July 04, Galle: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today that those who condemn other religions and speak against other faiths are only bringing disgrace to their own religion.
He pointed out that extremists bring no justice to any religion and it would be an insult to one's own religion if he or she talks against any other religion or let others down.
Expressing these views today during a ceremony to hand over the reconstructed Methodist Church in Galle Fort to its followers, the President said whatever the religion one belongs to, all should honor their country.
President Rajapaksa vested the Galle Fort Methodist Church renovated by the Sri Lanka Navy under the direction of the President to the followers to mark the 200th anniversary of Sri Lanka Methodist Church.
The President of Sri Lanka Methodist Church, Rev. Dr. A. W. Jebanesan performed a special mass to invoke god's blessing on the President Rajapaksa.
Addressing a another ceremony held at the Poddala Traditional Wood carving village of Bope in Galle today to vest the new facilities and distribute carving equipment for the craftsmen, President Rajapaksa said his government's policy is not to stop development of the country in fear of public criticism.
He said this bold action is the main difference between the ruling government and the Opposition United National Party (UNP).
Ministers Douglas Devananda and Piyasena Gamage, Governor of Southern Province Kumari Balasuriya, and several deputy ministers and parliamentarians participated in the events.
p> (Photos by Chandana Perera)