Singapore group’s secret guide to lobbying government against legalizing gay sex gets leaked

A secret guide telling Singapore Christians how best to lobby their government against scrapping the country’s colonial era sodomy law has been leaked online - exposing their talking points about how to write to lawmakers

Singapore group’s secret guide to lobbying government against legalizing gay sex gets leaked
18 February 2014

A secret guidebook created by a group of Singapore churches telling people how best to lobby lawmakers against repealing the country’s colonial era 377A law banning sex between men has been leaked online.

‘This Guide is not meant for mass distribution to everybody in your church or everybody you know on Planet Earth,’ the guidebook states.

‘The reason is simple. Not everyone will understand the rationale behind what we do. Not everyone will be sympathetic. That is to be expected.’

Instead the guidebook instructs pastors to create a secret action group within their congregation of like-minded individuals who want to help ‘the silent majority in the Church to speak up,’ in favor of continuing to outlaw homosexuality.

‘I am young and single. I am writing because I shudder at the way society is going today,’ the guidebook urges people to write to lawmakers.

‘I have homosexual friends. I do not discriminate against them. I care about them. But I do not support their alternative lifestyles.

‘I wish to register my point of view that gay and lesbian behavior is unnatural. Same sex marriage is wrong. It must not become the norm in Singapore.’

The guidebook also instructs teachers to tell lawmakers they fear homosexuality will be taught to be ‘the accepted norm,’ in schools, and to tell lawmakers that scrapping 377A will ‘destroy the family,’ as an institution in Singapore.

The guidebook has been produced by a group called LoveSingapore which is made up of several megachurches.

The group’s chair is pastor Lawrence Khong of the Faith Community Baptist Church who is also responsible for a petition against the Singapore Health Promotion Board putting positive information about LGBTI people on its website.

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said it is not up to his government to lead the people on the issue but LoveSingapore appears to be concerned that growing acceptance of LGBTI people in Singapore will eventually lead to reform.

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