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26 May 2016

Prominent Singapore pastor launches campaign against Pink Dot

'Pro-family' pastor Lawrence Khong is encouraging people to wear white during the weekend of Singapore Pink Dot

For the third year in a row, prominent pastor Lawrence Khong and his Christian Church group Love Singapore, is encouraging people to wear white to rally against Singapore’s annual LGBTI pride festival, Pink Dot.

Pink Dot Singapore has grown to be the city’s largest LGBT event and last year saw 28,000 LGBT and allies come together to celebrate the ‘Freedom to Love.’ Since its inception in 2009 it has sought to raise awareness and support for the community.

On Facebook page LoveSingapore, Khong says that wearing white is a way to show a “pro-Family, pro-Government, pro-Singapore” stance.

Khong says of the movement “We reinforce the important role of Family in nation-building.” He also says that the “Church’s stance on heterosexual Marriage and the Natural Family is in keeping with the core value of Singapore's conservative majority.”

“It is a message to LGBT activists that there is a conservative majority in Singapore who will push back and will not allow them to promote their homosexual lifestyle and liberal ideologies that openly and outrightly contradict our laws, our government’s stated policies, our national core values, and the conservative majority’s views on public morality, Marriage and Family,” he also writes.

Khong is renowned for his anti-LGBT stance. In 2014, he launched an anti-gay petition requesting Singapore’s Health Promotion Board to review its positive stance on homosexuality, bisexuality and same-sex relationships and in 2013 he called the LGBT rights movement the 'onslaught of the evil one'

Fridae approached Paerin Choa of Pink Dot for comment.

"In a multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-racial country like Singapore with secularism at its core, citizens are generally accepting of diversity.Indeed, there are churches and religious communities that accept and embrace LGBT people, including the Free Community Church, whose pastor Pauline we featured in this year’s video documentaries of everyday heroes,” Choa said.

“We believe that families should be built on love and understanding, rather than exclusion. Pink Dot is an inclusive event and we invite everyone to come join us on June 4."

This year’s Pink Dot will take place on 4th of June at Hong Lim Park. For more information, visit PinkDot.sg.

Reader's Comments

1. 2016-05-28 00:25  
You are just a bigot :( get a life we are in 2016
2. 2016-05-28 00:25  
You are just a bigot :( get a life we are in 2016
3. 2016-05-28 03:13  
he's entitled to his views though and long may he publish them. if others wish to promulgate them further...... well, no stopping that either if you believe in equality for all.
4. 2016-05-28 13:41  
I believe in equality for all. I believe Hitler was completely entitled to express his views on Jews, homosexuals, Tsiganes and others. That it led to millions of deaths by extermination is of no concern to me at all. It's all the fault of the others who did not speak louder than him.
5. 2016-05-30 02:26  
Pink Dot is on the 5th June??? This story mentions Pink Dot is happening on the 5th June. Is Fridae trying to confuse people? Pink Dot is on Saturday 4th June.
6. 2016-05-30 16:01  
Fridae is useless with facts euro-asian. It is indeed on the 4th.
7. 2016-05-30 16:43    
Sorry guys, there was indeed a mistake on the article and it has been corrected. Thank you for pointing that out.
8. 2016-06-01 08:17  
Well my Message to Straight people is i tolerate all of you!
So why can't all of you tolerate Gay people?
9. 2016-06-02 17:47  
Because ronmac, out of all the bible verses that tell "christians" don't do this and don't do that, the only one they pay attention to is that one verse Lev. which really is about homosexuality being used in worship of a fertility goddess.
Let's break out the lobster and wear multi material clothing while we wrap some shrimp in bacon to go with the lobster!
10. 2016-06-03 22:06  
Hullo American Bear but in my case i am non -religious so all those religious beliefs don't apply to me am i right?
but i guess the Taliban would still kill me irregardless of my beliefs.
11. 2016-06-08 02:03  
I hope this guy knows there use to be a gay club in Montreal called Limelight and it's moto was "dressed in white, dressed in white, for a good time out tonight. As for Bible Scripture, did you read how David and Johnathon felt for each other. So I guess is it was OK in biblical days, it should be OK now.
12. 2016-07-07 13:59  
Have Lawrence Khong or any of his church's leaders ever made homosexual advances to anyone?

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