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POPE FRANCIS: FREEDOM OF SPEECH NOT GOOD REASON TO INSULT RELIGION

In reference to the cartoons in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, Pope Francis said there are limits to free speech especially when religion is insulted. He did however also point out that killing in God's name is an absurd notion. . As the Pope spoke to reporters on his flight from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, he shared that freedom of expression was a fundamental human right like freedom of religion but it should be used without giving offense to others.

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MULTI-RELIGIOUS LEADERS CONDUCT TRACK BLESSING FOR F1 S’PORE GRAND PRIX

With the gaze of the motor racing world set to be firmly focused on Singapore next week with the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, the organisers have left nothing to chance to help ensure it runs smoothly. A ceremony was held at the race’s Marina Bay Street Circuit yesterday, where religious leaders from Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Sikhism, Judaism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism and the Baha’i faith conducted prayers for good weather and the safety of the 23 drivers and their teams, race officials and spectators.

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PRC SCOLDED MY FAMILY FOR DOING RELIGIOUS PRAYERS IN FRONT OF MY OWN HOUSE

A Singapore PR from China is preventing neighbour from practising their Chinese folk religion right in front of their own house (incident happened on August 10, 2014 about 1420hrs). A Permanent Resident from China, newly moved in and claiming to be owner of Block 8XXA, #xx-xxx Woodlands drive 50, shouted at our family to stop practising our religion prayer even right in front of our own house unit.

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Syria and Singapore: A Worrying Connection

“One reason is that they believe in the end-of-the-world prophecy and that Muslims must join their brothers in Syria. “Another reason is they are not well-educated in the Islamic knowledge. So they believe that Jihadist cause in Syria is an obligation for all Muslims. “You know, Muslim Singaporeans live in a democratic and free environment. When they see what they consider to be the oppression of Muslims in Syria, they get sentimental and they want to defend their religion.” “This is a civil war. It has nothing to do with religion. It is Muslim fighting Muslim. Muslim Singaporeans must understand it is not the Muslim obligation to join this war.”

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AMERICAN EXPAT: SG SHOULD NOT BAN BOOK ON GAY PENGUINS

I too, am a parent. I too have had my children bring over books that I am not comfortable with them reading at their current ages. The difference between you and I is that I tell my children to put the book back because it’s not right for our family, while you choose to tell ALL children that they may not read the book. Your preferences don’t trump mine. You argue that it is oppositional to your faith. I would counter that all religious texts are oppositional to mine. Yet I am not asking the library to remove children’s bibles or children’s ramayans because they have no place in my faith. (Nor do I want to, for the record. We even own some.) Your faith does not trump mine.

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FCBC Family-themed Church Service Draws 6,000 Worshippers Wearing White

Referring to the ongoing debate over homosexuality, Mr Khong said that he was not pushing a religious agenda but taking a stand on a social and moral issue. Adding that he is doing this out of his love for Singapore and the generations to come, he said that he was “confounded” at being described as confrontational. The Pink Dot event in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community that took place yesterday, he noted, was a "political gathering with a political agenda to change the law of our land".

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Red, white, pink – a contest of space

It might sound odd to you, to speak of contest when we should really be trying to achieve harmony. But I feel it is an important consideration, because without it, we will never understand the concerns that underpin the diverse groups involved in this issue. This lack of understanding also renders any conversation meaningless, because the terms of the conversation will always be at odds with each group, leading to adversarial positions that are based on absolute terms.

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PINKDOT AIMS TO CHANGE SG CONSERVATIVE LAWS & POLICIES, NOT PROMOTE INCLUSIVITY

To be truly inclusive, why not invite the wearwhite participants to PinkDot? If you are truly diverse, why unrelentingly seek to redefine marriage and change the natural fact that family is made up of one man, one woman and their offspring/s? If you are really tolerant, why force upon society your views and jump on those who disagree by labelling them as homophobes, bigots or ignorant, uneducated people who discriminates?

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PAP lets Religious Fundies Do Its Dirty Job

The Muslim religious fundies led by Ustaz Noor Deros, NUS lecturer Syed Khairudin Aljunied and Zulfikar Sharif have started a "Wear White" campaign to counter the popular Pink Dot Movement. A movement that not only preaches the freedom to love among the LGBT community but also openness and acceptance across the Singapore society. Now, the Christian fundies led by Lawrence Khong have joined in to lend their support to the Wear White campaign. He is calling his flock to wear white on 28 and 29 June in solidarity with the Muslims, to show their dissatisfaction with Pink Dot and preach further intolerance against sexual minorities.

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Double Standards: Religious Freedom, Filial Piety and Funeral Ceremonies

While filial piety is a cardinal virtue of all major faiths, no one is compelled to adopt a particular religious interpretation of filial piety which involves the afterlife. Such beliefs belong to the realm of individual conscience. Religious freedom entails the right not to participate in any ceremony of a religion other than one's own. While the passing of a loved one is a time of great loss and mourning for all, relatives are entitled to refrain from participating in funeral ceremonies of religions other their own.

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