Remember Our Pledge

We, the citizens of Singapore pledge ourselves as one united people, regardless of race, language or religion, to build a democratic society, based on justice and equality, so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation.

How can our society be just and equal when an allegedly Dominionist linked church is involved in the hijacking of a women right’s group like AWARE. These women have lied repeatedly about their motives which makes me very suspicious and unwilling to trust them. All they have done so far has been detrimental to AWARE. To learn that they had replaced their Education Officer with someone from Church of Our Saviour is alarming.
I, for one, believe in our constitutional rights to have freedom in our choice of religion and SEXUALITY. While I am heterosexual, I do not believe in these Christian fundamentalists who are intolerant of the sexual orientation of other people. I am not going to debate whether you are born gay or not. What I find important, is the FREEDOM to be what you are. I have gay friends and I am concerned that my friends are exposed to people who are intolerant and treat them like pariahs. A non-committal stance towards homosexuality is NOT promoting it. We should be tolerant of people different from ourselves. While we certainly do not promote the homosexual lifestyle in conservative Singapore, we SHOULD NOT discriminate homosexuals. Remember the words in our pledge!
It is NOT a cat fight between college girls over who’s better. It’s a planned takeover of secular non-government organization by religious fundamentalists. The sheer audacity of their behaviour in a secular country is shocking and frightening. Intolerance towards gays is not their only intolerance, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. If they are able to get away with this, what’s stopping them from other acts of intolerance? What’s stopping them from discriminating people of other races and religions?
Be concerned about this, this is not just a gay issue, it’s not a women’s issue. It’s about our rights as a citizen. We said the pledge so many times. We pledge ourselves as one united people, regardless of race, language or religion, to build a democratic society, based on justice and equality. Believe in it. Stand up for it.
Most people have put it across much more articulately than me but I might not share the same views totally. Worth reading if you are not sure of all the facts in this incident.

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