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By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

ASGIRIYA, SRI LANKA (Worthy News)– Eleven monks from the nationalist Buddhist Strength Force lobby led a violent mob of 250 villagers who physically assaulted the family of the pastor of Holy Family Church in Asgiriya, Sri Lanka, on Feb. 16, according to Christian Today Australia.

The monks demanded that both the pastor and his wife stop holding worship services, but when the couple protested, they were forced outside and assaulted. After the attack, a BBS leader gathered villagers together near the pastor's home where he promised the same ill treatment for anyone participating in Christian worship services.

Ultra nationalist Buddhist monks have also threatened worshippers in Warakapola and Sabaragamuwa provinces who were attending the Church of Grace. Signatories of a petition drafted by the pastor defending their right to freely worship have been threatened as well.

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  • a.lejune
    30 March 2014 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    I'm having trouble here understanding how this is Christian persecution. It's persecution of some family's right to worship but how is it Christian? Their church is called holy family? Isn't that Catholic of some kind? Deifying Joseph and Mary, along with Christ (Messiah) isn't Christian, it's pagan.

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