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Be More Deliberate About Religious And Interfaith Dialogue

Unfortunately, absent from the call “to educate our people to be a little more thick-skinned, to not be so easily offended by mere words or opinions” (ST, May 4) is an evaluation and specification of how religious and interfaith dialogues should be designed or strengthened, and in this vein seems to ignore: First, that there are differing opinions within the same religions and faiths, and that it should not be assumed that unelected religious leaders or their congregations necessarily speak for their Singaporean counterparts (and moreover that decentralisation from these leaders could be explored); second, that such dialogues – with potentially more effective approaches and with more diverse representation – also exist independently beyond the government and non-profits such as the Singapore Kindness Movement; and third, that those who do not identify with a religion or faith are often excluded from the process. Continue reading

An Island Of Diversity

It may be in the media’s interest to dichotomise, but the diversity of human experiences and perspectives – be it sexual orientation, gender identity, and religiosity – is consequently ignored. For instance, while it has been the most visible in recent years, the Pink Dot movement is just one of many LGBT events and groups in Singapore. In fact Pink Dot has been challenged for its comparative silence over transgenderism, for neglecting those who identify as queer, questioning, intersex, or asexual, and for the perceived obsession over turnout. Perhaps the very use of labels like LGBT and QUILTBAG is problematic too. Continue reading


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