Statement on Pink Dot, 25 June 2014

National Council of Churches of Singapore 

Public Statement  (For immediate Release)

25 June 2014
LETTER TO MEMBER CHURCHES OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES OF SINGAPORE

The current discourse on LGBT prompted by the intention of the LGBT community to hold a Pink Dot picnic on 28 June 2014 has generated strong reactions among Singaporeans, including Christians.

In the interest of clearing up the matter concerning human sexuality for members of the Christian public who may be confused, the NCCS would like to reiterate the Christian view that homosexual or bi-sexual practices are contrary to the teaching of the Bible. The Council holds that the only sexual relationship sanctioned by God and given as a gift from God is that between a male and a female within the bounds of a monogamous marriage.

The Council also wishes to state that while it does not condone homosexual or bi-sexual practices, it also does not condemn those who are struggling with their gender identity and sexual orientation.

The Council therefore urges members of the Christian community to always act with grace and restraint should they engage with the LGBT community over the coming event.

Issued by

REVD DR WEE BOON HUP                    LIM K THAM
President                                                  General Secretary

Update on Lady Gaga Saga, 30 November 2012

National Council of Churches of Singapore

Update on Lady Gaga Saga

30 November 2012

News of Protests against Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Tour in Korea and other Asian Countries hit the news from 22 April 2012 and she performed amidst protests on 27 April in Korea. These were followed by news of angry protests in the Philippines following her performance on 18 May 2012.

This attracted our attention and we began to find out more about her and her performances.

Concerned about the profanity and blasphemous content of her performances, we requested that this be discussed at the National Steering Committee for racial and religious Harmony on 23 May 2012.

Our concern was received and assurance was given that the performances will be closely monitored.

When it was clear that the content was indeed offensive, calls were made to MDA as well as letters written to protest. These resulted in us being invited by the CEO of MDA, Mr. Aubeck Kam for a meeting on 2 July 2012 to discuss the issue.

The meeting ended well with the CEO of MDA agreeing to look into the following:

(1)        A letter of Apology to the Christian Community via the Catholic Church, NCCS and LoveSingapore.

(2)        Ways to ensure such offensive acts do not happen again.

(3)        To consult the respective religious body when MDA is unsure of the impact of content of any impending events.

Finally, a letter dated 8 October 2012 was received from Mr. Aubeck Kam, CEO of MDA, thanking us for bringing the matter to their attention as well as our meeting with them. They recognized that some segment of the content offended some sector of the community and promised to take that into consideration in future ratings.  They promised to be more stringent in future ratings of religious contents.

We responded with a letter, thanking them for listening to our concern and their promise of a more stringent rating BUT, in view of the sensitivities and strong sentiments, a mere higher rating is not good enough.  We strongly urged them to strictly enforce their guidelines and regulations – in other words, contents that denigrate, ridicule or offend any religion or religious symbols and icons should never be allowed.   We also offered ourselves (The NCCS) to assist the MDA in the event when they are unsure if certain content is offensive to the Christian Community.

We hope to bring the whole episode to a close at the next NSC meeting by having the NSC endorse the call to respect and protect all religions and religious symbols from abuse in Singapore.

–     BISHOP TERRY KEE
President
National Council of Churches of Singapore
30 November 2012

Statement to the Press regarding CHC Police Case 26 June 2012

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

Statement to the Press regarding CHC Police Case
26 June 2012

Greetings from NCCS!

The following is the statement released by Bishop Terry Kee, President of NCCS.

The National Council of Singapore is saddened to hear of the arrest of Pastor Kong Hee and four other individuals connected with the City Harvest Church for alleged criminal breach of trust and falsification of accounts of the said church.

We appreciate the clarification by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affair that the charges filed by CAD are against the five individuals and not the City Harvest Church (CHC) itself.

Members of the Christian community are united in disapproving any misuse of public or institutional funds, including money raised by or given to churches. Dishonesty in financial matters is clearly contrary to the teaching of the church.

As this is now before the court, it is important that we avoid speculation or pre- judgement into this matter and allow the legal process to take its course.

We call upon the Christian community to pray for every person connected to City Harvest Church that they may not lose faith in God who loves them and promises to be with them through it all , as they go through this difficult time.

We also seek the understanding of fellow Singaporeans not to react against the church or churches in Singapore.

Yours,

Terry

Through the office of

Elder Richard Chong
Executive Secretary
National Council of Churches of Singapore
B1-27 The Adelphi,
1 Coleman Street ,Singapore 179803
Tel: 63368177 Fax: 63368178
Email: richard@nccs.org.sg

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

Statement on the Intention by Pastor Terry Jones to burn the Koran – 9 September 2010

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

STATEMENT ON THE INTENTION BY PASTOR TERRY JONES TO BURN THE KORAN
9 September 2010

We in the National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) join Christians around the world in deploring the intention of Pastor Terry Jones of Dove Outreach Centre in the United States to burn copies of the Koran. This act would be both offensive and hurtful to Muslims around the world and in Singapore. Such an act would be unchristian and a departure from the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ who tells His followers to love their neighbours and pray for all, including those who hate them, and to live in peace with all.

We pray that Terry Jones will recognise the error of his ways.

Provocative acts such as the burning of sacred texts of religious communities achieve nothing except to fan further hostility and violence. The various religious communities in Singapore have worked hard to create harmony, and mutual respect and understanding. We should not let what happens elsewhere affect our friendship and peace. We hope all of us will work harder to overcome religious extremism and gross disrespect of religions in all their forms.

Issued by

Bishop Dr Robert Solomon, President, NCCS
Lim Kay Tham, General Secretary