Bigoted monks and militant mobs: Is this Buddhism in Sri Lanka today? http://groundviews.org/2012/04/23/bigoted-mon...
Here is what Mr Yapa has to say on this:
April 23, 2012 • 4:16 pm
I do not approve taking law into anybody’s hands and to act harming others rights or interests. However, one also should not be hastened to take this incident to paint Sinhalese/Buddhists as one of the most uncivilized ethnic groups in the world, as such a conclusion has severe counterproductive ideological repercussions on others as well.
It is not deniable existence of extreme groups among Sinhalese/Buddhists population, however, this is not a case limited to Sinhalese/Buddhists alone, it is existent among any other communities in the world, some es lesser among some and more among others. So, I think other outside things such as the extremist Sinhalese groups should not be added to salt the incident even to uplift the news value of the incident. Let the incident have its own gravity and let none of us add extra value to it or enlarge it.
We should not take this incident as an opportunity to fulfill our general or special dislikes to Sinhalese and Buddhists as well, Since, when one finger is pointed to others four fingers are pointed to the himself. It is a common occurrence we become saints at others faults. Such things happen not to taste and enjoy, but to take as examples to understand sort of things that should not happen in the future.
No one should take it as a point to quench our desire to overly humiliate others. Not only the blunder should not be tolerated but tasting and enjoying it in large proportions in the name of anything should also not be tolerated. There are some kind of actions that are better when refrained from than doing them. Giving publicity sometimes could be counter productive, especially when it is not done or cannot be done objectively. I think in such cases, if we have nothing to do, it is better not to do it in a public forum, as mob has no brains, control or responsibility than converting everything into some consumables to keep chewing as chewing gum just to keep their moths active. The whole world can be burn with a one irresponsible spark of fire. Irresponsible mouths are worse.