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Pastors' comments spark fresh debate over Section 377A

in SINGAPORE, 21/01/2013

Khong, of Faith Community Baptist Church, called the repeal of the statute "a looming threat to the basic building block (of family) by homosexual activists". In front of a congregation last weekend that included ESM Goh Chok Tong, who happened to be passing by the church during his regular Marine Parade walkabout, Khong urged the government to provide "moral leadership" and to "protect constitutional rights to free speech and religious liberty"

Singapore actor Lim Yu Beng has joined the growing chorus of netizens condemning recent pleas by two church pastors against the repeal of Section 377A in Singapore.

"To put it simply, Pastor Khong wants it illegal to be homosexual in Singapore. My point is this. Nobody is making it compulsory for him to be gay. Why should he make it compulsory for others to be straight?," he said in a Facebook post on Sunday.
The respected veteran stage and film actor said he was not questioning the Pastor's beliefs but rather "his right to impose those interpretations on others through legislation".
Lim's comments come amid a growing and bitter debate in the past week over Senior Pastor Lawrence Khong's plea to the government not to overturn Section 377A, which criminalises sex between consenting gay men. Read the full story.

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