[Editor’s Note: The writer is responding to Archbishop William Goh’s earlier statement on LGBT.]

The archbishop is already contradicting himself and discriminating against LGBT Singaporeans when he states that, “This kind of lifestyle should not be promoted by Catholics as it is destructive to society and contrary to Christian values, which are life-giving and fruitful.

Further, it champions and makes acceptable a way of life that is individualistic and not helpful to integral human development and hence detrimental to our world and future generations to come.”

He is being hypocritical when he does nothing to decry adultery, premarital sex and having sex with a menstruating woman.

Adultery is infinitely more damaging to the institution of marriage and to society than two people of the same sex loving and being intimate with each other. Yet, adultery and premarital sex are legal in Singapore whereas gay sex is not; the Catholic Church does not agitate to make adultery and premarital sex illegal. That adultery and premarital sex are likewise against the will of God is expressly stated in the Bible:

Leviticus 20:10. If any man commit adultery with the wife of another, and defile his neighbour’s wife: let them be put to death, both the adulterer and the adulteress.

Leviticus 20:11. If a man lie with his stepmother, and discover the nakedness of his father, let them both be put to death: their blood be upon them.

Leviticus 20:12. If any man lie with his daughter in law: let both die, because they have done a heinous crime. Their blood be upon them.

Leviticus 20:14. If any man after marrying the daughter, marry her mother, he hath done a heinous crime. He shall be burnt alive with them: neither shall so great an abomination remain in the midst of you.

Leviticus 20:17. If any man take his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother, and see her nakedness, and she behold her brother’s shame: they have committed a crime. They shall be slain, in the sight of their people, because they have discovered one another’s nakedness. And they shall bear their iniquity.

Deuteronomy 22:22. If a man lie with another man’s wife, they shall both die, that is to say, the adulterer and the adulteress: and thou shalt take away the evil out of Israel.

Deuteronomy 22: 20-21. If no proof of the young woman’s virginity can be found, she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done an outrageous thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. You must purge the evil from among you.

Deuteronomy22: 23-24. If a man happens to meet in a town a virgin pledged to be married and he sleeps with her, you shall take both of them to the gate of that town and stone them to death—the young woman because she was in a town and did not scream for help, and the man because he violated another man’s wife. You must purge the evil from among you.

Leviticus 20:18. If any man lie with a woman in her flowers, and uncover her nakedness, and she open the fountain of her blood: both shall be destroyed out of the midst of their people.

Roy Tan

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