S12E18 Sri Lanka (4/30/19)

April 30, 2019
Faith & Society:
The Easter Massacre in Sri Lanka and
the Rise of Violence Against People of Faith

On Easter Sunday morning, just a little over a week ago, more than 300 people were killed and over 500 were injured when terrorist bombs tore through three congregations in Sri Lanka. On this Friends Talking Faith with The Three Wise Guys we will discuss faith and the rising tide of terrorist attacks on people of faith. The defense minister in Sri Lanka has stated that the Easter Sunday attacks at three churches and four hotels was the work of a little-known terrorist organization claiming to be Muslim and reportedly retaliating for the murderous attacks against Muslim worshipers in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. We will talk about the sharp rise in deadly violence against faith communities in the past decade. According to Pew Research, in 2018 more than a quarter of the world’s countries experienced a high incidence of hostilities motivated by religious hatred, mob violence related to religion, terrorism, and harassment of women for violating religious codes. Violence against people of faith and what we can do about it – that’s coming up on this episode of Friends Talking Faith.

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