Statement on the Articles of FHM March 2012 Issue – 2 March 2012

National Council of Churches of Singapore
Public Statement
(For immediate Release)

 IN RESPONSE TO THE ARTICLES ON FHM MARCH 2012 ISSUE

2 March 2012

 We refer to two articles: “Which of These Celebs Might Secretly be Jesus?” and “Jesus 2.0: What Can We Expect?” published in the March issue of FHM magazine in Singapore.

 We find the articles highly objectionable and deplorable as they make fun of the Lord Jesus Christ who is worshipped by Christians. These articles appear during the holy season of Lent when Christians remember the sufferings and sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, and they cause serious offence and hurt the sensitivities of the Christian community. We request the authorities to look into the matter and ensure that the objectionable material is removed, and that the gross disrespect against any religions and its religious figures who are held sacred by a religious community, such as in this instance, is not repeated. Such offensive articles threaten the religious harmony that we work so hard to build and maintain.

 It has become fashionable to depict religions through the media and films in ways that are offensive to religious communities, and the outcome can only be increased ill-will and hostility. Our society must be on guard against such trends.

 It cannot be right, under any circumstances, to grossly offend the sensitivity of any religious group.

 We urge Christians to focus on the observations of Lent and to pray, like Jesus, for those who offend and hurt.

BISHOP DR ROBERT SOLOMON
President
National Council of Churches of Singapore

 BISHOP DR JOHN CHEW
BISHOP TERRY KEE
RT REV STEVEN GAN
Vice-Presidents
National Council of Churches of Singapore