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Christmas Carnivores and Christian Conscience
I refer to the above letter by Ms. Vanita Perera that appeared in an English
Daily, not so long ago (December 20, 2008). Her letter, beautifully reveals the
religious images linked with Christmas - to quote, of ‘the nativity scene as
Baby Jesus lies among lambs in a manger or shepherds who watch their flock by
night, contrasted with the commercial images during the same festive season,
feasting on fattened turkeys, roast pork, smoked ham and honeyed lamb.
I see ‘eye to eye’ with the writer, that Christmas is a celebration of birth not
death and so, why must we commemorate it with ‘mass killings’ laid out on a
Christmas table. The reference to Adam and Eve, who left behind, among many
other ideals, also a vegetarian diet, when they were banished from the Garden of
Eden, is very appropriate.
I am inclined to believe (though I am not a Christian) that the Fifth
Commandment, ‘Thou Shall Not Kill’, without any suggestion/mention of excluding
animals, may be interpreted as what some Christians too accept, to mean that
Jesus Christ included the animals too, in the Fifth Commandment.
I am the one with Vanita Perera that Christmas should be peaceful and joyous to
all living beings.
Professor M. Sivasuriya
Humbug of politicians with their allowances
Even before nominations to the Western Provincial Council was finalised by all
parties, some expecting nominations and fearing that they may not be nominated,
have started campaigning vigorously, with large posters and cutouts of them
posing with their leaders.
However, it would be interesting to quote what the Telegraph had to say of
When politics is treated as just a career, not a calling, many of its
practitioners will slip into the habit of chiselling what they can out of it. It
is rare, for a week to go by, nowadays, without fresh evidence emerging of
politicians milking their generous, self regulated, systems of allowances and
expenses for all they are worth. The time, when a man or a woman would make
their mark on one walk of life, before going into politics, to use the
experience so gathered, to ‘put something back’ is long gone. Unfortunately,
when politics is treated as just a career, not a calling, it is inevitable that,
many of these practitioners will step into the habit of chiseling what they can
out of it.
Could this be stopped? Of course, it could, if only the leaders of political
parties select honourable men, who have not been charged for rape, thuggery,
fraud, corruption, etc. are not given nomination. If this warning is not heeded
by political leaders, although the public, newspaper editors and religious
bodies have repeatedly voiced their displeasure, there is another effective
measure or action. That is, the intelligent voters should elect honest men, who
have entered the fray, from whatever party it may be, thus giving the leaders
the unpleasant task of weeding them out.
Will the educated, intelligent voters of Western Province, prove that, they want
decent, honest men to represent them in the Western Provincial Council. Waiting