The Sunday Leader

BBS To Launch ‘Counterattack’ Programme In The US

By Raisa Wickrematunge

Ven. Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thero is also in the BBS group visiting the United States

Academics have begun circulating a petition calling for a leading telecommunication service provider to remove the Bodu Bala Sena theme tune from their site, where it was uploaded as a ring-in tone.

“The anthem of the Bodu Bala Sena carries an incendiary message that seeks to depict sections of this country’s people as outsiders and destroyers. Its purpose is to incite distrust and hostility between ethnic and religious groups, promoting national disharmony in the country,” the statement said.

Over 60 people, including university lecturers, teachers and journalists had signed the petition. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, one of the signatories confirmed that a copy had been sent to the telecommunication provider as well. In response Executive Committee member of the Bodu Bala Sena, Dilantha Withanage said that while the organization supported academics the subscribers of a telephone company had every right to ask for a ring tone unless there were ethical issues involved or the artist was banned.

“I think the academics should be looking at other problems – like the destruction of the university system and all the unemployed graduates… and look at improving the education system, without looking at issues like this and wasting time,” Withanage said.
Reacting to the spate of hate attacks on Muslim-owned businesses, a lecturer from the University of Kelaniya, Ven. Dhammananda Thero spoke out against intolerance in general, in a video widely circulated on social networking site Facebook.

“If a social problem leads to a conflict, that indicates the total failure of the intellectuals, political movements, religious establishment and the elite,” Dhammananda said in the video, while adding, “We can blame our previous generation for the eruption of the last war. But if the same thing repeats it is a sign of our failure. It is our responsibility to prevent this sort of thing from happening again”. He called on the public to make maximum effort to avert incidents, which cause suspicion and disharmony among communities and religious groups.

Meanwhile, a separate Facebook group planned a candlelight vigil ‘to safeguard the Dhamma’ around the Bodu Bala Sena headquarters at Sambuddatva Jayanthi Mawatha on Friday (12). Attendants of the vigil planned to chant softly on ‘right thinking’ outside the building.

BBS heads to the US

In the meantime, representatives of the Bodu Bala Sena are visiting the US for an almost month-long tour, in part to counter wrong impressions given about the group, The Sunday Leader learnt.

The team, which includes General Secretary of the group, Ven. Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thero and National Organiser Viththarandeniye Nanda Thero are currently visiting a couple of cities in the United States. The trip was originally scheduled to take place last year but was postponed.

As they are travelling across the US, the representatives of the BBS will be planning to hold religious functions and other ceremonies in temples. These would include a popular meditation programme ‘Buddhanussathi’ initiated by Ven. Galagodaththa Gnanasara Thero, and will be carried out in different temples, Executive Committee member Withanage said.

The Bodu Bala Sena will also visit Sri Lankan members of the community there in order to hold an awareness campaign. Withanage described the campaign as a ‘counterattack’ to the wrong carried out by other parties against the group, with people terming the Bodu Bala Sena a ‘terrorist or violent organisation’.

“We want to clarify that we are a non violent organisation, and one that promotes tolerance,” Withanage said. The Bodu Bala Sena also aims to get the community more involved in Buddhism, he added. As such, the Bodu Bala Sena will also be looking at appointing committees of volunteers in different cities in the United States in an attempt to spread their network beyond Sri Lanka.

Upon being asked if the Bodu Bala Sena would be looking at fundraising activities, Withanage said that the group was ‘not focusing on fundraising yet’. The Bodu Bala Sena has earlier spoken out against Muslim extremists, especially proponents of the Wahhabi movement, receiving funds from Saudi Arabia to build mosques. On this trip Withanage assures there would be no unethical conversions (another issue the group has been vocal against). However, the delegation would be promoting Buddhism.

“We understand Buddhism as being more than cultural. There is philosophical Buddhism too. Here there is… Sinhala Buddhism but [the religion] is about more than that,” Withanage said. The group also wants to showcase the importance of critical thinking, which allows for disagreement with teachers and leaders, if their teachings clashed with people’s personal beliefs.

Community development plan underway

Withanage added that plans for developing community development networks within the country were also being developed, through different local temples.

There would be no elected Presidents or Secretaries to these groups, as elections only divided people, Withanage said. He pointed at state bodies such as grama sanwardena cooperative societies as proof of this. Instead there would be ‘managers’ and ‘officers’ appointed. Withanage said that all heads of these specially created community development networks would be appointed by the Bodu Bala Sena headquarters. Members would be nominated by community members but the final say would be had by the headquarters, Withanage said. After the names were nominated each office-bearer would receive training so that the nominee could understand the constitution and ‘structures’ of the Bodu Bala Sena, Withanage said.

There were also plans to develop a Bodu Bala Sena ‘Youth brigade’ consisting of a wide age group of people between the ages of 15 and 40 years. The aim of this brigade would be to attract young people to Buddhism and Buddhist values.

“There are many people who are born Buddhist, but we want to promote Buddhism by understanding,” Withanage said.
Withanage also reiterated that the Bodu Bala Sena was not involved in the letters, which were sent out to the Dematagoda Tawheed mosque and the nearby Islamic bookshop – as proof he said that the letterhead had the word ‘Sri’ typed as two letters in Sinhalese, whereas the real Bodu Bala Sena letterhead used just one letter for the word.

BBS Secretary reportedly involved in drunk driving accident

As the delegation headed off to the United States, a story was widely circulated online that the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena, Ven. Gnanasara Thero, had been involved in a drink-driving incident 13 years ago.

The story, which was published by a news website, said that the Secretary had been involved in an accident on April 14, 2000 (on the eve of the Sinhala New Year) at Grandpass, seriously injuring a trishaw driver named Ravindra Kumar. The story claimed that the monk was seriously inebriated and a case (No. 6315/2000) was filed against him in court; among the charges filed were driving under the influence of liquor without a license and causing injuries as well as obstructing the performance of official police duties. On September 20, 2000, it said that the General Secretary had paid a fine of Rs. 10,000 and the case had been closed.

Executive Committee member Withanage said that the story could not be confirmed as he was unaware about the incident and was not involved with the Bodu Bala Sena at that time. Meanwhile, Ven. Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thero was unable to comment as he had left the country and his mobile phone had been switched off when The Sunday Leader attempted to contact him regarding the story. Police spokesman Buddhika Siriwardena also said that he could not confirm the incident, as he needed further details as to which court the case was called at.

57 Comments for “BBS To Launch ‘Counterattack’ Programme In The US”

  1. Sisira

    BBS should listen to American rock group called BAD Company song ” No Smoke without a Fire”

    The GOSL could save many millions of dollars not having to counter accusations and having PR exercise in United States by not stirring racial hatreds.

    BBS along with the political elites can hoodwink the Godayas, and waste tax payers money to pleasure trips to far away countries.

    This looks more like the Government is rewarding BBS for their help in diverting the public attention from the real issues in the country.

    • Mr Retort

      If they return with lot of dollars from US EVEN HAKEEM, CADER, FOUSEY, RISAD AND ALL the Muslim ministers perhaps might BBS NOT only JHU AND GOTA

  2. Meena M.

    The US should have refused to give a visa to these extremists. They are propagators of hate and the US usually does not allow such trouble makers in to the country. There are other Islamaphobes like pro zionist Pamela Geller whose bigotry and hatred is a match for the BBS.

    • nihal

      They are not extremists. When some one insult Islam or quran whats their reaction. Likewise budhhists have a right to protect their religion.
      Around the world people insulting buddhism. Ex. Buddha Bar.
      We must stop that.

      • Dj011

        grow up, seriously you must be blind or simply stupid not to understand there means of extremism, our country is a multi cultural country in which everyone deserves the fair and equal right, these thugs in robes openly oppose the idea of multiculturalism and are an insult to my own religion , ” Gah” i just wasted my time on didn’t i? oh well at-least lets hope it helps enlighten you , Educate your self sir, Educate your self.

        • jan

          Multiculturalism only can be sustained by responsible behaviour. Building mosques every mile and muslim janapada with saudi money does not allow peaceful coexistence nor accusing a community of buddhist hegemony , mahavansa mindset when nothing of the sort was seen on ground was more rhetoric. This is a unfortunate development that has been provoked.

      • Naushard

        Dear Nihal,

        The BBS is ridiculing buddhism. No way it is giving the correct message about Buddhism. When a drunkard is the General Secretary and speaks foul language is this the sort of people you want to propogate or protect the religion????

        This is the very reason, majority of the buddhists are against BBS. The government has also made use these guys for their own benefit. Lets hope all Sri Lankans make note when it comes to the next election.

      • Shafi

        Protect your religion by all means.No one will object to it. Following the religion properly makes people good. But it does not do any good, if this is done at the expense of other religions.

      • Abr

        Is it by violence?

      • True Lankan


        Do you follow muslims? Budishm do not allow such acts such as distroying churches and mosques. Buddist Monks can not distroy shops in their spritual cloths. BBS leader is a thug and BBS should be banned

  3. LIMA

    so it is confirmed that a terrorist in going to terrorise in a country where the terrorists are promoted , is it what the real story . YES .
    and this drunkard wolf in sheep’s clothing , ahahahah

  4. jehan

    FBI is informed of these terrorist.

  5. sandman

    The BBS team wanted NOT to have HALAL food during the New Year but now they have gone to the United States to have HARAAM food. Maybe Galagodaththe Gnanasara will have a swig or two, too !!!!!!

    • rahula

      BBS in USA Bird Booze Sex drunkards have real new year festival in the USA. Katadah me Boru. They are cheating innocent people of SL

    • Richie

      Hope he won’t drive with the swig down his throat!

  6. Psycho

    I feel unclothed by these Gana goons who are against the basic teachings of our master and the greatest philosopher.

  7. Its obvious these guys are working under different agenda. As mentioned by former army commander . Muslims never ever had aggressive minds towards its own mother land Sri Lanka. Muslims were entreprenurs and they knew how to make money as certain skills are inherted certain ethinc groups and it doesnt mean that they are running cold war.There are 20,000 people converted to Islam every year in USA . Did USA got upset our over it – No not all – its a fundamental right of person.

    I dont this BBS is aware that There was “Camel Corp” – called (Ottupanity) that was formed by muslim(Arabs) during Raja Sinha II (AD. 1634-1684) when they faught in Wellawaya in 17th centruary. Muslims helped a lot and tought how to business.

  8. Montana

    I will travel to USA and throw rotten eggs to Balu Sena .

    • kumar

      USA doesnt allow muslims,hence you going there is zero,you will have more chances kissing the pope or becoming a two a penny reporter for sunday leader that getting to USA legally



  9. Lankan

    If these people’s like their culture they should stay in the country for a special time in the new year. But Americans celebrates X Mas. BBS should celebrate New Year in their own country. these days Bar and clubs closed in our country. but open in USA. these are the Lord Bhuddah teach us?

  10. ruwan

    Well done BBS.
    Rise against the “Facebook Buddhists” who have no idea of ground realities.



  11. surasena

    Yes, they finally went back to their masters. It is time to realize the big picture; BBS is doing what US did via Israel Interest Section while the war was on progress.


  12. Roy

    Enjoy the Beef Burgers Saadus and call it BBS.

  13. AL Guy

    I am waiting here to remove their robes to show the the their tru identity, they are thugs, pl see how they talk and act

  14. Shaik Anwar Ahamath

    Lord help us all if the version of Buddhism the Bodu Bala Sena wishes to preach is their’s. Sadly, I feel there is no difference between the LTTE and the BBS, only different causes. The moment we got rid of one group of terrorists, another one similar emerges. Are we all that cursed?


    BBS Chief has been seen with Beyonce in a night club in New York!

  16. Mahes Silva

    These people think they can go to the US and make a big splash! At best they will be like a pimple in the elephant ‘s behind. Of course they have some real concerns like any group or community but this is not the way to go about your own countrymen. “Sinhala Buddhism” is a dangerous concept to pursue and The Lord Buddha would never let his name be used for such activity.

  17. When the whole country is celebrating the sinhalese and Tamil New Year, these drunkards are partying and boozing in the wonderland.
    it is also sad that their way of speaking, behaviour and the thuggery attitude is an utter disgrace to the other genuine and respectable Monks who are well accepted and appreciated by all communities in the country.
    Can the Mahanayake’s of Asgiriya and other chapters stop these goons from making a mockery of a peaceful religion.

  18. georgethebushpig

    Here’s what the Management Committee of the Anaheim Buddhist Temple in California had to say to one of its priests for hosting the BBS.

    “Subject: Please read…and share……

    The Management Committee of the Anaheim temple would like to issue the following statement regarding the visit of the Bodu Bala Sena:

    We are deeply disturbed and disappointed by the actions taken by Ven. Sumana in allowing the “Bodu Bala Sena” representatives to stay at the Anaheim temple, organizing a ‘Buddhanussathi Pooja’ and a get-together (please see attached flyer).

    This was organized with the consent of the Ven. Sumana by two individuals without consulting the Management Committee of the temple and we had no prior knowledge of this visit until last Thursday. Since then, the Management Committee has met and spoken to Ven. Sumana requesting not to provide accommodation to the representatives of this group and not to organize a bodhi pooja or a meeting with them.

    It is our position that Sri Ratana Viharaya should not support “Bodu Bala Sena” which advocates against the rights of minorities in Sri Lanka and resorts to violence, mob action and intimidation to advance their cause. The temple premises should not be used as a platform to promote hatred and/or to promote an extremist group like “Bodu Bala Sena”.

    Therefore, the Management Committee requests our devotees not to participate in any of these activities and not to support this extremist group now or in the future.

    The Management Committee of the temple”

  19. Roy

    Booze, Women and night clubs are ready for you . Welcome to USA

  20. Errol de Pinto

    And the hidden agenda of Muslims is to,1. “Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.” Koran

    “Make war on the infidels(non belivers of
    Islam) living in your neighborhood.” Koran 9:123

    “When opportunity arises, kill the
    infidels(non belivers of Islam) wherever you catch them.” Koran 9:5

    “Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable.” Koran

    “The Jews and the Christians are perverts;
    fight them.”… Koran 9:30

    “Maim and crucify the infidels if they
    criticize Islam” Koran 5:33

    “Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire,
    hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies.” Koran 22:19

    “The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims
    to fight them.” Koran 8:65

    “Muslims must not take the infidels(non
    belivers of Islam) as friends.” Koran 3:28

    “Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures
    other than the Qur’an.” Koran 8:12

    “Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize
    the infidels(non belivers of Islam).” Koran 8:60)

    *AlsoMuslims are allowed to lie to infidels about
    anything, especially about Islam. There are two doctrines taught in the Koran
    which promote lying. One is called al taqiyya (to lie to protect one’s self
    frompersecutuion, emotional harm or physical harm, real or percieved) and
    kitman (to spread misinformation – especially to benefit Islam and to aid its

    2. Qur’an 2:193 says; “Fight them until there is no more
    Al Fitnah (‘Al Fitnah’ meant Jews and Christians at the time, but in today’s
    context the word means all religious followers including Buddhists&Hindus)
    and religion is only for Allah. And Qur’an 9:5 says; “Fight and kill the
    disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in
    wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.”

    Referring to Hadith, Ishaq:324 says; “Fight them so that there is no more
    rebellion, and religion, all of it, is for Allah only. Allah must not have
    rivals.” And Ishaq:587 says; “Our onslaught will not be a weak faltering
    affair. We shall fight as long as we live. We will fight until you turn to
    Islam, humbly seeking refuge. We will fight not caring whom we meet. We will
    fight whether we destroy ancient holdings or newly gotten gains. We have
    mutilated every opponent. We have driven them violently before us at the
    command of Allah and Islam. We will fight until our religion is established.
    And we will plunder them, for they must suffer disgrace.”

    • Roy

      This is on the wrong page, apart from that Is this your version of the koran. One has to argue why so many are converting to Islam .

    • Sanjeeb

      Mr.Errol de Pinto
      Just log in to and get the translation of the Quran and learn the complete statement then you will find what you quoted is incorrect.

      e.g.:- if your father said “putha come here and see this store rooms if you find any rat chase it don’t kill the rate”

      If some might miss interpret that your father said to you to “kill the rat”

    • Shaik Anwar Ahamath

      Mr.Errol de Pinto, just because you quote some numbers picked off the air does look believable but does not make it right. Just because anything was written in the Koran or even the Bible, they are not accurate and not words from God, but composed by man nearly 800 years after the death of the relevant apostles. This is the reason, in Islam at least, women get such a raw deal. In Islam especially, the Saudis entrusted with the safety of the religion are the biggest culprits. See how they have practically enslaved their fellow Muslims from around the world. E.g. Rizana Nafeek, a poor Muslim girl from Sri Lanka, beheaded after a conviction from a kangaroo court for a crime she most certainly did not commit. The thousands of Muslim workers forced to pay pseudo sponsors from their meagre resources, because in Saudi Arabia, you can work only for the named sponsor and working elsewhere is illegal.

    • Ranjith

      How is this quran encouraging muslims to kill others. These muslims never publish these words others and only preaching these words in mathrasas. mohamed is the one who introduced 5 wives and 10 wives system. this is to increase muslim community and capture the countries. what a dirty people. God bless sri lanka.

      • Almeida

        *As the Muslims are allowed to lie to infidels(non Muslims) about
        anything, especially about Islam. There are two doctrines taught in the Koran
        which promote lying. One is called al taqiyya (to lie to protect one’s self
        from persecution, emotional harm or physical harm, real or perceived) and
        kitman (to spread misinformation – especially to benefit Islam and to aid its

        • Surprise

          Relax Almeida,

          If all what BBS profess is the real teachings of Buddha as true, then you must crazy as hell to accept it.

          Like wise over the years Islam too had its own share of imposters and trouble makers passing their own edicts on what Islam is.

          So you better relax and take things with a pinch of salt. Unless you have a phobia or an agenda

  21. jan

    BBS is a response to false propaganda from the minorities whilst the real truth being that the Sinhala buddhists were gradualy pauperised by an corrupt economy . The sinhala villages and towns are being gradually ethnicaly cleansed Their soul is daily under attack remember Buddhist chauvinism , Mahawansa mindset or even articles with caricetures of Buddhist priests with AK 47 whilst certain minorities prospered but propagated the theory of buddhist hegemony. If BBS is accused of extremism so should the false propaganda of the minorities mainly the catholic church. Buddhists in the whole off Asia is under attack Hope this spreads through Asia and our cousins the Hindus who suffer the same predicament in India joins the BBS.

    • Surprise

      Please first study history of India. Not the Mahawamsa of Sri Lanka.

      Today Buddhist from all over the world including Sri Lanka do their regular pilgimage to Mecca Ooops sorry I mean India to the birth place of Lord Buddha. At one time India became almost a Buddhist Majority country but unfortunately politics, wars and fight for kingdoms ensured the Hindus beat back the Buddhist until today Buddhism is a tiny minority in India.

      At one time even Tamil Nadu was majority Buddhist area. See what happened today, Did the Christians help the Hindus ensure Buddhism to be extinct in South India.

      Over centuries people change, cultures change, religion change :) everything change. It is like peoples taste in food change, clothes change. So dont be upset if Buddhist want to become Christians.

      Just take a look at Sri Lankan Sinhalese of many desent. We have Silvas, Fernandos and Pereras. Today majority of them are Buddhist. How did they get this Christian surname? It means their fore fathers did many flip flops being Buddhist then Christians and then again Buddhist as time suits them.

      Waasi Paeththata Hoyya !

      Korea being a total Buddhist country now it is a Chrsitian Majority country. Now China more converting to Christians and adopting Western names. Why ? Simply it is more fashionable and has many economic advantages.

      Who knows what will happen tomorrow in Sri Lanka? May be the Silvas, Fernandos and Pereras will do another flip flop and become Muslims or Christians :) We never know it is just fashion people want to follow.

      Too bad if you cant keep up with the fashion.

  22. Jayasekara

    Please don’t come to Houston. You and your vile rubbish is not welcome here. In fact don’t come to the US at all.

  23. Amarasiri

    Devadattas. Budu Balu Sena

    Devadatta tried to Kill Buddha, 2,500 years ago when he was living, but did not succeed.

    The new Devadatta, Budu Balu Sena, aided and abetted by the poiwer hungry, will not Kill Buddhism.

    They are all Representatives off Mara.

  24. Maheshi

    In a country of 20 million population oly 60 have signed the petition?

  25. Mr Retort


  26. Kalamana

    With all due respect to the good Buddhist who are a very good example for humanity, honestly the biggest disrespect for the Buddha and Buddhism are the people act completely against his teachings. This is also common to other religions too.


    The Buddhist Monk business / industry is what is promoting this.

    Follow the Buddha, not what these so called majority monks preach.
    This with much respect to the good monks who are keeping the Real Buddhism a live.

  27. Sanjeeb

    This trip is for sure to have the leisure life he had in pre popular periods, now popularity stop this bustard to do all his dirty fun activities. My kind request for request for my brothers and sisters i USA don’t even give them a glass of water for this bustards.

  28. Religious extremists like Alqaeda are banned in the USA and it is shocking that the State Authorities have taken their eyes off the ball and granted these religious lunatics a free ride in the USA




    This statement was issued by the management committee of the Sri Ratna Viharaya of Anaheim California USA

    The Management Committee of the Anaheim temple would like to issue the following statement regarding the visit of the Bodu Bala Sena:

    We are deeply disturbed and disappointed by the actions taken by Ven. Sumana in allowing the “Bodu Bala Sena” representatives to stay at the Anaheim temple, organizing a ‘Buddhanussathi Pooja’ and a get-together (please see attached flyer).

    This was organized with the consent of the Ven. Sumana by two individuals without consulting the Management Committee of the temple and we had no prior knowledge of this visit until last Thursday. Since then, the Management Committee has met and spoken to Ven. Sumana requesting not to provide accommodation to the representatives of this group and not to organize a bodhi pooja or a meeting with them.

    It is our position that Sri Ratana Viharaya should not support “Bodu Bala Sena” which advocates against the rights of minorities in Sri Lanka and resorts to violence, mob action and intimidation to advance their cause. The temple premises should not be used as a platform to promote hatred and/or to promote an extremist group like “Bodu Bala Sena”.

    Therefore, the Management Committee requests our devotees not to participate in any of these activities and not to support this extremist group now or in the future.

    The Management Committee of the temple

  30. Abr

    Gunasara chap is a drunkard and a thug in robes. Wolf in sheep clothing

    • Ranjith

      hello do not insult our religion. we are very tolerent and not like taliban or alqaueda. your politician knows the country situation and they never complain to us about any inconvenience to the muslim community. mind your word.

  31. Ranjith

    Muslims should not collect money from extremist arabs and build unnecessarily mosques everyware. Other thing is they are preaching extremism in matharasas and brinwash childrens. if you go to East you can see the extremism. Even we hear some groups are functioning with arms. most of the middle east foreign embassy officilas are muslims and with their help they receiving funds. Government must stop this nonsense. Is muslim counties sending to sri lanka any buddhist ambassodors?

  32. Patriot

    Just learnt that they went the USA uninvited! and the management of the temple have requested them to leave, kicked out by real Buddhist who want to practice real Buddhism, not Talibanized – Racial Buddhism

  33. lalith

    Please when these Bodu Bala Sena goes to US, someone should record (film) there every movement, doesn’t have to be someone from SL, just an US-SL person should record every movement and moment, Please film and record,

    Because I know they will be doing wrong things and we can prove this in SL, why people never trust groups like these,
    they will use the innocent money go for strip clubs, drink alcohol, watch pornographic movies in temples,

    They ask and use US-SL people’s money to be donated so they can do bad things in SL

    Someone should eliminate this BBS, we don’t need a group that will start another civil war.

    • Surprise

      Lalith dont worry. the FBI will do the job. currently FBI is collecting evidence to prove the point in UN security council how lawless the country is becoming and the minority rights are trampled by these thugs.

      BBS will provide enough ammunition to the US government for the next round of Human Rights bill on Sri Lanka.

      BBS if you still insist on going to US, better remove the robes and travel in Jeans and T shirts, nobody will object if you do Haram thing.

      Better still dress up like the those Muslims fellows with Bakamuna beards. This way you can actually do more harm to the Muslims reputation if you do Haram things.

  34. sundu

    This seems to be a human trait world over. BBS is not alone but their actions makes Bertrand Russel prophetic

    “Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”
    ― Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

    “Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.”
    ― Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

    “Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.”
    ― Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

    ― Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

    “Man is a rational animal. So at least we have been told. Throughout a long life I have searched diligently for evidence in favor of this statement. So far, I have not had the good fortune to come across it.”
    ― Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

    ― Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

    “Not all superstitions are dark and cruel. I once received a communication from the god Osiris. He was living at that time in a suburb of Boston.”
    ― Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

  35. Tomsamusa

    What would you prefer duty free single malt or Jack Daniels for “warming” up the throat before the lecture tour.
    Remmember pot is also legal in some states; your jokers at sinking republic embassy will apprise you on all these important info.

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