AMM wasn’t sure who started what or who said what first, but a Pastor caused furore due to a statement prepared during a Minister’s visit around the vicinity of the church. Here’s an excerpt:
“We affirm that the family unit comprises a man as Father, a woman as Mother, and Children. This is the basic building block of society, a value foundational for a secure future, a premise fundamental to nation-building.
“We see a looming threat to this basic building block by homosexual activists seeking to repeal Section 377A of the Penal Code.
Examples from around the world have shown that the repeal of similar laws have led to negative social changes, especially the breakdown of the family as a basic building block and foundation of the society. It takes away the rights of parents over what their children are taught in schools, especially sex education. It attacks religious freedom and eventually denies free speech to those who, because of their moral convictions, uphold a different view from that championed by increasingly aggressive homosexual activists.”
Further more with his comments in his facebook fanpage it caused further furore with him saying that there’s a Gay Agenda and quoted a satire which can be read here.
Some background info is that Singapore is one of the few countries keeping the section 377a legislature inherited from the British colony and recently a gay couple has challenged to repeal that section. AMM is guessing the hearing is happening sometime soon, and thus certain groups are trying to sway opinions by making the headlines.
AMM doesn’t see how having 377A repealed will see the breakdown of a family unit, taking a parent’s right on what their children will be taught in schools and whatever else he is saying.
Many keep citing protecting the “family unit” as the reason they support that section 377A of the penal code to stay, and that a “family unit” must be “one man” as the father, “one woman” as the mother and followed by the “children”. But AMM strongly believes that the imparting of family and moral values should be from the parents themselves. Not the government and certainly not teachers from schools, and it is sad that in Singapore, many parents seem to be leaving all the teaching to the educators in schools.