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THE UNOFFICIAL NUS GAY FRESHIES ORIENTATION CAMP 14/15

Wondering how life would be like being gay, lesbian, bi, transgender, queer or questioning (add asexual, pansexual, demisexual and any other non-heteronormative identity that you might identify with) in NUS? Want to make some friends who are also LGBTQA or are straight allies? Just tired of the hetero-normative activities in the other freshmen (how sexist!) camps and want to participate in something more inclusive? Here's the answer: Qrientation!

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GAY SINGAPOREAN: ARCHBISHOP WILLIAM GOH IS A HYPOCRITE

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

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ARCHBISHOP’S MESSAGE: RE-STATEMENT OF THE CHURCH’S POSITION ON THE FAMILY

However, the Church also believes that when God created man (and woman), He had intended for them to "Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it". (Genesis 1:28) For this reason, although the Church treats each individual, regardless of his/her sexual orientation, with sensitivity and respect for his/her dignity, she upholds the view that LGBT sexual relationships are not in accordance with the plan of God. This kind of lifestyle should not be promoted by Catholics as it is detrimental to society, is not helpful to integral human development and contrary to Christian values.

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MUFTI: MOSQUES SHOULD STAY NEUTRAL IN THE FIGHT BETWEEN PRO-GAY GROUP AND PRO-FAMILY MUSLIM GROUP

THE Office of the Mufti yesterday sent an advisory to mosque officers with guidelines on how to address issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, lifestyles. The Mufti, Singapore's highest Islamic authority, also advised mosque management boards (MMBs) and staff not to get caught in the crossfire between a pro-family Muslim group calling itself the Wear White community and the annual Pink Dot picnic, organised in support of the LGBT community.

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DR JANIL PUTHUCHEARY: SINGAPOREANS DON’T BEHAVE LIKE ANGRY CHILDREN

Maintaining trust between Government and the people is a never-ending process. For half a century now, this Government has chosen the path that leads to better outcomes in the long term, often despite temporary pain. In the short run, this may draw on the goodwill between the Government and the people. But as our policies work, both trust and goodwill are rebuilt and strengthened. No government in the world can only do things that all voters approve of and never encounter any problems or cause any pain.

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DR CATHERINE LIM: I ADMIRE THE PAP GOVERNMENT

I share Singapore Consul-General in Hong Kong Jacky Foo's admiring acknowledgment of the many achievements of the People's Action Party (PAP) Government, especially its skilful handling of global-size problems such as the financial crises of 1997 and 2008 and the Sars epidemic. But I disagree with Mr Foo's argument that since the Government has achieved so much, since it has won every election and finally, since it meets the Edelman Trust Barometer benchmark, it surely has the people's trust.

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SINGAPORE ARMY: WE ARE INVESTIGATING TO FIND OUT WHO IS THAT CHAO KENG KIA

It is regrettable that a Singaporean blogger has boasted about how he managed to dishonestly and blatantly get himself discharged from National Service. His dishonesty undermines our system of managing servicemen who genuinely suffer from mental illness. This servicemen had taken the care and consideration given to him by the SAF for granted. The SAF is looking into this matter. MINDEF and the SAF will continue to uphold the principles of universality, equity and critical need as we administer the National Service system. We will continue to ensure that servicemen with genuine psychological conditions are given the proper care and assistance.

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HISTORY: DO YOU KNOW WHO MAMORU SHINOZAKI IS?

Mamoru Shinozaki was a Japanese government official stationed in Singapore before and during the Japanese Occupation. Sometimes referred to as the “Japanese Schindler”, Shinozaki is known for issuing government passes that saved the lives of many Chinese and Eurasians as well as other humanitarian acts during the Occupation. Shinozaki was instrumental in the formation of the Overseas Chinese Association, and the establishment of the Endau and Bahau resettlement villages. After the war, he was a witness in the war-crimes trial of Japanese officers involved in the Sook Ching massacre.

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GRANDMA RECALLS THE JAPANESE OCCUPATION IN SINGAPORE

My grandfather escaped death even though he was already lined up by the seaside thankfully for the missed bullets and the mangled mess of bodies that came crashing down upon him like dominoes falling on each other after the first one was pushed. As the fortunate few, he climbed out from the pile of human shields in a dramatic-sounding fashion and only made his way home after a few days of walking. But he did live to marry and tell my Ah Ma his frightful story.

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