PROTECT S’PORES RELIGIOUS HARMONY, APPLY LAWS FAIRLY TO ALL RELIGIOUS LEADERS

Dear Editors,

With regards to the case of a Muslim imam making comments which called for the domination of Christians and Jews, if he is found to be making such insensitive comments which could be misunderstood by the majority of Singaporeans, I hope the authorities will take firm and fair action after investigation as a warning to all.

In 2010, 2 Christian pastors were hauled by the ISD for mocking Taoists and Christians during their private sermons in Church. Both sermons were uploaded onto YouTube and Singaporeans at large were upset that these religious leaders make a mockery of other religions and were disrespectful to Singapore’s religious harmony. Even though their comments were made in a private setting, it is still unacceptable.

http://news.asiaone.com/News/the+Straits+Times/Story/A1Story20100209-197516.html

http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne+News/Singapore/Story/A1Story20100615-222103.html

Likewise, in this case of the imam from Chulia mosque, he made insensitive remarks against Jews and Christians during Friday prayers which is a private setting. It should not matter if its meant for a small congregation or Singapore at large. The authorities should be fair and apply the law equally across all religions be it Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Taoist, Hindu or Judaism.

If the Christian pastors were taken to task in 2010 for putting other religions down, all religious leaders need to be held against the same standards to preserve our religious harmony.

Joseph Raj
A.S.S. Contributor

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