No concerns about active discrimination from me, just so long as you're aware that the lineage method may inherently involve passive discrimination if not handled carefully... but you seem to be across it. (I'll have a look at the Gunaratna video when I get a chance - I don't have access just at the moment. UPDATE:
I have now seen the video, it would seem that the good monk falls in the same category as the two monks I mentioned in terms of who/what he takes as teacher).
The only extra info on Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero that comes to mind other than Wikipedia, is via this Blog Entry by Theravadin - http://tinyurl.com/mahamevnawa
- which should go some way as to making clear why I think it is very important that the Sutta Pitaka be acknowledged as a direct teacher for those who recognise it and identify with it as such.
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh
"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)
"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine