Once more, Singapore is showing its anti-LGBT colors, with a pastor delivering a sermon recently on the importance of heterosexual marriage and referring to the LGBT community as “diabolical.”
“I believe that God has awakened to face one of the greatest attacks on the family by the evil one,’ said pastor Lawrence Khong of the Faith Community Baptist Church.
Khong also lashed out at the LGBT movement, referring to it as the “onslaught of the evil one.”
The church has some 10,000 members and Khong is largely seen as an influential Christian leader in the Southeast Asian island-country.
“We are vulnerable, not just as individuals, but as a community,” said Jean Chong, founder of the Singaporean LGBT rights group Sayoni about why speeches such as Khong’s cannot just be dismissed.
However, the Singapore government appeared to be changing its position on LGBT issues, with Law Minister K. Shanmugam praising a young boy for standing up against anti-bullying in the country.
The YouTube video has received over 100,000 views.
“Articulate, talented young boy,” said the law minister. “We should all condemn bullying, whether it is on cyberspace or in classrooms.”
Section s377A of the Penal Code of Singapore states that anyone engaged in homosexual sex can face prison time.
“Any male person, who, in public or private, commits any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years.”
Law s377a stems from a British Colonial Penal code 377 enacted in 1871, which was implemented in an effort to stop sodomy, bestiality and necrophilia.
In 2007, the law was repealed in Singapore citing that the law needed to be modernized, and so S377A was introduced to explicitly criminalize all forms of male penetration. The law has been used to effectively punish gay men for having sex with each other.