Tuesday, 25 October 2005

Effects of remote, retroactive intercessory prayer on outcomes in patients

British Medical Journal 2001; 323: 1450-1451 (22-29 Dec)

Effects of remote, retroactive intercessory prayer on outcomes in patients with bloodstream infection: randomised controlled trial

Leonard Leibovici, professor.

Department of Medicine, Beilinson Campus, Rabin Medical Center, Petah-Tiqva 49100, Israel


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No proselytisation allowed in schools

by MOE (25 Oct 2005)

  1. A recent ST Insight article (“Say Aaah...men”, 15 Oct) discussed the issue of proselytisation.
  2. Any form of proselytisation to students is strictly not allowed in our schools, including both government and mission schools. Schools will take action against any teacher found to have engaged in proselytisation.
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Saturday, 15 October 2005

Say aaah...men

by Li Xueying and Ken Kwek (ST Insight, 15 Oct 2005)

Proselytising in public institutions such as schools and hospitals has been in the news. Is it acceptable for doctors to try and save not just the body but also the soul? Should teachers be allowed not just to teach but also preach? LI XUEYING and KEN KWEK search for some answers.

IN 2002, Mr Alvin Choo, 55, suffered a relapse of nose cancer and sought treatment at Singapore General Hospital.

Not only did his nose get attention, so did his soul.

During separate consultations, not one but three, oncologists urged him to consider Christianity.

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Talking about God in schools, hospitals

by Li Xueying (ST, 15 Oct 2005)

THE nurse could not stop talking about her faith, even as she was inserting a needle into her elderly patient's arm.

A routine blood test at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) turned out to be a lesson in evangelical Christianity for Associate Professor Wong Weng Fai, 41, a computer science lecturer, and his 66-year-old mother, a dementia sufferer.
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Saturday, 8 October 2005

Teachers are expected to be good role models for students

by MOE (08 Oct 2005)

Ms Thio Sin Loo (“Should teachers seek to convert pupils?”, ST Forum, 1/10) was concerned about teachers imposing their personal values on religion to students outside school hours.

The Ministry of Education takes a firm stand on religious proselytisation by teachers. Our schools are secular, and teachers should not be engaged in proselytising their students. We otherwise face a real risk of undoing the multi-cultural and multi-religious sensitivity and harmony that Singapore has built up over the years, and which our schools seek to cultivate in each new generation.
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Tuesday, 4 October 2005

Isn't Boys' Brigade just a CCA?

ST Forum, 4 Oct 2005

The letter, 'Should teachers seek to convert pupils?' (ST, Oct 1), struck a chord with me.

Some years ago, my son was studying at Sembawang Secondary School when he joined the Boys' Brigade. Without my knowledge, the instructors/teachers in charge would take the members to church to attend worship services, and study the Bible.

Finally, one day my son told me he wanted to become a Christian.

I wonder whether the Ministry of Education and the school principal were aware of this.

Ong Swee Seng

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Doc asked patient to pray

ST Forum, 4 Oct 2005

The letter, 'Should teachers seek to convert pupils?' (ST, Oct 1), reminded me of an incident at a specialists' clinic in a hospital some years ago.

I was consulting an oncologist on the outcome of a CT scan. Grim-faced, he told me the bad news: my cancer had returned.

Fully aware that I was not a Christian, the doctor asked me to kneel with him and pray. This made me even more distraught because the conclusion was that conventional medicine had run its course and divine intervention was needed.

At that critical moment, I felt that faith and medicine should not have been dispensed in the same prescription.

Alvin Choo Weng Kee

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Saturday, 1 October 2005

Should teachers seek to convert pupils?

by Thio Sin Loo (ST Forum, 01 Oct 2005)

I am writing this letter because of some questions posed to me by a friend's daughter, a Primary 6 pupil studying in a local school.

This girl corresponds with her teacher on MSN Messenger and one day while I was surfing, she started asking me about Christianity and Buddhism. I found it strange that she would ask me these questions and not her parents.

Apparently her teacher had been asking her to attend Saturday worship services by The Rock, a Christian church based at Suntec City. A Buddhist, she replied that her parents would probably not let her go for the service.

The teacher told her it was not up to her parents to decide, that she was free to make up her own mind, and kept pressing her to go for his church's service.

I find this disturbing in many ways. For one thing, I feel that teachers should not be communicating with their students on such a personal level outside school. A teacher-pupil relationship should always exist within the parameters of education and the school.

Secondly, I am shocked that the teacher is encouraging his pupil to disobey her parents and listen to him instead. This is not the kind of approach our educators should adopt for impressionable teens.

Thirdly, teachers, as educators and authority figures to be respected in school and in society, should be the ones to inculcate tolerance and respect for other cultures and religions.

As most teachers are young educated adults and they form a large percentage of Christians in Singapore, are they allowed to impose their personal values, morals and principles on their pupils?

Is there any restriction or guide that regulates the relationship between teacher and pupil outside the parameters of the education system?

Are teachers allowed to go on MSN Messenger to communicate with their pupils on any issue and topic?

I would like to know the Ministry of Education's stand on this matter.

See related article:
Teachers are expected to be good role models for students (MOE, 8 Oct 05) - response to the above letter

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