Tag: Religion

China continues aggressive campaign to ‘Sinicise’ Christianity, purge religions of ‘Western influences’

The Chinese government has long taken control of religious freedom in the country. Churches must be state-sanctioned, and their theologies policed to be in accordance with the Party’s ideologies. Xu Xiaohong, China’s chairman of the National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM), recently announced...

Grabfood driver stops and prays along the street while waiting for orders, gains much respect from netizens

Singapore – The scene is set in front of an eatery along a quiet street in Katong on December 12. Facebook user Rudy Corleone saw a GrabFood driver waiting for his order to arrive which he would then deliver to his client. While waiting,...

Woman alleges Govt agency told her to remove hijab to get the job

Singaporean Sephia Farid took to Facebook earlier this week to stand up against religious discrimination she allegedly faced when applying for a job. According to her, when applying for a job at a non-uniformed government agency, she was told that she would have to...

Uproar in Malaysia over caning of two women guilty of lesbian sex

The caning of two women convicted of lesbian sex in the east coast state of Terengganu on Monday, 3 September 2018 has stirred up a hornet's nest of reactions & responses of political leaders from both the government & opposition. On the part of the...

How the library shaped my life

By Benjamin Cheah Books are my life. As a reader, I look for books that take me inside someone else’s vision or tell me something interesting about the world. As a writer, I seek fresh material to study. Growing up, libraries were a second home. They...

Syria and Singapore: A worrying connection

Amidst all the debate about NLB’s decision to remove LGBT-friendly books, Medishield Life premiums, CPF truths and half-truths, a sobering revelation was made in Parliament yesterday. A “handful” of Singaporeans have joined the Jihadist cause in Syria. Even children, one of them two years old,...

Pink Dot and Muslims

Pink Dot has been around since 2009. But this year, religious groups are getting into the act, with the Wear White campaign launched by a 28-year-old Islamic teacher becoming the headline grabber. One angry Muslim, Mohd Khair, criticised the Pink Dot organisers on social media...

More than just white vs. pink

When the Wear White campaign, organised by Islamic religious teacher Ustaz Noor Deros, was unveiled, it saw unlikely supporters in the Faith Community Baptist Church and LoveSingapore church network. The campaign ostensibly protests homosexuality and defends ‘the natural family’, a stance common to faith-based...

Lessons from Myanmar

Assoc Prof Eugene Tan is a faculty in the School of Law at the Singapore Management University. He researches and teaches ethnic conflict regulation. Tan went to Myanmar recently to attend the nation's first interreligious peace conference. He spoke on Singapore's experience in managing ethnic relations. The...

The changing face of mosques in Singapore

Doing away with domes, arches, and minarets; having youth corners instead. When the Al-Mawaddah Mosque opened in 2009 with its roof-top garden, aluminium exteriors, and Building and Construction Authority (BCA) green-mark-award winning sustainability features, it was a sign that mosques in Singapore are going through...