Saturday, 27 February 2010

Singapore is blessed with religious diversity & harmony

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1040351/1/.html
CNA, 27 Feb 2010


SM Goh was the guest-of-honour at the official opening ceremony of the new Bartley Christian Church building. He said
inter-faith harmony in Singapore is active, not passive, meaning religious groups make it a point to stay in touch, allowing them to clear up any misunderstandings that may arise.
and
Singapore is "blessed" because different religious groups are able to co-exist, and because there is inter-faith dialogue ... It's not just passive harmony, but active harmony ... We have the Inter-Religious Organisation, where the leaders meet often so that they are in touch with one another, so they are able to very quickly react to any misunderstanding and put things right.
MP Seah Kian Peng added
Let us not forget that our speeches - whether in Parliament, from the pulpit or at community events like these - are heard by many who may not be present at the event. This is, by and large, a good thing ... But it also means that we have to be prepared to defend our statements and our views to a larger audience. We can usefully put forward our own positions and views without running others down.
See related articles
Community leaders celebrate racial harmony month with gala dinner (CNA, 10 Jul 10)
Be rational, calm, decisive but do not over-react: Dr Yaacob on ISD detentions (CNA, 10 Jul 10)
Ties among religious leaders remain strong: IRO president (CNA, 06 Jul 10)
Maintaining racial harmony imperative to Singapore's survival: MFA (CNA, 28 Apr 10)

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