“When not committing slippery-slope fallacies, Khong and his staunchest supporters make poorly substantiated claims intended to persuade through irrational fear, uncertainty, and doubt. Regardless of one’s point of view, we must address the pressing issue of religion and its role in this debate.”
By Wei Jie Koh, Yale-NUS ’17 – See bio
This post is about an ongoing saga involving a megachurch pastor, a network of more than 40,000 Christians, and the LGBT community in Singapore. This series of events has re-ignited a heated debate over local LGBT issues. The outcome has the potential to affect not only LGBT people, but also the role of religion in the public sphere.
Religion and Politics in Singapore
What should the role of religion be in Singaporean society and politics? Simply put, Singapore is a secular nation. The government is separate from religious institutions. Policies should be constructed without influence from religious values and should not unfairly discriminate against or benefit any particular religious group. Article 15 of the Constitution also guarantees every person “the right to profess and practise his religion and to propagate it”. Religious groups have the right to free exercise, but they…
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