I don’t like to write about religious issues. For one, I have no knowledge of the religious texts and rituals, and hence am in no real position to comment. Moreover, anyone and everyone has the right to believe in whatever he desires, to possess any faith he wants to.
But this is not about Christianity, or any religion. This is about Lawrence Khong.
In the coming days Singaporeans are going to take apart his transcript (“FCBC Sermon: God’s Pattern for Marriage”) word by word, and attack his proclamation of a hideous and sinister “homosexual agenda”. Sure, he never does ostensibly express hate against individuals with homosexual orientations or inclinations, but his intent to purportedly unite the churches behind this cause will only amplify disharmony and disaffection. Is the fermenting of such sentiments really necessary? Maybe the lack of grounding in religious education makes me less cognisant, but can we not view others with suspicion, and exercise greater empathy instead? Is religious doctrine pedantically opposed to such a worldview?
Lest we forget: this is a secular state. Lawrence Khong has his right to perceive homosexuality and the “movement” in a particular manner; yet, he has no right to impose his own views upon others. No religion in Singapore has the right to. Earlier this year, the AGC did remind Singaporeans that “[a]ll parties are … advised to refrain from making any public comments on these matters that are sub judice, pending final determination by the courts”. Maybe he forgot?
Lawrence Khong makes me sick and sad. We are better than this. And I need to sleep.