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Tensions show as LGBT event looms

Tension between religious groups and the LGBT society here has been simmering.

But things began to really heat up over the past weekend as Pink Dot, due to be held at Hong Lim Park this Saturday, draws closer.

On June 20, Islamic religious teacherNoor Deros started the Wear White campaign online in response to the event, stating that holding Pink Dot on the eve of Ramadan showed "disdain for Islam and the family".

The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore weighed in immediately, sending a memo to mosque staff, advising against being confrontational towards LGBT advocates or those who attend Pink Dot.

Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim and Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam also weighed in, urging Singaporeans to be big-hearted and to "exercise a sense of balance and restraint".

Then the Catholic Church's Archbishop William Gohissued a statement on Sunday, stating that LGBT sexual relationships are "not in accordance with the plan of God" while discouraging discrimination at the same time.

Archbishop Goh's statement was followed by Dr Wijeysingha's Facebook confession, generating more heat in this LGBT debate.

- OH MING XUAN