In a coordinated act of faith-based terrorism, suicide bombers went after three churches and five-star hotels in Sri Lanka, killing more than 200 people who had gathered to celebrate Easter Mass while injuring several hundred others. The details are still coming in and the death count will almost inevitably rise. Seven people have been arrested in connection with the attacks so far.
Just as with the mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand a month, the attacks remind those of us who fight for the right to reject God that we must also fight for everyone else’s right to worship peacefully. Religious freedom means nothing if you can be killed for your beliefs.
Humanists International chief executive Gary McLelland issued this brief statement earlier today:
“We are appalled by the tragic news coming from sri lanka, at this time of importance for Christians around the world.
“we stand in solidarity with Christian colleagues, and members of other faith and belief minorities around the world who face persecution.
“Humanists International will continue to campaign alongside all faith and belief partners for freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief. “
More updates to come.