Pastor's comments on Buddhism/Taoism "inappropriate & unacceptable"
CNA, 08 Feb 2010
Ps Rony Tan of Lighthouse Evangelism was recently called up by the Internal Security Department (ISD) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for his comments about Buddhism and Taoism at his church sessions. These were recorded and posted on their church website, and subsequently posted on Youtube and other websites. According to MHA, his comments were
highly inappropriate and unacceptable as they trivialised and insulted the beliefs of Buddhists and Taoists. They can also give rise to tension and conflict between the Buddhist/Taoist and Christian communities.ISD also told Ps Rony that
in preaching or proselytising his faith, he must not run down other religions, and must be mindful of the sensitivities of other religions.Ps Rony has since personally met with and formally apologised to leaders of the Buddhist and Taoist federations, and they have accepted his apology.
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