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Singapore Mega-Pastor Calls Repeal Of Gay-Sex Law “A Looming Threat”

Screen Shot 2013-01-16 at 12.25.31 PMThe pastor of a Singapore megachurch is warning his followers that a repeal of the country’s colonial-era law banning homosexual sex would threaten religious freedom and the basic family unit.

Pastor Lawrence Khong of the Faith Community Baptist Church used former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong’s January 13 visit as a platform to spread his message of intolerance: Khong warned his flock that LGBT activists working to repeal Section 377A of the Singapore Penal Code were a “looming threat” to the basic building blocks of society.

The LGBT site Fridae reports:

Using textbook anti-gay arguments popular among Christian right groups in the United States, he warned that repealing the law will “take away the rights of parents over what their children are taught in schools, especially sex education.”

“It attacks religious freedom and eventually denies free speech to those who, because of their moral convictions, uphold a different view from that championed by increasingly aggressive homosexual activists,” he told his congregation that appears to number at least in the hundreds although the church claims to have a membership of 10,000.

He then called on the government to “provide moral leadership in preserving this basic building block and foundation of our society” and to “robustly protect our constitutional rights to free speech and religious liberty.”

The Singapore High Court is scheduled to hear two cases challenging the legality of the gay-sex ban—one on January 25 and another on February 14.

Lesbian activist Jean Chong recently spoke with government minister K Shanmugam, who told her “there can be no suggestion that LGBT citizens are not wanted” in Singapore, but that “the government is often caught in the middle trying to decide what would be acceptable to the majority.”