My bit of rambling on the AWARE saga seemed fated to get a sequel. By now, it should be well-known that Pastor Derek Hong of the Anglican Church Of Our Saviour (COOS), which seems to be the unifying demographic in the collective profile of the new AWARE exco and then some (pdf alt), has raised a rallying war-cry to the women in his flock to ‘be engaged’ and support fellow church member and Aware president Josie Lau and ‘her sisters’ at Aware, claiming ‘it is not a crusade against the people but there’s a line that God has drawn for us, and we don’t want our nation crossing that line.’
What could be defined by the term “our nation” in the pastor’s mind, when Singapore is a secular sovereign state? Who makes up “our nation” he is commanding to not cross the “line that God has drawn” when Christians comprises 14.5% of Singapore’s population? The implications are nothing short of intriguing. (Pastor Hong is not the only COOS shepherd to urge his flock to support the new AWARE exco in the name of church and country).
If you have access to a copy, read what the good pastor said in today’s Straits Times. 2 and 2 apparently do not have to add up. Heck, compare it and the “outing” of the Group of 9 + 1 to his church’s “clarification” statement, and it gets even more confuzzling. Even COOS staff are getting in on the act. You can’t throw out the bath water without dashing the baby to the ground. So which is it, yea or nay?
Incidentally, it is very interesting that almost as soon as MOE issued a statement on the bone of contention by the Group of 9’s + 1, aka “Feminist Mentor”, and said it had not received complaints neither from her or the shocked parents she chewed the bone with, and the FM seemed certain of hanging by her own rope, it began poking the bone, and a newly launched petition by a Madam K.F. Khoo to request MOE to do the poking has garnered 1,200 signatures (scroll to post titled “Check Again”. Edit: This is a much better reference, with the originating email appeal in tow apparently).
EDIT: I am highly interested in the outcome of the MOE probe of course – will someone get a tap on the wrist? (Incidentally, the comments to the post are very interesting reads, involving self-styled concerned parents to boot.) And for balance, straight from the horse’s mouth: Notes from an AWARE CSE trainer
Additional references and choice reads:
- Churches: Don’t get involved
- Christians Against AWARE Takeover!
- Civil society in a secular society
- An open letter to Ms Josie Lau
- A friendly academic challenge to COOS on reparative therapy
- Concerns addressed
- Don’t pretend that Christian activism doesn’t exist here (pdf alt)
- From de-conversion.com