t see people holding placards against Emerald, Reborn or Brandix. Even if some nutter circulate a e-mail or FB posting, ppl would simply ignore them.

 
tastyjujubes
2013-02-17 20:48:33

Likewise then, people have a right to protest against and advocate a boycott of Muslim shops.

2013-02-18 16:42:32

Exercise of free choice is fine. Anyone can decide what to buy and where but why the need for a protest? If they had done something wrong, unfair labour practices for example, there may be a case for a protest but if not what are they really protesting about?

The stories that hit the news were protests in front of No-Limit; a clothes retailer. Halal does not come into question with clothes, so why protest?

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tastyjujubes
2013-02-18 19:29:17

You ought to ask those protesting in front of No Limit why they were doing so. I cannot claim to speak for them.

Also I’m sure you’ll agree it’s not up to you to decide what people can or cannot protest about.

 
2013-02-19 16:18:05

True enough but was that only protest or was there trespass, intimidation or other acts as well? I don’t know the facts first hand but this report seems to suggest that some boundaries may have been crossed and laws may have been broken.

http://www.anvermanatunga.com/english/protest-march-against-muslims-sl/#more-125

 
tastyjujubes
2013-02-20 05:27:20

A Muslim missionary is hardly a source that I would trust to report the truth.

 
2013-02-20 07:26:52
 
 
 
 
2013-02-08 16:29:36

Depends on how often it happens. I imagine it happens to some, not every customer so, its like a discount based on affiliation (friend/school colleague/same hometown).

I would imagine that the owner would gain more in regular custom or loyalty than he loses in the lower price. If not, then they will gradually scale back as the practice becomes unviable.

 
suche
2013-02-08 22:34:13

Yep true, indeed we are especially when we deal with white trash. This is “trash-ism” btw I don’t deny it.

 
lame
2013-02-09 08:47:46

Unfriend the government maybe?

 
lame
2013-02-09 08:52:17

So unfriending the government maybe is the way forward… You can’t really educate moronic racists.

 
sack
2013-02-09 18:41:56

Defeating an ideology with fb un-friending and And by writing English articles on Colombotelegraph.

Well good luck with that.Am sure it’ll work, eventually (most probably while you are @ sleep).

 
truth
2013-02-09 20:37:05

This is nothing but petty jealousy on the part of the lazy masses. Lets face it, most Sinhala workers are employed on low wages. Let’s say Rs 1 lakh or less per month. With that income you can’t really afford luxury housing, BMW, Mercs, business class whatever. Private schooling at top schools is out. Its easy to feel jealous when you see someone from a minority enjoying these finer things while you sweat away. Take for example one of our muslim traders in Pettah. A few small non descript shops in Pettah, but a total massive profit of millions of rupees a month (one of my friends, just such a Pettah trader, lost Rs 5 billion investing in Dubai property before the crash there and this, to most massive, loss doesn’t affect his lifestyle a jot ). The moral? racism isn’t the answer. Don’t be lazy get off your backsides and work for your selves. Jealousy get’s you no where. At the end of the day you will still be poor and full of hatred.

 
gent
2013-02-10 21:30:16

WTF? Halal first then sharia next? Get arrested for falling in love. You guys are crazy.

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 7: A Sri Lankan expatriate was arrested recently in Ishbiliya for having an adulterous relationship with a Sri Lankan woman.
According to security sources, when a Kuwaiti woman saw her Sri Lankan housemaid kissing the Sri Lankan driver of her neighbor in the garden of her house in Ishbiliya, she rushed to the police station of the area to inform securitymen. Meanwhile, the housemaid ran away from the house after realizing that her sponsor caught her kissing her boyfriend and went to the police station to report against her.
Securitymen arrested the driver and investigations with him revealed that they were involved in a love affair.
He was detained in police custody while securitymen are carrying out investigations to arrest the female suspect.

http://www.arabtimesonline.com/NewsDetails/tabid/96/smid/414/ArticleID/192875/reftab/36/t/Sri-Lankan-Maid-driver-held-for-kissing/Default.aspx

tastyjujubes
2013-02-18 19:30:19

Iran confiscates Buddha statues in crackdown on ‘cultural invasion’

Buddha statues have joined Barbie dolls and characters from The Simpsons as banned items in Iran.

Officials are confiscating the statues from shops in the capital, Tehran, to stop the promotion of Buddhism, according to a report in the independent Arman daily.

The Islamic republic has long fought against items such as Barbie toys to block western influence, but this appears to be the first time authorities have shown an opposition to symbols from the east.

The newspaper quoted Saeed Jaberi Ansari, an official for the protection of Iran’s cultural heritage, as calling the Buddha statues symbols of “cultural invasion”.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/17/iran-confiscates-buddha-statues

 
 
Adnaan Sabireen
2013-02-10 22:13:59

I am a Muslim and one of those who have (twice now) unfriended people on FB for their anti-Muslim comments and posts etc. My reason is simple. I am a Muslim. If you have a problem with Muslims, you most certainly have a problem with me. And vice-versa. And I have no use for ‘friends’ (on FB or even real life) who have a problem with me.

Some may say we should ‘confront’ them and reason with them and bring them down and what not, but what’s the use. We could argue till the cows come home, but it will (most likely) still be useless.

They have a right to their ideas and beliefs, yes, even anti-Muslim ones. And in a democracy (FB being the ultimate and absolute of this), I suppose they have the right to share their views. I respect that and have no issue with it. But I’m glad to have found out their true sentiments, particularly about Muslims, I have no more use for such people, on FB or in life.

As for discrimination and being ‘cheated’, that happens to anyone, anywhere. I have got overcharged or cheated at Muslims shop, in spite of my showing myself as a Muslim. I agree with the sentiments of Rajivmv to a point. I was holidaying (with my relatives) in the UAE sometime ago and while visiting an amusement park, we stopped to have some Shawarma at a small stand in the park. It turned out the vendor was a Sri Lankan (a Sinhalese) and after conversing with us in Sinhala for a while, being quite thrilled to speak Sinhalese in a foreign land, probably after some time, he threw in an extra Shawarma for us, which I’m sure he doesn’t do for every customer. Should he then be persecuted by the authorities for this?

 
liberal
2013-02-10 23:20:13

It’s not about hatred of muslims though is it. No right minded person has an issue with people following islam. For the most part people here are tolerant compared to predominately muslim nations as per the link posted by @gent above. Its more about fear of muslim extremism, i.e everything has be Halal, only employ muslims in muslim businesses, profit at any cost, women have to cover up, one rule for the men another for the women etc. This is what is wrong. Muslims are a minority but they are a very wealthy and powerful minority so they obviously have a significant say in how things unfold here. It one thing to be the liberal majority but what if the tables were turned and muslims ruled Sri Lanka? Would they be so tolerant of other faiths? I doubt it. Would they like to rule ? Sure they would. And before anyone says that will never happen. No one ever really thought a black man would one day be president of the USA yet it has happened. Never say never.

 
Gungan
2013-02-11 12:06:40

I am more concerned about the blatant display of Buddhist extremism (and the tacit state approval of it) than anything else in Sri Lanka today.

 
2013-02-11 20:23:10

My concern as well Gungan and the general apathy of the public to such attacks. What is also disturbing is the latent racism (towards Muslims) that seems to exist amongst some of my otherwise liberal friends-who are also from minorities.

I’m still trying to figure out how to tackle it.

IdidaP
2013-02-12 16:22:27

So if everyone dislikes muslims is everyone wrong? In which case someone should change. Then no one would mind any more. Anyone disagree?

 
 
2013-02-12 10:28:15

Although there’s not much point in arguing with someone who said religion is beyond logic while “arguing” about religion, I’ll simply say this. Don’t be a moron. If Vambotta can murder people, If Kaduwela Vasantha can murder people, why can’t I? Now should I go ahead and murder people? Just because someone else is doing it doesn’t mean it’s right to do it.

As for hoteliers, Navy and everyone else doing it, they too are wrong to do it. It’s discrimination. This would’ve been more obvious if we lived in class sensitive society.

2013-02-12 10:32:55

The above comment was directed at David Blacker

 
 
sharia
2013-02-14 02:17:45

The famous actress Nadeesha Hemamali has reportedly taken up with Ajaz Shaffek and Mohamed Yaseen…So why are married muslim men with children sleeping with this actress? Isn’t adultery against the islam faith? Or does the rule only apply to muslim women? lol. Double standards it looks like. Lets stone the buggers. lol. http://blogs.geegain.com/post/45991/nadeesha-hemamalis-new-love-mohammed

2013-02-14 09:28:49

You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor: I am the LORD.

 
 
2013-02-15 11:50:55

I wasn’t putting forward a logical argument for religion; I was pointing out that you were an idiot to expect religion to be logical.

As for saying the GoSL and the Navy is wrong, first change those wrong laws before attempting to take a minority to task for doing exactly what the government and the majority are doing.

2013-02-15 12:47:33

Of course you weren’t putting forward any argument, logical or illogical. That’s my whole point. It was a completely useless thing to say because there’s no way you could convince someone through argument that religion is true after saying that it’s illogical, since what a valid argument is, is defined by logic. You put that completely useless thing to say in the middle of an argument about the validity of religious claims. A better path would be shut up and have faith in your religion instead of tying to convince non-believers that your religion is illogical, and yet you are justified in believing it.
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Don’t say irrelevant bullshit when you find yourself in a hole. No one was talking about laws here. It’s different issue. Whether there is a law or isn’t is irrelevant to whether something is right or wrong. You know what. Would you be alright if the GoSL and Navy discriminate based on race too?

2013-02-20 10:52:10

“Of course you weren’t putting forward any argument”

Then why claim I was?

My point (which you continue to miss) is that one must be an idiot to argue the validity of one religious claim over the validity of another, on grounds of logic — and logic is the only grounds on which one claim can be more valid than another. Religions are not based on logic. So applying a logical argument is idiotic; as idiotic as claiming red is prettier than blue on logical grounds. It’s even more idiotic to get worked up when someone points it out.

“A better path would be shut up and have faith in your religion”

My faith or lack of it is my concern, but when you make an idiot of yourself in a public space and attempt to belittle a religion you dislike, I am in my right to point out your idiocy. If you don’t like criticism, I suggest you follow your own advice and shut up and have faith in your own religion.

“instead of tying to convince non-believers that your religion is illogical, and yet you are justified in believing it.”

Really? You thought I was trying to convince non-believers that my religion was illogical? :D If they are non-believers, what do I need to convince them of?

And where did I justify believing anything? You really have a problem with logic and comprehension, don’t you? No wonder you’re so angry about it :D

“Don’t say irrelevant bullshit when you find yourself in a hole.”

It is irrelevant to you because you’re too stupid to see the relevance between the fact that you’re criticizing a minority as being wrong, but supporting a government and law that is doing exactly the same thing? are you seriously telling me that even though a law is wrong, it is right because it is the law? Please tell me you’re not that stupid.

“Would you be alright if the GoSL and Navy discriminate based on race too?”

They DO discriminate based on race, shitforbrains. That’s my point. Have you got it now, or shall I draw you a picture with crayons?

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tastyjujubes
2013-02-17 10:48:43

Sounds like a good way to bury one’s head in the sand like an ostrich.

 
shammi
2013-02-18 20:16:15

About the halal thing, it’s OK to say “No to halal”, but they seem to be saying “No halal”, which is absurd and pointless.
What I would support wholeheartedly is a call for better laws and stricter enforcement for more humane methods of slaughtering animals for meat.

tastyjujubes
2013-02-19 10:01:11

Really? According to this article:

“It is a simple thing of having two display units for Halal and non-Halal food. Non Muslims have no use for Halal foods.”

http://www.ft.lk/2013/02/16/bodu-bala-sena-anti-halal-agitation-to-begin-in-maharagama-tomorrow/

shammi
2013-02-19 12:30:09

That’s reasonable. a separate unit for non halal items. If they can persuade traders, peacefully, that’s fine. If they’re asking for legislation to insist that there has to be a non halal section in every meat stall, they have to show reasonable grounds for that.

That article also quotes them as saying, “We will go door to door to make sure this Halal certification is stopped”.
Are there reasonable grounds for protesting against the method of slaughter that passes as halal here? I haven’t a clue. Or, are they protesting against halal certification merely because it’s a Muslim thing?

Also “…. today the Bodu Bala Sena have given this country a goal,” Gnanasara Thero said. He said the Bodu Bala Sena had “awakened a sleeping race” and rekindled Buddhist pride. Really? How?

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2013-02-19 12:43:17

For any idiot who thinks the growing Islamic community is not a threat to all sorts of freedom, here’s more evidence against your moronic belief,

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/religion/islam/iran-bans-buddha-statues-stores

shammi
2013-02-19 13:11:29

It appears some morons have never heard of countries such as Jordan.
I think all religious statue stores should be banned nowadays, the new ones that sprout up are so tastelessly done, Buddhist and non- Buddhist. It seems like size is all that matters to these people.

2013-02-19 13:30:38

Somehow, some morons have the ability to see only the data they want to see.

86% of Jordanians thinks it’s a good idea to punish apostasy with death. Morons.
http://www.pewglobal.org/2010/12/02/muslims-around-the-world-divided-on-hamas-and-hezbollah/

In Jordan, if you convert from Islam you risk losing your civil rights. The morons also forbids a Muslim woman to marry a non-Muslim man, unless the guy converts to Islam.
http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/2009/127350.htm

But of course, Jordan is no USA. I agree that it’s much more liberal than Saudi Arabia or Iran. But we’d be very lucky to become Jordan. Jordan survives because it has a rock solid constitution found on Western liberal principles. Let’s hope make Mahinda makes something like that.

The fact that virtually all religious extremist countries are Islamic ones should always be a warning.

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shammi
2013-02-19 17:57:06

It’s been found that usually three out of four things we worry about will not come to pass, whereas, three others that we never dreamed of, would happen. So most morons are doing about the right amount of worrying, though about the wrong things.

But some morons worry about things that may come to pass 400 years hence, when there are so many things already wrong with the country, about which something could be done, and needs to be done. Things like preserving national unity.

 
2013-02-20 09:40:31

Yeah, just throw away all your arguments when they’ve been debunked, and just assert stuff that you pull out of your ass. That strategy seems to have worked for you in the past.

As I wrote, even Jordan, which is one of the most liberal Islamic countries in the world, is not exactly full of religious freedom. The only countries where all 100% of its citizens belong to one religion are Islamic. Most countries that ban Buddha statues are also Islamic. All these should be signs of warning.

Just because something takes 400 years to happen, doesn’t mean it is not inevitable. Four hundred years is not a long time in a country’s life span. Unless controlled, Muslims will become the largest religious group in SL in four hundred years. When that is about to happen, everyone will panic, and lot of shit will happen. The monk who leads the Bodu Bala Sena, that guy is a thug. Unless growth of Islam is not smoothly controlled, it is those thugs who will volunteer to do it.

But go ahead. You, like the rest of the club of morons, cannot be persuaded by argument.

 
shammi
2013-02-21 09:07:06

I assume you mean the increase in the number of followers when you say “growth if Islam”. Campaigning for a secular state is one thing, but I’m interested to know how you propose to “smoothly control” the “growth of Islam”, without curtailing individual freedoms, and what makes you even imagine anyone has the right to do that.

 
 
 
 
tastyjujubes
2013-02-20 10:09:38

Don’t need to go far. Just look at the Muslim neighbours of Sri Lanka – Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Maldives. According to the Maldivian constitution one cannot be a citizen of the Maldives unless one is Muslim. No Bibles, chains with the cross, Buddha statues, Vesak or Christmas cards allowed in. Ancient Buddha statues, which are the heritage of the Maldivians are smashed in museums without issue. A lion statue gift from Sri Lanka is attacked for being an “idol.” Pakistan – Christians being slaughtered, Shia Muslims, Sufis and Ahmadis being slaughtered, Hindus forced to convert or flee to India, blasphemy laws in full force, no Christmas or Easter holidays…

You think Sri Lanka would be any different if Muslims were in the majority?

Honest question.

 
2013-02-20 10:55:53

I don’t think it’ll be much worse than it already is.

 
shammi
2013-02-20 12:26:07

According to Sharanga’s calculations Sri Lanka wil have a Muslim majority 400 years from now. If that happens, a big IF, Sri Lanka will be different. Of course. But is this a time to be worrying about the growth in our Muslim population?

I think we should be thinking of,
Rampant lawlessness (though Sharanga seems to think that there’s been no real change in the situation over the years)
Alienating the Muslim population even when we haven’t yet mended fences with the Tamils, regardless of who we believe brought it on in the first place
The fast widening disparity in earnings
The present state of our once great free education system
The deterioration in university education standards
The neglect and abuse of children
The poor quality of life of women in lower income groups
The concentration on mega development projects, ignoring those who most need development
Wastage at all levels in all sectors and poor management of resources
Shortcomings in our legal and justice system which brings untold suffering to many

I could go on and on, before I came to what seems to be the main worry of Sharanga and Bodu Bala Sena

2013-02-21 10:08:22

It’s not a big IF. All you have to do is assume that no population control is put in place, and Muslims continue to not use condoms due to their religious beliefs. As for your concerns

1. Rampant lawlessness- Under Muslims, you will have law, except it’d be the most retarded law ever invented – the Sharia Law or some version of it.
2. The fast widening disparity in earnings – Actually the concern should be the gini coefficient. But I see the point and it’s valid. But there’s no reason you cannot be concerned both about this, as well as Islamic growth. They are not mutually exclusive.
3. The present state of our once great free education system- We don’t have right to get free education. The taxpayers do not have an obligation to pay for the education of others. I don’t think free education is evil. But it isn’t something I will miss if it’s shot dead and buried.
4. The deterioration in university education standards- You expect government universities to do well? That’s what you believe when you don’t believe in the free market.
5. The neglect and abuse of children – serious issue. Again, no reason that we couldn’t care about this.
6. The poor quality of life of women in lower income groups – ONLY WOMEN???? What does it matter what type of genitals one has? Lower income people have a poor quality of life regardless of their sex. Just don’t touch my income
7. The concentration on mega development projects, ignoring those who most need development – the best thing the government can do, is just take its hands off from everyone’s income.
8. Wastage at all levels in all sectors and poor management of resources – Privatize
9. Shortcomings in our legal and justice system which brings untold suffering to many- Which is why we won’t become Jordan. Anyway, this is part of a bigger issue, and nothing good will happen until this government is toppled.
10.Alienating the Muslim population even when we haven’t yet mended fences with the Tamils, regardless of who we believe brought it on in the first place- The solution is not to suck up to them.

shammi
2013-02-21 12:22:28

I wasn’t asking you for solutions. I was pointing out that there were more pressing concerns.

But I did ask how you propose to “smoothly control” the “growth of Islam”, and what right you thought you had to do that.

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2013-02-21 18:07:23

Of course you weren’t asking for solutions. There’s no use in giving solutions to you, because you won’t even what the hell gini coefficient means. Even if you did know what that means, no one can persuade you to believe anything through argument. I give solutions only because I like doing that.
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What right do I have to smoothly control the growth of Islam? None. In fact will try to violate their political right to reproduce if that what it takes to prevent them from taking control. Why? Because I prefer it that way. I believe if they gain power, they will violate the rights of the more liberal people. I don’t want that to happen. That’s a preference. Not a right.

If you don’t like it, I ask, what right do you have to incarcerate a man? What right do we have to run prisons? Who gave that right to you?

 
shammi
2013-02-21 18:56:58

But I dont even argue with you. I only say enough to make you spout the stuff you do, and you respond beautifully every time. Thanks. Keep it up. My only fear is that David Blacker on the other thread will give you an aneurysm and spoil all my fun, permanently.

LOL! So how exactly do you plan to violate their right to reproduce?

 
2013-02-21 19:31:14

//time. Thanks. Keep it up.//

You’re welcome.
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//My only fear is that David Blacker on the other thread will give you an aneurysm and spoil all my fun, permanently.//

Congrats on realising David Blacker the Dishonest F*ck needs all the help he can get.

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//LOL! So how exactly do you plan to violate their right to reproduce?//

A kid’s religion is usually the father’s religion. So I’ll just get all Muslim men to marry you, and ban polygamy. Even the few Muslim kids you give birth to would total retards who won’t even know what a constitutional right means.

 
shammi
2013-02-21 21:31:54

Told you! Thanks again.

So I wonder what percentage of Sri Lankan Muslim men actually practise polygamy. Seeing how keen you are on people backing up their claims with statistics, I take it you’ve conducted a survey and performed a thorough analysis of the data, when you think banning polygamy will help your cause.

 
 
 
 
2013-02-22 07:16:33

Don’t be a moron. I don’t need stats for this. I make all of them marry you. I make them divorce their current wives in order to marry you. Then I ban polygamy so that they won’t marry other women. I will also ban extra-marital affairs. Then we’ll have a generation of morons. They’d even think I needed to use stats to do this.

 
shammi
2013-02-22 09:57:09

When you cut the ad hominem, it appears there’s really no way you could “smoothly control” the “growth of Islam”, and since you seem to have little faith in the ability or willingness of other races to reproduce as prolifically (based on some little insecurities of your own, perhaps?) you’re doomed to your nightmares of a future Muslim state of Sri Lanka for the rest of your life. Now I fervently hope you wont get that aneurysm and die suddenly, because a life sentence is infinitely more painful than the death sentence.

2013-02-22 11:19:18

That’s stupid. Do you even know what ad hominem means? Here’s an excellent tutorial
http://plover.net/~bonds/adhominem.html

I engaged with your arguments directly. I’m of coursed pissed of at your stupidity. But I don’t avoid arguments. You on the other hand is doing just that. According to you yourself, you’re not even arguing. For example, you asked me what right do I have to control the growth of Islam. I didn’t dodge the question. I answered it clearly and directly. The answer may not be something you agree with. But I did answer it. Then I asked you a question. I asked what right you you have to incarcerate a person. You didn’t even bother to answer it. Instead you just kept on insulting me, saying that you aren’t even arguing with me. So now you’re accusing me of ad hominem? Check out that tutorial I linked to. Ironically, accusing me of of ad hominem when I’ve directly engaged with your arguments and question is ad hominem. So right there, there are two ad hominem attacks on me.

The only two questions of yours I didn’t answer directly was the following two.
1. how you propose to “smoothly control
2. LOL! So how exactly do you plan to violate their right to reproduce?

I talked about the first question in previous thread. As I said there, I’m not decided on it yet. But perhaps taxes would be the way to limit it. Taxes screw up business growth. So taxes will screw up family size growth too.

I didn’t answer the second one, and instead made a tasteless joke, because of the retarded LOL, and because you said you weren’t arguing with me.

Now, click on that link and read what ad hominem is. It’s a pretty basic tutorial so even you would be able to follow it.

 
 
shammi
2013-02-22 13:44:54

Pray tell, how did I insult you? Your attacks are tasteless jokes and my stating plain facts are insults?

I flattered you by mistakenly imagining that you would know the difference between a preference and a right. See, even a Muslim will agree with the right of society to incarcerate anyone for a criminal act in keeping with the country’s laws. But they would fight against discrimination, or any laws that they felt were discriminatory.

If you want an argument, here’s one. How could taxes screw up the size of Muslim families? If you are assuming that only Muslims engage in business, I say taxes could be passed on to consumers of other races, screwing them up. Besides, most businessmen would cut their costs to maintain their profit, so that would screw up the income of the Muslim businessman’s non- Muslim employee, forcing him to shrink his family.
Even the premise that lower incomes would make Muslims limit their family size sounds wrong to me. Isn’t it a fact that more affluent families opt for fewer children?

2013-02-22 15:20:51

At least now you try to respond to what I actually wrote, even though moronically. That’s a start.

//See, even a Muslim will agree with the right of society to incarcerate anyone for a criminal act in keeping with the country’s laws.//

The depth of this issue is probably too much for you to appreciate, since it’s ridiculously obvious that you haven’t read a single work of a serious political philosopher. But let me try.

Where did this right of society to incarcerate criminals come from? Was it written on some kind of stone tablet? In which atom, which subatomic particle was this right written?

If you buy into libertarian political philosophy, which is the only philosophy that has a coherent concept of rights, only individuals have rights, not societies. But they too face the above fundamental question. Where did these rights come from? Some of them have given ingenious answers to this.

So suppose society indeed has a right to incarcerate criminals. Where did this right come from? Since you can’t observe them in nature, it seems like this right is a right only because society claimed it. Why did it claim that right? It is because it thought it’s best for itself.

Then consider the fact that most people consider they have a right to be not incarcerated, and move freely. The state is going to violate that right because you murdered someone, or didn’t pay taxes, or because you drove at a high speed. From where did the state get this right to violate what you consider as your right? From nowhere. It just claimed it.

So here’s what I’m getting at. You asked me where did I get the right to control the growth of Islam. My answer is, if you think the society has right to incarcerate criminals, then I too do have a right to control Islam’s growth. I just claim that right, as society did.

But I’m not a moron like you. I don’t think the society has a right to incarcerate people. I don’t think I have a right to control the growth of Islam. What I have is preference to drive the world the way I see it should, just like what society has is a preference to do what it thinks is best for itself.

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//I flattered you by mistakenly imagining that you would know the difference between a preference and a right.//

It’s funny, how moronic you are to say this when I said this:
Because I prefer it that way. I believe if they gain power, they will violate the rights of the more liberal people. I don’t want that to happen. That’s a preference. Not a right.

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//If you want an argument, here’s one. How could taxes screw up the size of Muslim families? //

This just shows how moronic you are, and how unaware you are of how other countries have successfully carried out population control.

The tax is not on income. The tax is on children. We put an outrageously heavy tax on every third child. We put an even more outrageously heavy tax on every fourth child, and even more on fifth and so on. We put this tax on everyone, regardless of their race so that no one can accuse of discrimination.

There goes your “argument”. Apparently you thought I was proposing something stupid, the kind of thing even you’re capable of imagining.

 
 
2013-02-22 19:16:07

Apologies in advance for adding some (halal) petrol on to this bonfire. Shouldn’t those people (e.g Sharanga) concerned about the Muslim birthrate start their own crash-program to outbreed them by immediately starting a “Shag for a (non-Muslim dominated) Sri Lanka” campaign.

It’s the only way to be sure.

shammi
2013-02-22 20:06:57

They (e.g. Sharanga) probably feel they’re not competent enough.

2013-02-22 21:57:46

The way of the dodo is pregnant with my child. So there.

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2013-02-22 21:56:30

Just started boning your girlfriend. Thanks for the idea Mango.

 
shammi
2013-02-22 22:31:46

Looks like Sharanga has finally realized that taxation is not a solution, and is now fnatasizing/hallucinating in the right direction.

 
 
shammi
2013-02-22 20:04:19

Reading too many of those tomes without actually comprehending anything seems to have garbled up your wiring. So I’m fine with just common sense.

It doesn’t have to be written anywhere, common consensus has led to the convention, as a deterrent to people infringing upon another’s freedom, and howevermuch you may bray about it, your isolated personal feelings are of no significance.

“Taxes screw up business growth. So taxes will screw up family size growth too. ” is what you said, as if the latter was a consequence of the former.Now you say, you meant the tax would be on children. This might control numbers, but have you thought about the effect it would have on the quality of the progeny? It would limit the number of different combinations of genetic matter created, and where would we be if it resulted in a lot of robots like you. It would be worth looking in to how many great people were the later children of their parents, before you embark on this unnatural exercise.

Now if our Muslims are as fanatical as you imagine, I think they would find ways to get around your tax laws. Also, have you had any experience with our tax department? I think not, because you would otherwise know how inefficient they are at their job. Your plans are doomed.

shammi
2013-02-22 20:07:45

In reply to Sharanga

2013-02-22 21:54:56

//It doesn’t have to be written anywhere, common consensus has led to the convention, as a deterrent to people infringing upon another’s freedom, and howevermuch you may bray about it, your isolated personal feelings are of no significance.//

This is a retard’s political philosophy.

There’s a common consensus in Sri Lanka that men are superior to women. There’s a common consensus in America that god exists and evolution is divinely guided. There’s a common consensus in Pakistan that executing a girl for adultery is okay if she cannot provide four witnesses to prove that she was raped. Does that mean any of them therefore is true? Moron. It’s not my personal feelings. It’s just clarity of thought, something a moron like you doesn’t have.

Suppose there was a common consensus that we should not by American products. Should we therefore not buy American products?

Moron
**

I’d rather not talk genetics with you. The last time I talked genetics with you, you thought 3000 years was enough for significant genetic change to happen in a gene pool, and that the fact black Americans are incredibly good at short distance running has nothing to do with their genes and that intelligence of all races is equal.

So I’d rather not talk about any of that. But the point is clear, and even you agree with it. My plan, whatever its costs are, would control the numbers.

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shammi
2013-02-22 22:22:19

Dear Moron,

Whatever thoughts you may have on the matter are irrelevent in a world which accepts the convention of incarcerating criminals as a means of protecting the freedoms of others.

Your plan will not work in Sri Lanka, because our incompetent tax collectors will not do their job properly, and those who want (and can) will go ahead and have their babies anyway, loopholes will be found and case filed, and lawyers and judges will prolong the cases, and by the time the verdicts are given the accused will have died. Very sorry.

Shammi

 
 
 
 
shammi
2013-02-22 20:34:40

If they (he) doesn’t feel up to it, they (he) could at least contribute towards the cause by making our own version of that video the Singaporeans once prodeucedto encourage couples on National day /night.

 
2013-02-22 23:21:32

Isn’t Dodo a guy? Not that it matters –  if you like a bit of ‘man-on-man’ action, I’d never criticise. Anyway, keep shagging away. Let’s just hope you don’t produce any ‘morons’, whoever you’re shagging.

 
2013-02-23 05:59:15

See that’s the problem. You’d think that my offsprings would be potential Nobel Prize winners. But see what happened when I shagged your mother. Total disaster.

2013-02-23 17:37:29

So, you’re the window licker with the needle dick she chased out of the house.

How we laughed when we heard the story about the “Chooti ekak”!

A long-standing family mystery solved! Thanks.

2013-02-23 19:31:37

@Mango
She said that? Oh, she was a wild thing. What did you say she called it…ah,’window licking’.

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2013-02-23 23:10:30

She also said that you’d tried the same thing with your mother who also chased you away and beat you for being a little pervert. Cheekay..

 
2013-02-23 23:11:09

p.s window licker = derived from stereotyped behaviour of mentally challenged people, observed to place their open mouths into prolonged contact with the external windows of public or private transport on which they are seated.

 
 
 
 
2013-02-23 06:35:54

@the utter moron who moronically calls me a moron after incorrectly calling ad hominem (the only logical fallacy she knows) on me, after saying common consensus solves the problem of rights, after moronically thinking that I was proposing tax on income, after thinking blind population control would significantly reduce genetic variety, after thinking Jordan is a country with total religious freedom and thinking that SL would rather be like it instead of like Saudi, Iran or Pakistan if it became Islamic, and hundreds of equally idiotic things in previous threads

This is legendary work, even by the club of morons standard. I like especially your take on rights. It’s heartening to see how superior in intellect and knowledge I am in comparison to ordinary people. I mean it is so retardedly anti-intellectual and hilariously dumb that it is the kind of thing a middle aged ordinary man would say to another middle aged ordinary man at a funeral or something to kill time. If it’s a wedding then they’ll fight over it after getting drunk.

Anyway, for my plan to work the government and the tax collectors do not have to run 100% efficiently, or with zero corruption. The programme will run, and that’s enough. For onething, it’s going to be pretty tough to find a loophole here. You can hide income and wealth, but you can’t hide your children without making them legal bastards. Secondly, it costs to even bribe a tax collector. As long as a law is there, it will have an effect. It’s not as if police is not corrupt. You can bribe your way out of anything. But still the speed limits have an effect. Considering the fact that the government and all its institutions are full of Sinhala people, I’d think it’d work quite alright. Even if a Muslim family had three children, it will cost them. Anyone who says this won’t reduce the numbers has a vested interest in this.

Now by the way I’m wondering whether you morons can’t hold on to your opinion for more than few hours. You agreed with me earlier that my plan would reduce the numbers.
//This might control numbers//
Now you are saying,
//Your plan will not work in Sri Lanka, because our incompetent tax collectors will not do their job properly, and those who want (and can) will go ahead and have their babies anyway//

So which is it moron? Does it control the numbers or not?

 
shammi
2013-02-23 12:01:09

When you sign off as Moron, you must expect to be addressed in the same way.

Any normal person who went through this thread instead of just the little bits you extracted would understand the context in which I said everything, though your incomprhension in incurable. So I’m not going to repeat myself.

Just because you dont see the loopholes doesn’t mean there aren’t any. There are always loopholes, and in Sri Lanka I’m inclined to think that the lawmakers leave them there on purpose.

Taxation seemed like a solution to me, until I remembered what our tax dept. was like.
You think the Sinhalese will prevent a Muslim from evading tax? Haven’t you heard of the Muslim who was the major beneficiary in the greatest tax (VAT) scam in our history and is at this moment with the help of a number of officials (mostly Sinhalese and Tamil) happily enjoying the fruits of his deceit in Dubai, even when there was ample opportunity to arrest him.

So good luck to you with your one man breeding program and your Population Control by Taxation in Sri Lanka program. You’ll need all the luck you can get.

2013-02-23 16:29:12

Ok. I’ll extract the whole part then since you’re saying I’m extracting little bits. Here’s you earlier.

//Now you say, you meant the tax would be on children. This might control numbers, but have you thought about the effect it would have on the quality of the progeny? It would limit the number of different combinations of genetic matter created, and where would we be if it resulted in a lot of robots like you. It would be worth looking in to how many great people were the later children of their parents, before you embark on this unnatural exercise.//

There, still saying that you didn’t think my plan might control the numbers. Being a moron is one thing. Being a dishonest moron is another. Read the above part again and tell me whether you didn’t say my plan might control the numbers.

Now you’ve changed your opinion and pretend you haven’t. What’s happened to this place. This used to be a den of morons. Now it’s full of dishonest morons. So, are you seriously telling me that you didn’t say earlier that my plan would control numbers?

 
 
shammi
2013-02-23 18:50:51

I repeat,

Taxation seemed like a solution to me, until I remembered what our tax dept. was like.

You think the Sinhalese will prevent a Muslim from evading tax? Haven’t you heard of the Muslim who was the major beneficiary in the greatest tax (VAT) scam in our history and is at this moment with the help of a number of officials (mostly Sinhalese and Tamil) happily enjoying the fruits of his deceit in Dubai, even when there was ample opportunity to arrest him.

So good luck to you with your one man breeding program and your Population Control by Taxation in Sri Lanka program. You’ll need all the luck you can get.

I guess I’ll have to amend that last sentence in the light of what Mango has just revealed.

 
2013-02-23 19:20:55

See, that wasn’t hard, right? Being honest is a virtue one must have even if she’s a moron. You changed your opinion without acknowledging it and tried to pretend you didn’t, until you were pressed. But don’t worry. That actually means you have little bit more self-respect than David Blacker. This is not a compliment though.

And after doing that sort of thing, you’re accusing me of ad hominem. Hilarious.

shammi
2013-02-23 23:28:06

Are you blind in addition to being an incomprehending moron? I was repeating what I had already said at 12:01 on 23/12. Nevermind. Dont change. Your desperation is so entertaining.

Keep dreaming about the taxation solution, since it appears there maybe some, er, little inadequacies getting in the way of the other solution.

2013-02-24 08:04:23

Not blind. Just wanted you to repeat the same thing again because earlier you pretended as if you didn’t suddenly change your position without any kind of acknowledgement. That’s dishonesty, and making you repeat the thing that earlier you pretended you didn’t was your punishment. It’s more convincing when you say a thing twice.

So what do we have here? A dishonest moron. A moron because of obvious reasons like thinking common consensus solves the problem of rights (there’s a list here that goes on for hundred of pages) and dishonest because she shifts her position without acknowledgement (the behaviour is sometimes called sticking your tail up in your ass and pretending otherwise). Hilarious. The things people do to save their misguided sense of dignity)

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2013-02-24 08:18:40

@Mango

Well, lookie here now my little son, up at 11.09pm and thinking about me. Obviously that means the guy is not having sex, and instead is thinking about “window licking” with one hand on the keyboard and the other in his … But still, I’m touched.

Look, kiddo, you don’t have to look up in a dictionary what kind of woman your mother is, and certainly you don’t have to display your severe case of Oedipus Complex. I mean, I know you were mortified when your mother started talking about the penises sizes of other men. She should’ve known better not to do that to child at a tender age. But don’t you worry about it son. Oedipus didn’t see his mother coming, right?

Just, relax and forget about all those horrible stories she told you about penis sizes. You don’t have to be up a 11.10 thinking about your old man and his ‘window licking’ adventures.

 
shammi
2013-02-24 11:15:02

Alright, it’s fine with me if you want to be an uncomprehending moron and continue your ad hominem attacks, without replying to the point I raised, i.e., the futility of expecting our tax dept. to do the job properly, when there’s ample evidence to the contrary.

No doubt you’ll follow this up with your usual longwinded, if unconvincing, reply, to which I’m not going to respond because it’s getting to be boring. I only get in to these conversations with you for the entertainment you so freely provide, with your highly amusing attempts at sounding knowledgeable and superior.

So go ahead and have any number of moronic last words.

shammi
2013-02-24 11:17:13

p.s.: Maybe Mango is a morning person, or an anytime person, and not a boring “only at night” person.

2013-02-24 15:00:38

Maybe mango is a morning person? Oh, what makes you say that? Is it your weird perception that allows you to ‘perceive’ crime rates, or did you sleep with him? Because otherwise this sounds like an attempt to cover his balls with your hands.

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2013-02-24 14:57:01

Hah. The ad hominem shit again. I would bet you wouldn’t be able to tell to which category of logical fallacies it falls without first looking it up in Wikipedia. I could’ve made a small fortune if there was a way to actually bet against the club of morons.

As for your tax inefficiencies nonsense, I replied to that already. I’ll simply repeat myself. My plan doesn’t need the tax collection process to run with 100% efficiency, or with 0% corruption. All it has to do is run. But you already knew that I did reply to this. So this is another if your ad hominem attacks on me.

As for me attempting to sound knowledgeable and superior, that’s moronic. I don’t attempt to sound knowlegeable and superior, I am knowlegeable and intellectually superior to you and the rest of the club of morons and I outright say that that is the case.

Now you said you’ll give me the last word. I’m quite sure that since you are now biting your lips and about to cry, you have more to say. But nevertheless, if this is the last word on this, I’d say, I’m right.

 
 
2013-02-24 22:02:57

Ummm..Sharanga, the oedipal issue is your problem since you’re the one who reacted to the (halal) petrol by bringing mothers into the bonfire!

And then your follow up indicating grandiose delusions of self-worth (“I am knowlegeable and intellectually superior”)

A needle-dicked window licker, mummy’s boy with a narcissistic personality disorder.

Truly you’re a legend in your own lunchtime ! Priceless.

2013-02-26 09:20:39

@Mango,

Hih. Still thinking about me at 10pm? That’s hilarious.

 
 
shammi
2013-02-25 20:59:39

Tsk, tsk, Sharanga. I was merely pointing out some of the possibilities, so that you could update your probabilities (isn’t that the way it should be done?), because you seem to be making a whole lot of assumptions, based on your wild imaginings.

2013-02-26 09:19:31

See, wasn’t I right about you having more to say? Hah.

shammi
2013-02-26 09:54:05

Not on that topic Sharanga, only on the tasteless personal attack, but go right ahead, it only exposes you.

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2013-02-26 12:20:36

What? Saying that you’re biting your lips and about to cry is a tasteless personal attack? Well, at least it’s not as tasteless as talking about other people’s ‘insecurities’.

But still I was right. You had more to say because of your misguided sense of self-worth. See, when I find a thread boring, I just quit. That’s because I never lose debates and because I’m not vain enough to care about my image. I know all of you think that I’m a pompous arrogant bastard but I just don’t give a shit. I don’t hang around, trying to convince others of anything. You on the other hand totally give a shit about what even a person like me thinks. You don’t know me. You don’t like me. But still you give too much shit about what I think about you. I think this is because of your lonely childhood. You were a neglected child. Nobody cared about you. You were always the other child. The wallflower. What we see now are the effects of that childhood.

How’s that for a psychoanalysis? Makes me almost wish psychoanalysis was a real science.

 
shammi
2013-03-05 19:37:39

Actually, I’d said “LITTLE insecurities”. You omitted the adjective. Anybody would think that was Freudian, no?

 
 
 
 
2013-03-05 18:27:27

Don’t worry, Chooti Ekak Sharanga”, the halal petrol appears to have worked on your bonfire, beyond my wildest expectations.

 
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Damian Poosa (2000-2014)

Our family cat Damian passed away last night. He was an American cat and it was fitting that he passed on the Fourth Of July. Damian was an ornery cat made happy by the love and care of my sister and parents. I brought him home on the day of my high school graduation (a stunningly thoughtless thing, in hindsight) and my sister and mother actually raised him. He then travelled back to Sri Lanka and had a great time till he got old.

How The BBS Attacks (A Tale Of Two Cities)

This seems to be the basic BBS gameplan (for fucking up everything we’ve worked so hard to build after the war). It’s a cycle of outrage, riot, fear, repeat. It’s like the eightfold path to not being a Buddhist:

Buddhism And Racism

Buddhism is not racist. The ideas and practice of Buddhism involve meditation, perception of impermanence and ultimately what we would call a renunciation of self. Being a Buddhist, however, is not just that. Being a Buddhist fundamentally involves taking refuge in three things – the Buddha, the Dhamma (his teachings) and the Sangha (the community of practice). As a Buddhist, this is why the violence in Aluthgama is so troubling. Becomes it comes cloaked in the colors of the Sangha. The main racists and instigators of mob violence are monks.

The Tragedy In Aluthgama

I haven’t written here in a while because, well, I guess I haven’t had much to say. I’m been writing about food and leisure at YAMU but, well, somethings gotten in the way of that now. In a way we could sense it because of the constant halal debate on YAMU, which is mainly a food site. That food issue in many ways has become a touchstone for the Muslim/Buddhist tensions rising in this country. Yesterday those tensions seemed to explode in Aluthgama and Beruwela on the Western coast. The racist BBS staged a rally there and then paraded thru the streets. This exploded into violence, attacks on businesses and homes.