The Sunday Leader

American Television Depicts Buddha Snorting Cocaine

By Michael Hardy

The Sunday Leader has uncovered a shocking new example of the West’s contempt for Buddhist culture and values. On two recent episodes of the popular American television show South Park, the Lord Buddha is depicted as a drug addict, graphically snorting several lines of cocaine. When contacted by The Sunday Leader, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Moral Uplift Secretary H. M. Herath expressed his indignation over the show’s contents.
“We are going to forward this to the responsible authorities,” Herath vowed. “We will take it to the Sangha and to the Buddhist Congress. This is defamation to every religion. It is a crime and hurts others’ beliefs, which shouldn’t be done by any person. We should respect other people’s beliefs.”

When asked what action the Ministry of Religious Affairs would take, Herath said that he would “ban the show, and even the entire TV series from coming to Sri Lanka.”

However, Herath would not say whether he would attempt to prevent the sale of South Park DVDs, which are widely available in Colombo.

The Sunday Leader has learned that Lord Buddha is a recurring character on South Park. He is portrayed as member of the “Super Best Friends,” along with Jesus, Lord Krishna, Lao Tzu, and other religious leaders. In the television show’s 200th episode last week, the Super Friends defend the fictional town of South Park, Colorado against a class-action lawsuit by a group of Hollywood celebrities led by Tom Cruise. Cruise promises to end the lawsuit if he can meet the Prophet Muhammad, but the people of South Park are afraid that if Muhammad visits their village there will be a terrorist attack. The show later depicts Muhammad in a bear costume. In previous episodes, the show depicted Muhammad directly, sparking Muslim anger.

In a scene likely to offend Buddhists all over the world, the show depicts Jesus scolding the Buddha for his drug abuse. The Buddha takes a rolled-up dollar bill and snorts several white lines of cocaine off the table.

“Buddha, don’t do coke in front of kids!” Jesus tells him.

In the most recent episode, the Buddha is again seen snorting lines of cocaine. Jesus tells him that his drug addiction is becoming a problem. The Buddha responds by pointing out that Jesus is watching internet porn. Jesus then says “Internet porn isn’t the same as doing coke, fag!” One can only wonder what religious people are to make of Jesus calling the Buddha a homosexual.

The two episodes, which were seen by 3.3 million viewers, have provoked criticism across the world, especially from Muslim groups who object to any representation of Muhammad. On the website Revolution Muslim, Abu Talheh al Amrikee warned the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, that they “will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show.” Filmmaker Van Gogh was murdered in 2004 in Amsterdam after making a documentary on violence against women in Islamic societies.

South Park, which has been on television since 1997, is seen all over the world through cable television and DVD sets. It used to be shown on the cable channel VH1 in Sri Lanka, but is now off the air.

107 Comments for “American Television Depicts Buddha Snorting Cocaine”

  1. The author of this article seems to be only concerned about Lord Buddha being mocked in South Park. South Park has mocked at every single religious figure for over a decade. Although I dont think it is a nice thing, I find this article very provocative.
    Come on get real, its not just Buddha who is mocked at, in the west. Jesus is mocked more often than anyone else. Just like Lord Buddha takes Cocaine, Jesus himself watches porn (note more than 70% Americans are Christians). I think we Sri Lankans need to be more tolerant and not lose our temper by articles such as these, which reflects some parties’ petty interests in seeing our society turn anti west.

    • Paul Smith

      Why don’t the Americans make films on true facts depicited in the bible. Specially it will be good for U.S. children.
      “Kill your child ,wife and every body else if they don’t beleive in our God (Deutoronomy 13th Chapter).
      Jesus says- bring all my enimies and kill them in front of me (New Testament – St Luke19th Chap).
      Eat the flesh of Humans and of your children(Deutoronomy 28, Jeramia 19th Chaps)
      Implement genocide on Amalek, Kill all the children and women- (Samuel 15th)
      Have sex with your daughter (Corianthianthian 7th Chapter)
      God will make these women naked and expose their private parts.(Isea 3rd Chapter.)
      This is only a few. As you see this is the real reason why they slander and fabricate things about other releigons) No body can dispute, as I have given the references. The facts in the Bible are Nauseus. Spielberg should be asked to make films on these themes in the Bible.

      • Ruwan

        Are u sure the bible had said those things?? Are those words still exist in the modern bible??

        • Shan

          Ruwan find out yourself.

          Below is a link to many versions of the Bible.

          http://www.gnpcb.org/esv/browse/

        • Paul Smith

          Dear Ruwan

          What do you mean by modern Bible?. Is there a latest Edition of God. I thought there was only one God and his word was eternal. Any way I have checked several versions of Bible used by various Churches and found the same. . So Ruwan you have embarked on removing all the dirty things uttered and done by God and Jesus and write it in a way to suit the modern world.Oh my God

        • Gabriella

          Ruwan : Do not be influenced by fools.

          Any person with a modicum of intelligence; referencing the Bible, would quote chapter and verse. They would also be able to spell – DEUTERONOMY – JEREMIAH – ISAIAH –
          CORINTHIANS – BELIEVE – ENEMIES – RELIGIONS and NAUSEOUS.

          More importantly, ‘they’ would not take words and sentences out of context to present a septic argument.

          Also, in the Old Testament people lived under the LAW and in the New Testament people live under Grace.

          Context and Period are most important when
          interpreting the Bible ( and should not be attempted by fools). I trust this quick and simplistic reply will illustrate my point of not heeding the uneducated.

          We should be promoting PEACE and HARMONY between all RACES’ and RELIGIONS – not sowing the ‘seeds’ of hatred.

          “Leave your simple ways and you will live, walk in the way of understanding. Who ever corrects a mocker invites insult; whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse. Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you. Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.
          The fear of the LORD is the beginning of WISDOM, and knowledge of the HOLY ONE is understanding. For through me your days will be many and years will be added to your life.”
          (provb. 9:6-11)

          To all my many Buddhist ; Muslim and Hindu friends – May God walk with you. May he bless you and your families abundantly. Peace be upon you , my brothers and sisters.

      • Paul Smith

        Gabriella
        I have read Old and New Testamant 10 times each besides deep studies in to Christian Theology. Just refer to the chapters and tell me whether I have lied ,and put things in out of context. New or Old it is still God and Jesus word and they are eternal. Bible says Earth was created by god few thousand years ago and the Earth is flat like a saucer.It is a pity that people at this era of science and Technology beleive in these lies. It is up to people to judge who are the fools and the wicked.

        • Paul Smith

          Dear Gabriella

          as you preach
          The fear of the LORD is the beginning of WISDOM, and knowledge of the HOLY ONE is understanding. For through me your days will be many and years will be added to your life.”
          (provb. 9:6-11)

          IS this the way your words practised ?
          News Item
          Bishop of Colombo called on all the faithful to
          “pray for the Pope who is under attack from international media over paedophile priests.”
          You may be a good lady But you have chosen a blind releigon

        • Shan

          Hey Paul
          I’m just curious… whats ur relegion?

        • Gabriella

          Paul Smith : I suspect you are a man with many alias’ . Feel free to continue entertaining us with your bigotry and ignorance. I usually do not indulge fool’s; but, for those who are genuinely interested in knowing the truth, I will provide an explanation for those verses (as soon as time permits). Stay tuned .

        • christine stephens

          Looks like you are off track.The very first response to this article is written by jehanlive.Please read it and stay on track.

      • clsome

        Dear Paul;

        We pray that the god ,who loves you, may make you understand about him who is almighty.He can change you as he changed Saul as Paul.

        • Paul Smith

          Dear clsome
          Thank you . But I feel a prayer should be never answered ,as if so, it ceases to be a prayer and it becomes correspondence

      • D

        Hi Paul Smith,
        I’m not sure where you got the verses from. I could NOT find the phrases you mentioned from Luke Ch.19, Deuteronomy Ch28, Jeremiah Ch.19, Chorithians Ch.7.
        A common mistake when criticizing the more controversial verses in the old testament is to take them out of context; something even Christians are guilty of when they criticize Islam. I’m no expert on the old testament, but a critical analysis from both sides would be more suitable one-sided sarcasm.
        As for the new testament, the phrases of “Jesus says- bring all my enimies and kill them in front of me”; Jesus did not say this. He was simply telling the story of a King who said this. “Have sex with your daughter”, this is NOT in the bible. The passage says a man can choose a wife from the community. It does not say daughter.
        Finally, you’ve missed out the most important passages of christianity:
        “Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs”,
        “Love each other as I have loved you”,
        “sell everything you have and give to the poor”,
        “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share”
        etc…
        These verses are the reason why the christian churches provide 70% of the social aid in developing nations.
        These verses helped inspire the anti-slavery movement.
        These verses provide spiritual strength to those who depend on God.
        Christianity has been bent and used as a tool for destruction and hatred, by greedy governments and even spiritual leaders.However, in its modern form, it is the driving force for millions who live their lives in peace and with generosity. Do not mock it.

        • Paul Smith

          To Gabriella and D

          If you can call a man who has 2 post Graduate Degrees on Christian Theology from Harvard University beside other degrees, a fool, you are most welcome. I just went to Roman Catholic Bible by random selection and picked up the stuff you missed. Please note that these are not my words, but just Copy and Paste. I will also keep on posting the rest for your kind information. If you can explain the meanings in any other way please do so.
          LUKE
          27 “As for my enemies who did not want me for their king, bring them here and execute them in my presence.

          Deuteronomy -

          20 ‘Yahweh will send a curse on you, a spell, an imprecation on all your labours until you have been destroyed and quickly perish, because of your perverse behaviour, for having deserted me.
          21 Yahweh will fasten the plague on you, until it has exterminated you from the country which you are about to enter and make your own.
          22 Yahweh will strike you down with consumption, fever, inflammation, burning fever, drought, wind-blast, mildew, and these will pursue you to your ruin

          the elders of his own town must send there and have him taken and handed over to the avenger of blood, to be put to death.

          You must show no pity. ‘Life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot

          Jeremiah – Chapter 19

          7 Because of this place, I shall empty Judah and Jerusalem of sound advice; I shall make them fall by the sword before their enemies, by the hand of those determined to kill them; I shall give their corpses as food to the birds of the sky and the animals of earth.
          8 And I shall make this city an object of horror and derision; every passer-by will be appalled at it and whistle at the sight of all the wounds it has sustained.
          9 I shall make them eat the flesh of their own sons and daughters: they will eat one another during the siege, in the shortage to which their enemies, and those determined to kill them, will reduce them.”

        • D

          Dear Paul,
          What about the “Have sex with your daughter” phrase? It is not in the new testament, as you claimed. And the new testament is the basis of christian living. I’m no expert in the old testament though, and i admit I have my own questions about it. However, my argument is that the contribution of christians, inspired by the bible, to humankind in the past and present, is massive. So, please don’t degrade the faith that motivates them, even though I
          dont think it will affect any of them.
          As for the ‘absoluteness’ of the bible, im not sure the old testament is valid in modern times. Context is important. The old testament is more a history of israel through a religious lens, i beleive. Those days were days of war, slavery, and conquest. Like I said, I dont want to argue this because im no expert. I just ask for respect, and I apologise on behalf of those who mock you for your comments as well.

      • Puran

        Paul the M. fu.er. You idiot change the bible. Bible never said something like this. You should be a fundamentalist. people like you are dangerous.

        • Paul Smith

          Dear Puran
          You tell me Bible never said this. First must learn to read, then refer to the sentences I have copied and pasted rom original bibles in internet. It is the worshippers of Bible who are foundamentalists. Tell me how many wars has ravaged through this world killing millions,in the name of God?. Why has terrorism sprung up and and threatning people?. People of U.S.A. whom I have reason to have great love.
          Why did the twin Towers perished?. In the name of another God.
          How many men ,Women,and Children were killedand sacrificed all over the world up to day in the name of God. Just go to a History Master and find out.What I have pasted is less than 1% of stupid and wicked things Bible have. Not only the old, but the New Testamant too.
          You are an idiot. I am dangerous only to terrorists, people who harm others.

        • Paul Smith

          First learn to read and then read the pastings. These are not mine ,but from Original Bibles in Internet. How many wars were fought in the name of god. Why did 3000 innocent U.S. Citizens had to die? Because of another God.
          How many men ,women and children have died in the name of God?. You are an Idiot and go to a History Master and learn from him.

      • christine stephens

        Please which Bible are you reading you Idiot?

        • Paul Smith

          You call me an idiot because you can’t digest the truth. This makes you eligible to be called a worse name.I thought Jesus some times preched to practice peace. This is because there is credible evidence that he was a Buddhist Monk once.
          Any way coming back to your question, you go to a an older version of Bible of most faiths and you will find every thing I have taken out. Newer versions are taking out the bad things.

      • Rambuttan

        I totally reject western attitude towards religions and religious leaders. The act of depicting Buddha and other religious leaders should be strongly condemned. Paul Smith sounds like so-called Leela because of sequence, substance and rhythm of your writing. Never mind. You are pretending as a born Christian but a convert or attracted to Buddhism. That is what your name Paul Smith says to others. The way you justify your arguments confirming you are a half baked. Disputes, disagreements and debates should be based on facts, procedural or on the essence but you are doing the copy and paste as usual after searched something on the net. This shows your weakness and you are failing to base your arguments on rational and logical point of view. You must tell what is right or what it should be for anything before attacking the opinions of others. Do you know how crazy you are? Otherwise you wouldn’t ask the question “What do you mean by modern Bible?” Original bible written in Koine Greek, by looking the revised translations you cannot say bible got changed over the time. Similarly look at the revisions of Dhammapada translations. If you want to question Christians, query them on their faith, belief and authentic character of their original bible or how it compiled or written down. Compare and prove rationally and logically Buddhist’s Dhammapada is supreme and is authentic.

    • Chamalka

      This is in US and it’s up to Buddhist there and we too can lodge a complain to the US authorities but OBAMA can do nothing about it.
      Their culture is no culture and very soon the world will see the result of it.
      But if this program is going to get aired in Sri Lanka we can take action
      we will not get provoked unless it’s going to happen on our soil

    • Someone

      Jehanlive,

      so the author is concerned about lord buddha… that’s just what he’s concerned about.. so he’s doing something towards it.. if u are concerned about Jesus, then stop complaining like a little girl and do something about it. Write your own article.. contact people from the church. i watched this episode and as they did in a lot of previous episodes they make fun of the pope as well.. which is wrong. So stop criticizing the people who at least do something to try and safeguard their beliefs, just because they didn’t fight for what u believe in.

      • kugan

        the author is a muslim women.
        in sunday leader they have this extremist muslim women writer

      • Paul Smith

        This is exactly what we are doing. White people are leaving God by large numbers daily. I know some schools in U.S. who banned teaching Evolution part in Science curriculum because it makes mockery of the Bible. To counter this some powerful Churches have started slandering Buddhism which is becoming popular as it preaches non violence and tries to purify the human mind. They spend millions of Dollars in 3rd world countries , converting Buddhists to Christian faiths by bribing them. Giving them money and other luxuries. If a person converts by some sort of understanding it is acceptable. But bribing and brain washing is not acceptable.. One good example is Dr. Kotalawala and Lady Kotalaawala. They gave millions of money to convert people slowly. They claimed to be true servants of God. But today Dr. Kotalaawala is charged with embezzling 56 Billion Rupees of innocent peoples money. Some of the investors were old pensioners. Already 15 persons have died due to losing their money. Lady Kotalaawala is who is wanted by Interpol and under arrest orders by Supreme Court Of S.L. is in hiding.

      • christine stephens

        This author is just nuts.He is an American living here on loan from a newspaper in the USA.
        Let him go back and write about South Park in the USA.South Park has been running for years and makes fun of every religion and race.
        This is the very same joker who wrote two full page articles about the work of the Community of the Risen Lord.
        He has nothing to write about,no talent in journalism at all just writes some utter rot.I really do not know why the Editor tolerates him there unless he is also as talentless.

    • Gimara

      Are you guys for real? I am a big fan of South Park, and what it strives to achieve is to bring out the worst in all of you. Does it matter that Buddha’s snorting coke if it doesn’t affect your faith? I’m sure most of you’ll wouldn’t have found it offensive if it was only Muhammad in a bear costume. hahaha…

      -Peace-

  2. Liam

    Censorship is always the wrong reaction to any form of objectionable media. When it works, it is prone to horrible abuse by the censoring authority, and when it doesn’t, it’s worse – it makes people curious about the thing in question, and more people seek it out than would have otherwise.

    Instead of censoring objectionable material, government groups should instead create quality alternatives that constructively promote the views they espouse, rather than angrily and childishly seeking to cut off access to those they hate.

  3. sunil

    What is the hidden intention of this article. True concern? My foot.

  4. Lucyfer

    This guy Hardy has no other busniess but to provoke people on sencitive issues- Well he thinks he can become pouplar- Dr Merveyn – should examine
    and prescribe some medication .

  5. Anthony J. Fernando

    Excellent article, thank you Michael Hardy. People can only be provoked if they allow themselves to be provoked.

    • Paul Smith

      Excellant Mr. Fernando do you have any answers to my quotations in the Bible? Or should we obey the God and do as it instructs?

      • Ernest

        Who can answer an idiot who is quoting lies?

        • Paul Smith

          Earnest

          Please look at the extracts from the on line Catholic Bible from Google ,which I have merely copied and pasted. So just accept the fact that God was man’s creation.Not the other way.

  6. Akon

    Hardy u are a moron and a half wit. Go back to your hole you moron.

  7. Kiribathgodaya

    Any action against the minister who pissed and desecrated lord Buddha? Mummmmmmmmmmmm…….

  8. theo

    Anger should be directed against the non-existent media freedom here which stifles truth. What is depicted in South Park hardly does any harm. The doings in the name of Religion and by the so called keepers of these Religions far exceeds anything that can be considered evil.

  9. vathy

    Sri Lanka did not bother about what Thenakoons(father and son) did to Buddha statue. Why are you bothered about this now?

  10. ForTheShorties

    More people watch South Park, than live in Sri Lanka.

    We can take your asses.

  11. Mark Arisano

    Hardy,
    Leave religion & religious matters alone. You are not qualified to comment on thwese.

  12. dam

    AMERICANS ARE A REAL SICK SOCIETY, THIS IS ALL I CAN SAY

    • bkbirge

      You are judging a whole society containing 100′s of different cultures with a pretty big brush there. I think you may be talking about things of which you know nothing based on a news article reporting on a cartoon which you have not seen anyway. Pretty funny, that’s like me saying “I heard through my cousin who used to know someone who read a brochure about Sri Lanka that everyone named ‘dam’ is a rapist so that’s why I won’t go there.” LOL.

  13. S.Sriranjan

    We shpuld set ourselves a show-case to attract others.While we couldn’t practice,how could we expect others to respect our religions

  14. Ernest

    Send Gothabaya back to USA in order to get all these Buddha desecrators killed.

    • Paul Smith

      No Gotaabaya will never do that. Buddhists are taught to forgive and explain and put people in the correct path. We are taught never to practice hatred but cultivate compassion to all living things, so every body can live in peace. It teaches not to fight fire with fire,but rather pour water over it. If we cultivate hatred, only we our selves get burnt out. Being mortals it is some times difficult,but not that difficult.

  15. Cass

    Good heavens Pul smith , did jesus really say that??

  16. Dilshan

    Evil Buddhist Monks killed Millions of Indigenous People since the Foundation of the Buddhist Religion after 300 years of Lord Buddhas Death.

    • Paul Smith

      Dilshan is a Muslim Pig

      • pathum

        All we know from facts that fanatic muslim fundamantalists destroyed Buddhism from India by killing thousands of monks and destroying the Temples. The remains at Indian museams bare those facts. Not only in India Muslims in east are destroying and occupying Buddhist temples and destroying temples EVEN TODAY!. Thats their religious “training”
        This man who call himself Dilshan is trying to compare his own religion with Buddhism.Buddhism never spread through violence.Its the only religion on earth which has that quality. Everyother major religion was spread through violence, or bribes or intimidation.

  17. lk

    Dilshad did you know that Lord Buddha was from India?
    So where are the Buddhist in India?
    Heard of Shankracharya? how he eradicated Buddhism from India?

    • Dilshan

      Buddha is a Mongolian and that is why most of the Eastern people followed him without a second thought. He born in Bharatha, but he was from Han Dynasty which is from Mongolia.

      Buddhism was wiped out from Bharatha when Moghuls invaded. Muslims cut the Monks’ head off over night and shouted “Allaho Akbar” in the next morning. Same story is in Maldives.

  18. jarabaras

    There are buddisht priests that I know drink,smoke & take drugs,One of them is selling drugs as well.Those who preches Dhamma do not practice it.

    • Dilshan

      The Monks from Mongolia mated our women in Eelam and created Singha(lion face) looking children…. because the Mongolian Monks looks like a bit of chinese and chinese look like a bit of lion. Who can resist to women.

      • Paul Smith

        You write things like you were there watching while all this happened. Why don’t you either quote your sources or take treatement for Schizophrenia which is obviously having.

      • pathum

        Dilshan (or citizen of ealam or whatever)Is this from your history book of “Tamil Ealam”. I forgot to mention all the Buddhist sites in North were destroyed by evil “Hindu” fundamantalists who took the remains to build their homes.Many kovils are built apon onetime Buddhist temples. In fact north and east bear true Buddhist heritage of Sri Lanka. And U are trying rather unsuccessfully to connect your fictional “Tamil Ealam” with origin of Buddhism. U forgot even the word “Tamil” is not older than 1500 years! let alone ealam!

  19. it is an issue of free speech. the show uses satire to mock pre-conceptions and stereotypes. while i agree that there is no need to depict the buddha snorting cocaine and jesus watching porn, there is no malice here, only the (over exuberant) excercise of free speech.

    condemning this and mervyn silva assaulting journalists is the same thing; free speech is free speech; you can’t have different flavors of it. the guys who do southpark even had the guts to show muhammed when they knew that doing so would endanger their lives.

    in the 1980s a fatwa was issued against salman rushdie for writing ‘the satanic verses’ by the ayatollah of Iran; that too was an assault on free speech. the day that it is curtailed and you feel the pinch of it is when you will begin to appreciate the value of it. you can object to the content without objecting to the expression.

  20. Dilshan

    Dear Paul Smith

    Was Jesus a Black Man or White Man?
    Was Jesus a Indigegnous Child or Jewish Child?
    Who were Jesus’s Real Parents?
    Who were Jesus’s Adopted Parents?

    If you know the answers for these question, then you will know Jesus is the Truth.

    • Paul Smith

      Dear D

      You seem to be a decent and intelligent person. You cannot say that the Old Testament is not valid. It was up to the birth of Jesus. Gods word is eternal hence its meaning and context cannot change with the time. Buddhist Philosophy preached 500 years before Christ is still valid to the letter. Though humans change, the human nature does not change. Today there are many people who claim to be true Buddhists and Buddhist monks. But they are evil. Same as other religions. But Buddhist philosophy will not change and study of it will lead to your spiritual Health. I don’t mean spirituality related to religion. It is totally different. This is pure science and modern day Psychiatry. Being a Doctor and having studied psychiatry I know. One basic concept in true Buddhist Philosophy, is regardless of your religion, if you are a good person, good things will happen to you, and you will have peace of mind. That’s why we find good people in any faith. Buddhist philosophy will help to purify it further. Because Buddha was the greatest Human Being born on earth. He was a normal human being who suffered from ailments like others. . He had nothing supernatural except for his brain which was functional 85%. Einstein had 15%. All the Buddhist sites and the relics in the history has now been traced ,identified and even the names have been authenticated.. So Buddha was not a legend. He actually existed.
      By the way two more verses you could not find in the Bible I found on line and are pasted below
      1 Samuel – Chapter 15
      1 Samuel said to Saul, ‘I am the man whom Yahweh sent to anoint you as king of his people Israel, so now listen to the words of Yahweh.
      2 This is what Yahweh Sabaoth says, “I intend to punish what Amalek did to Israel — laying a trap for him on the way as he was coming up from Egypt.
      3 Now, go and crush Amalek; put him under the curse of destruction with all that he possesses. Do not spare him, but kill man and woman, babe and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.” ‘

      Corianthian 7
      36- But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry
      a. If any man thinks he is behaving improperly towards his virgin: The man Paul refers to is the father of a young woman

      • Gabriella

        Paul Smith or was it Neela ? What is the scientific basis for your claim that the “Lord Buddhas’ brain was 85% functional and Einstein had 15%.? ” I only ask the question because you claim to be a man of science.

        Also, please use one alias rather than the multiple alias’ you use.

        If you have any degree : except the kind available for purchase on the internet , I will eat your shoes without tomato sauce !!

        I will address your queries next week.

        • Paul Smith

          I think you are hallucinating. I only use the name Paul. I don’t have to have many faces as I jolly well know where I stand. Iam eagerly awaiting until next week for your explanation and interpretation of killing children and perverse sex practices by God. Since I am not in a position to show my Degrees I will tell you a story of a person , may be next week ,who was much more learned than I, and also had two degrees from Harward and studied Christian Theology,and was a Christian Minister. I will give you the name of a Journalist in U.S.A. who will help you to prove the facts and the Degrees are indeed true. This minister’s sentiments are harsher than mine.
          As Mr. Karunaratne says this is your problem. Blind faith. You will have to eat the entire shoe store, but still you will not be prepared to accept logic.
          You called me a fool. But if you are an intelligent lady, let us argue scientifically and let the readers decide.

      • Paul Smith

        Sorry the Paul in the last para is not me, but Saint PAUL

  21. Prajiv Pakula

    Get a life Sunday Leader!
    I really doubt that Buddhists need a papist dish rag like yours to “protect” Buddhism.
    F Off

  22. NICKY KARUNARATHNA,FORMER INTELLIGENCE OFFICER OF A WELL KNOWN INTERNATIONAL AGENCY

    It is irony of this God believing people they don’t study nor understand intelligent being nor intelligent stuff. See how much wisdom given to the these illiterate people by Paul Smith without word of abusing them. But unfortunately in return they abuse him and denigrate themself. This is the very essence of every God believing man. Let alone the Bible or five books of the Bible they even do not know Christianity comes from Middle-East and so-called Jesus is Middle-eastern man with olive colour skin. All this Westerners also think as well as this part of the world that so-called Jesus guy comes from Europe and a white skinned guy. Today all these Western countries check and re-check when they see a this colour Middle-Eastern guy in a airport. Sometime people are reluctant to get into a flight if they see guy like their Jesus! The reality is all God believing people are weak-minded, mentally sick, rude like devil incarnate. They need something to lean on as they are scared to reality in life and truth. They are bilnd and foolish without any intelligent grey matter in their brain. But unlike other religious guys Buddhist won’t get upset over the some funny TV episode trying to tarnish the image of Buddha and Buddhist give them sympathy, empathy, kindness and compassion as we Buddhist see their size of the brain and brain development as it is! What can we do for their knowledge as we can’t get angry nor upset over their under-development in their grey matter inside their skull!

    • bkbirge

      C’mon, this isn’t the middle ages. Everyone knows Jesus looked like Bob Marley and was a black man from Africa. I’m kidding of course, no one knows for sure but most people I know who have white skin recognize that Jesus probably would be of Middle Eastern stock, whether that includes northern Africa or other parts no one can say and it doesn’t really matter. I do appreciate your Buddhist mind set looking with compassion on everyone else’s small and ineffectual brains though, I hope you don’t speak for all Buddhists, the ones I’ve known were far less judgemental than you seem to be. Your argument is kind of funny because you claim Buddhists won’t get upset over the South Park episode but you are posting in an article that seems to say otherwise. Nevermind that apparently Buddhism means different things to different cultures, much as what it means to be Muslim or Christian is not universally agreed upon. However, I completely agree with you that “sympathy, empathy, kindness and compassion” should be practiced by everyone a lot more.

  23. chandika

    This is an example for filthy work of sick minded people. We can ignore and forgive them in the name of kindness. That is what buddhism taught.

    • dam

      It beats me… Wasn’t it Buddhists who remanded Sarah Malini for so long without charging her ???

  24. dam

    In addition, Isn’t is Buddhists who are harassing our War Hero, General Sarath Fonseka ???

    • Paul Smith

      dam you are damn right. There are very good Buddhists and Buddhists who pretend to be Buddists but really are wicked people.One virtue of Buddhism is kindness and tolerance. Buddhist philosophy is so great that that it brings to peace of mind and total bliss to people who really practice it. But a fair number don’t. You have given 2 examples. More sinister crimes have also been commited.
      But true Buddhist philosophy it self says, not to hate,hurt and not to kill .
      Some people may practice otherwise, like you have mentioned.
      But the difference lies in the fact, that in other religons, the God ,Jesus, or Allah himself tell the people to practice wickedness. It is documented in the Bible. But Buddhist texts do not have a single word of violence or wickedness direct or indirect. It preaches non violence.

      • bkbirge

        There is an amazing amount of ignorance on display here about other cultures. All I can say to you people is don’t believe everything you read or see in the media. It is almost a 100% guarantee that if you see “Americans are all like …..” or “Sri Lankans are all like….” or pick any group you wish then the following generalized statements about them will be false. I am also of the opinion that it is quite comical to see people throwing quotes from religious texts at each other as if they were facts to use in argument. Many a good politician can pick any book and use it to promote almost anything they want by taking quotes out of context or distorting what was said to suit their own agenda. Cartoons no matter how tasteless don’t offend me. It’s the actions of dogmatic self-righteous people trying to control other peoples lives and thoughts that offend me.

        • Paul Smith is actually making valid points. I am rather disturbed to note Gabriella’s comment as ‘fool’. One must be tolerant to one’s opinions. agree with Paul that there should be one Bible and one God, one cannot change things to suit the time.

      • SomewhatDisgusted

        Oh Dear Paul Smith. You make some very good arguments against Christianity. Unfortunately, you do not seem to be able to apply the same logic to your own religion.

        To quote a nice line from Mark Twain: “The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also”

        Buddhism is relatively nice, but only relatively.

        • Paul Smith

          Dear SWD
          Being a believer of science I depend mostly on facts. Buddhist Philosophy books are larger than the Bible I challenge you to quote from any book,any thing bad , preached by Buddha.And a reply to Mark Twain I spent many years studing the Bible and Christian Theology. So I am not making a mistake. If you calling Buddhism relatively nice, religons based on Bible are stark Horrible.

        • soloman

          Hey Paul,
          You have cut and pasted the on line bible, but you forgot to give a correct references references should be as; book, chapter, verses you conveniently forgot to give verses. what you pasted are not verbatim.
          Any way, A person without a family(ran away from), fed by begging do not need to compete in the world he does not have to fight for his survival. why he has to fight or kill others. he can utter any damn thing. what we have to see is that ” are these preachings are practicable”
          Indeed, I quote you from the Pitica sutta The buddha says about another ascetic;I said: “Sunakkhatta, that naked ascetic Patikaputta is not capable of meeting me face to face unless he takes back his words, abandons that thought, and gives up that view. And if he thinks otherwise, his head will split in pieces.”
          he was cursing another ascetic and told sunakattal a foolish man and Patikaputta will go to hell and split his head?? what is your comment.

        • Paul Smith

          Hey Solomon . I am surprised at your ignorance. I have given the book and reference for each quote. You must be blind.
          For example if you go to Corianthian Chapter 7 verse 36 read and ask a person with a proper English knowledge, he will tell you that gist of what Saint Paul says is a FATHER MAY HAVE SEX WITH HER DAUGHTER IF SHE IS UNMARRIED. So since it is clearly in the Bible. according to your second sentence, God can preach any damn thing.
          Regarding the quote from Pitica Sutta you are quoting some distorted writings. the Original does not say any thing like that. Buddha’s teachings were distorted even when he was alive. He already knew in future, things will change mostly for bad. That’s why he preached one important eternal truth in Buddhist Philosophy.
          “So, as I said, Kalamas: ‘Don’t go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, “This contemplative is our teacher.” When you know for yourselves that, “These qualities are unskillful; these qualities are blameworthy; these qualities are criticized by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to harm & to suffering” — then you should abandon them.’ Thus was it said. And in reference to this was it said.
          When you know for yourselves that, ‘These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness’ — then you should enter & remain in them.
          Although this discourse is often cited as the Buddha’s carte blanche for following one’s own sense of right and wrong, it actually says something much more rigorous than that. Traditions are not to be followed simply because they are traditions. Reports (such as historical accounts or news) are not to be followed simply because the source seems reliable. One’s own preferences are not to be followed simply because they seem logical or resonate with one’s feelings. Instead, any view or belief must be tested by the results it yields when put into practice; and — to guard against the possibility of any bias or limitations in one’s understanding of those results — they must further be checked against the experience of people who are wise. The ability to question and test one’s beliefs in an appropriate way is called appropriate attention. The ability to recognize and choose wise people as mentors is called having admirable friends. According to Iti 16-17, these are, respectively, the most important internal and external factors for attaining the goal of the practice. For further thoughts on how to test a belief in practice, see MN 61, MN 95, AN 7.80, and AN 8.53. For thoughts on how to judge whether another person is wise, see MN 110, AN 4.192, and AN 8.54.

        • soloman

          Hey Paul,
          I thought I slipped my spectacles but I saw your correct reference only on the issue of sex with father 1st Corr Chap & v 36, some where in the middle and this was not in the original comment of yours and no references to other verses yet. and Saul says not sex but marriage. both are literally different.

          Sir, read the bible 1 Corr and chapter 7 and verse 25, “Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment”, these are words of Paul not that of God, Paul was not even an apostle of Jesus in fact he prosecuted them and given them to Romans. so, obviously they are not words of God.

          Coming to Buddhism, Thank you for your elaborations. and I do not want to dispute your comment of distortion and concoction of Buddha’s teachings. So, obviously, there is no originals available now. am I correct?

          But your own words “Being a believer of science I depend mostly on facts” cannot be correct if you apply the Kalama Sutta because science depends on inference, reports, axioms, and upon another ability. and to be sure to follow some thing according to Kalama Sutta, you have to test everything yourself or that has not been censored by WISE or not criticized by WISE. I agree with the latter it sounds good and it is virtually impossible and dangerous to test every thing oneself.

          Who is this WISE person now. Could that be Buddha? Well, his teachings are concocted and distorted according to you and Was he the WISE person?. he may be or may not be.
          A WISE should give solution to the problems of all. Who could be the most wise?
          A Human definitely cannot be. He should be perfect in his works such as perfectness in creation of human being and this universe and keeping them in perfect condition. THE GOD.

        • Drake

          1 Corinthians 7:36 (KJV Version): But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry (NOT HAVE SEX)

          1 Corinthians 7:36 (NIV Version):
          36If anyone thinks he is acting improperly toward the virgin he is ENGAGED to, and if she is getting along in years and he feels he ought to marry, he should do as he wants. He is not sinning. They should get married(AGAIN NOT HAVE SEX).

          This verse therefore has nothing to do with a “FATHER MAY HAVE SEX WITH HER DAUGHTER IF SHE IS UNMARRIED” as qouted by Paul Smith.

          Please if any of you have queries on verses you might as well go check these verses online rather than getting them from Paul Smith (since Paul Smith tends to have several spelling mistakes from his theology degrees at harvard.)

        • Paul Smith

          Dear Drake and Solomon
          I will clarify the matter more clearly regarding Father and Daughter sex . But this is not the only instance. Like I have quoted above God him self indulged in sex. Any way actually I was waiting for Gabriella who on 29th April said she would clarify every thing in a week. Today is 13th May. Why has she gone in to hiding I don’t know.

  25. anura

    now the buddhists are as bad as the muslims – south park makes fun of everything – that is why it is called a comedy – sri lanka is becmoing a country full of small minded idiots – why is the leader publishing this rubbish – I think the state has finally got control of this fine publication aswell..

  26. ruks

    when people lose their morals they could go lower than the animals. what ever said or done we now know who are civilised people.

  27. NonResident

    Well, Well, Well,

    This article has been written to highlight disregard and disrespect for religions. Look at the comments we are reading! it is sad to note persons including those who call themselves learned (Harvard Educated) are indulging in these loose conversations slandering each other and each others beliefs. Why don’t you all spend your precious times discussing the article itself, for and against constructively.

    This is typical of us Sri Lankans – “KOHEDA YANNAY? MALLAY POL”

    • Paul Smith

      Well. we are seekers of truth. the reason for my criticism is the objective behind the article is some thing else, whish I have explained in my posts. Please refer to that.Other thing it is don’t dare to call verses I have pasted from the Bible loose as Holy Bible is the most read book in the world.

  28. If your religious figures are true and living do not be affected by what others say or do to them. Your religious figures are judged by the way you live. We don’t have to protect the religious figures. In fact they protect us if they are true and living. So don’t worry. Live a righteous life. Don’t kill others. No one has greater love than to give one’s life for the sake of others.

  29. [...] doing cocaine…… …..after watching the two recent episodes of South Park. The Sunday Leader has, according to their words, “uncovered a shocking new example of the West’s contempt for [...]

  30. Busman

    Do grow up! There are more important things to worry about locally, than a cartoon that routinely mocks everything.

  31. Don

    Hey Paul if you truly believe these things why don’t you just keep them to yourself rather than speaking like an unlearned fool. I have always noticed that the really intelligent people would not bother to boast about their accomplishments and would not dare to make senseless statements as you have. I reccomend you to go and see a psychiatrist to solve your issues. I may not be christian but i know that you really need some help. I would recommend you to go to the mental institution as this kind of problem is not good for your health. I have also read the bible and i am currently reading all your quotations and i believe that you are wrong in ALL of your qoutations forgetting the fact that you cannot spell most of the books in the bible this makes me think whether you have a degree in theology or have ever read the bible for that matter. My advice to you is for you to go and seek medical help.

    • Don

      To add to the above comment. If you are very enthusiastic about Buddhism why don’t you preach Buddhism from all the Large Buddhism books you have rather than wasting your time criticizing Christianity.

      • Paul Smith

        Hey Don why are you acting like being scared to death. This is not my stuff to keep to my self but the stuff in the Bible. You are a cheat a liar , and immoral as I have not made any senseless statements. All the statements are straight from the Bible. Don’t comment about my spelling as all the statements were copied and pasted from the Bibles on line. So if there is spelling mistakes blame it on God., as it was he who said it. You pretending you can’t find the paras in bible is just plain stupid, as any body here, can go on line and find them there. So don’t act like a baby. What you believe doesn’t matter because you may be mentally retarded. It looks like you are the one need Medical Help as you can’t find these things in the bible despite the reference points being clearly given. As a cover up you say you are not Christian, but any body can see you are a god fanatic. You are having the symptom called delusions which is a symptom in Manic Depressive Psychosis. You need Lithium Carbonate. Why do you want me to preach Buddhism? I am an atheist, why are you horrified, when I reveal wicked things in the Bible.
        Dan Brown says Vatican prelature known as the Opus Dei is a deeply devout Catholic sect that has been the topic of recent controversy due to reports of brain washing, Coercion and a dangerous practice known as “Corporal Mortification”. Opus Dei has just completed construction of a $ 47 Million National Head Quarters at 243 Lexington Avenue at New York City.

        • Paul Smith

          Other friends who are here and against my point of view have denied the excistence of these verses. You seem to be the only one who cannot find these thimgs in the Holy Bible. God commands us to spread the God’s word.

        • Paul Smith

          Sorry ! Correction!! others have not denied the existence

        • Ruwan

          Hi Paul
          Do you mean if I buy a bible from a shop, I can easily find those saying in it??

  32. IT IS WRONG TO USE OTHERS NAMES FOR COMEDY STORIES.BUT THE MAIN POINT IS WHY GET ANGRY FOR IT?.IF ANY ONE FOLLOW BUDDISM,ISLAM,CHRISTIANITY OR HINDU,THEY SHOULD NOT WORRY FOR COMEDIES.HOW MANY SO CALL BUDDHISTS EAT MEAT?.DRINK ALKOHOL?.DO SEX WITH OTHERS WIFES?.HOW MANY OF SO CALL MUSLIMS VIOLATE ISLAM LAWS DAILY BASIS?.HOW MANY CHRISTIANS DO THE SAME KIND OF VIOLATIONS OF BIBLE DAILY?.AND ALL OTHERS WHO CLAIM THEY FOLLOW CERTAIN RELIGION.DON’T BE SOMUCH FAKE AND SOMUCH STUPID.IF YOU FOLLOW RELIGION,YOU FOLLOW IT.DON’T TALK NONSENSE.

    • azath

      DR MARK,
      Sir, I do not know you are a physician, a doctorate or otherwise. I respect your comments but I need to put my thoughts and truths too.

      Psychological effects of cartoon and TV programs are well known.
      children start to mimic them resulting in various ant-social activities and even deaths(ex jumping off of a multi-story ! a batsman)

      A study of Longitudinal Relations Between Children’s Exposure to TV Violence and Their Aggressive and Violent Behavior in Young Adulthood: 1977–1992 by L. Rowell Huesmann et alUniversity of Michigan in shown a significant relations between the TV violence and adult aggressive behavior.

      Desensitization is another great effect making them insensitive to values of great leaders and influential individuals in the history and also insensitive to social crimes.

      As you said, No problem if you do not watch, it looks reasonable in its face value but, It is absolutely not. On average, children ages 2-5 spend 32 hours a week in front of a TV—watching television,Kids ages 6-11 spend about 28 hours a week in front of the TV. cartoon and comics are most popular
      these are of course USA data. I have to use it hence, we do not have our own. I do not have to tell you about the availability of TV.

      Coming back to portraying spiritual gurus, as far as the Muslims concerned, Prophet Mohamed PBUH is our role model our leader in every thing, we value him more than our life, that of our parents, spouse, and children. I do not like my parents, spouse or children being ridiculed publicly in a despicable manner in the name of COMEDY which is exact contrast to his well documented esteem.

      Can the producers dare to make fun of their parents, wives, or children in the same cartoon?.
      Their main intention is to make cheap publicity and money out of chaotic productions. I think reaction of an average believing Muslim is quite natural.

      I cannot quite comprehend the rationale of violating the Islamic law and insulting, blaspheming the Prophets and spiritual gurus.

  33. Buddhika Thambugala

    hail American TV.. Sri Lanka must correctly appreciate its smallness and helplessness in order to survive in this world.

  34. ATTENTION = MR AZATH.

    FIRSTLY I MENTIONED THAT,IT IS WRONG.IT SHOWS THE IMATUARITY AND UNCIVILIZENESS OF THE PEOPLE WHO DO THIS KIND OF STUPID THINGS.MY SUGGESTION IS,’SORRY FOR MY BLUNTNESS’, TODAY IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO DICTATE MEDIAS AROUND THE WORLD,WETHER WHAT THEY SAY RIGHT OR WRONG.BEST THING TO DO IS,NOT TO PAY ATTENTION FOR THE MAD THINGS LIKE THESE.IS THERE ANY OTHER THING TO DO TO STOP LIKE THIS KIND OF MAD THINGS?.

  35. MR AZATH.

    MY REPLY SENT YOU UNDER THE NAME OF ‘MR INDEPENDENT’.

    DR MARK

  36. mario

    readig the comments on each articel i conclude that there will be a riot very soon!!!

  37. s ensmey

    The reason these shows do this is for attention. The more you panic over this the more they will do it. Also more it will get viewers to see what it is all about.
    Do not give them publicity. If you do not like it, put positive educational news about the Buddha. Do not mention the show. If you do not like it why do you highlight the show? You are falling into their trap.

  38. BASH

    ANARCHY in the name of freedom of expression….

  39. Ringo

    Hey Paul were you educated in a christian school ??

  40. pathum

    Many who critisize bible are people who actualy learned in Cristian schools. Even Anagarika Dharmapala learned in a Cristian school. They study it. learn it deeper. See theres nothing substance to it. Only those evil stories of killings, and vengence or some fancy fairy tails and then start critisize it. Even people from other religions dont do that. Why cos they dont read the Bible!

  41. Manike

    Please do not argue about religions. Having the respect to our own religion we must respect other beliefs. You may bring forward some points to criticize the BIBLE but if you go through the whole thing then the meaning it gives will be different. Now a days people use the name of ALMIGHTY GOD and the WORD OF GOD(Jesus) for their gains. But you should understand one thing the human who bring shame on God’s good name will be punished. Wait and see. You will experience it.

  42. VINIT INDIA

    LORD BUDDHA–THE FATHER OF JESUS.
    FOLLOWERS OF JESUS ARE AS FOOLISH AS HINDUS.
    THEY SHOULD READ ‘BUDDHA AND HIS DHAMMA’ WRITTEN BY SECOND BUDDHA –DR.B.R.AMBEDKAR……NAMO BUDDHAYA====JAY BHIM.

  43. VINIT INDIA

    JAY BHIM NAMO BUDDHAYA TODAY IS THE WORST DAY IN MY LIFE BECAUSE THE MOST IMP MAN IN THE WORLD AFTER LORD BUDDHA THAT IS THE GREATEST BHIMRAO RAMJI AMBEDKAR,MY BABASAHEB LEFT US ON THIS DAY….

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