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Contempt of religion: President asks CID to probe Pastor Jerome Fernando

By: Staff Writer

Colombo (LNW): President Ranil Wickremesinghe has reportedly informed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to launch an immediate probe into Pastor Jerme Fernando, who recently has driven himself into hot soup by making a public statement allegedly insulting Lord Buddha.

The Head of the National Security raised concerns with the President over Pastor Fernando’s comments against Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism, stressing that such ideology could lead to communal tensions in the country, a report by Daily Mirror said.

President Wickremesinghe responded by saying that he would not allow any individual to destabilise the country and stressed that anyone instigating religious disharmony should be probed and stern actions should follow.

Pastor Jerome Fernando, who calls himself the Prophet of God, is a leading advocate for the Glorious Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and was recently subject to controversy over a video surfacing on Social Media revealing him make a comment allegedly insulting Lord Buddha and Buddhism.

Parties concerned on Pastor Fernando’s comments are of the view that he is undertaking an activity of a bigger project behind the curtain, paving the way for publicly disowned political leaders to make a comeback, simply by instigating religious disharmony in the same manner to which certain Buddhist monks and extremist groups not very long ago resorted.

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