Tag Archives: Watain

New Creation Church Had Divisive View Preacher Allowed To Talk, No Religious Harmony Threat?

New Creation Church had, over the weekend, a divisive pro-Christian preacher Col Stringer as their guest speaker. Nothing out of the ordinary, until you consider that Col Stringer is well known for his divisive religious views. Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam had gone on record in the heavy metal band Watain being banned as saying that threats to social and religious harmony in Singapore cannot be tolerated, but how come Col Stringer can pass through stringent checks?

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Shanmugam Preaches That Allowing Watain To Perform In SG Can Affect Social And Religious Harmony

He does not, however, say why the Singapore government in the first place allowed the band to perform here with a Restricted 18 (R18) rating. This means the band have been told to abide with other “stringent requirements” put in place, including the removal of religiously offensive songs, references to religion or using religious symbols, and ritualistic acts on stage. But they then the last minute ban? If the government had known all along that the band represents a danger to our social and religious harmony, why were they allowed to come in to SG in the first place? And only ban them last minute, on the day of the concert itself? Is it because of pressure from some entity that the government must kowtow to?

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