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S’pore govt criticised for only coming up with law to protect Lee Kuan Yew’s name, image now

S’pore govt criticised for only coming up with law to protect Lee Kuan Yew’s name, image now

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They should have implemented this a long time ago.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life who worship Lee Kuan Yew have come out to strongly condemn the government.

This after the Government is finally coming up with a law to protect the name and image of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew from commercial use and exploitation two months after his death in March 2015, aged 91.

One Singaporean, Mei Yew Yong, said he does not understand why the government had to take two months to come up with this proposal given that this is a government that supposedly has foresight: “This should have been implemented years ago. This is honestly the worst kind of ineptitude anyone can witness first-hand.”

“I can’t believe it took the Singapore government two whole months sitting on their laurels before coming up with this law. Shameful.”

Other Singaporeans who have proposed for Lee Kuan Yew to be recognised as a religion in Singapore have asked the current regime to step down.

Chao Yew Yu, a local, said: “Lee Kuan Yew would have fired the whole Cabinet personally for this slow rate of development.”

“It is obvious that the previous suggestion for Singapore to formally recognise Lee Kuan Yew as a religion have apparently fallen on deaf ears.”

“Slow and shameful.”

“Seriously, what must Singaporeans do so that the present government will start to recognise Lee Kuan Yew as a religion?”

At press time, other Singaporeans are calling for a law to make it mandatory for the collection of royalties for the Lee family’s estate each time “Lee Kuan Yew” or his likeness in any form is mentioned or cited in any medium.

 

Singapore needs a real religion:

Time for S’pore to recognise Lee Kuan Yew as a religion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Feminists alert AWARE that politics & religion in S’pore dominated by men

Feminists alert AWARE that politics & religion in S’pore dominated by men

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Where are the women, they demand to know.

Photo stolen from Teo Chee Hean

Photo stolen from Teo Chee Hean

Feminists from all walks of life, who oppose the hidden normalised structures of patriarchy, have written formally to women’s organisation AWARE Singapore.

This after the feminists spotted a photo online showing as clear as day that politics and religion in Singapore are dominated by men.

The photo, showing 14 men of various shapes and sizes standing side-by-side without any effort to introduce a token female species into the mix, was taken at the Inter-Religious Organisation event held at the Istana.

One feminist, Nu Qiang Ren, said: “Feminists have always been accused of over-thinking things and analysing power structures that supposedly do not even exist, but now what we have here before us is incontrovertible proof that society is owned and managed by a patriarchal system that has firmly embedded itself in two major pillars in society: Politics and religion.”

“The lack of women in these domains might not sound appalling to you because we’ve all been normalised to think that this is the status quo and this is the norm and anything other than this cannot exist.”

“But imagine for a second if we substituted all the men in the picture with women and said it was fair. Wouldn’t you be equally alarmed?”

At press time, speculation is rife that next year’s event will have token female representation, especially from minority groups, to avoid any accusations of bias and to continue to fabricate the illusion that patriarchy is dead.

 





Donating kidney to stranger instead of doing magic show is a true display of one’s religious tenets, S’poreans say

Donating kidney to stranger instead of doing magic show is a true display of one’s religious tenets, S’poreans say

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Singaporeans touched by monk’s gesture.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who have a pair of functioning kidneys and who despise charlatans have come out to applaud Buddhist monk Ming Yi, the former head of Ren Ci Hospital.

This after the Venerable Ming Yi reportedly donated one kidney to a complete stranger from a low-income household out of the goodness of his heart.

One Singaporean, Yeo Ji, said he is touched by the monk’s gesture as it is a true display of his religious tenets: “Donating a kidney to someone in need is a much better way to reach out to others to show that your religion really cares than doing magic shows that serve no purpose other than glorify oneself.”

Other Singaporeans said the Venerable Ming Yi is a leading light as this move can be interpreted as an atonement for his previous conviction in 2010 for misappropriation of funds and falsifying accounts while he was chief executive of Ren Ci Hospital.

Ren Cuo, a local, said Singaporeans are touched and are willing to move on: “Donating a kidney is surely a better way to show your remorse than having a daughter who had a child out of wedlock and going about judging other people for being gay.”

 

Pro-diversity please, we are Singaporeans:

IKEA S’pore is the epitome of pro-diversity: They didn’t discriminate against gay-bashing homophobe

 

 

 











Time for S’pore to recognise Lee Kuan Yew as a religion

Time for S’pore to recognise Lee Kuan Yew as a religion

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There is no lack of the pious in Singapore.

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Dear New Nation,

As part of the Silent Majority, I do not have many strong views in my lifetime.

I never write to the press to express a view and I don’t wear my heart on my sleeve on Facebook or talk shop with my friends about politics.

However, when I do express my thoughts, or rather my thought — since thinking about things in-depth doesn’t come quite as naturally as the Noisy Minority and I will be left with just one thought, if I’m lucky — you can be sure my idea will be something of utmost importance that will immediately grab everyone’s attention as if this idea of mine is the first thought that came into my head and I suddenly felt compelled to put it out there in writing.

Hence, I am compelled to write that I am putting forth the proposal of formally recognising Lee Kuan Yew as a religion in Singapore.

Sure, any new religion would face opposition during the infancy of its creation. This is similar to the experiences of many religions stemming from the Levant a few thousand years ago.

And yes, proposing such an idea might sound startling and utterly ill-befitting of my Silent Majority image, but you need to hear me out.

 

Turning Lee Kuan Yew into a religion has its benefits.

Firstly, it will prevent naysayers from boo-booing his legacy. This is so as anyone caught saying negative things about him will be offending religious feelings and can be prosecuted more easily.

Secondly, we have read and watched the many superhuman abilities attributed to him in the mainstream press the past week or so and we all can’t help but be impressed and in awe of him.

How could any mere mortal have achieved so much in so little time? Lee Kuan Yew’s achievements were nothing short of biblical in consequence and the parallels between Singapore and Israel are glaring if we really think about it.

Thirdly, there is clearly no shortage of the pious judging by the throngs of believers who paid their last respects to Lee Kuan Yew when he was lying in state at the Parliament House, but we are clearly short of gods. Why not make Lee Kuan Yew one then?

Furthermore, he has proven to be a unifying figure who is credited with giving Singaporeans what they need.

Last but not least, Singaporeans can better ritualise their praise and worship of Lee Kuan Yew in the long run.

Right now, fervent tributes are haphazard and sporadic. By ritualising the praise and worship, it can be made habitual.

And all he needs now is to be accorded religious status.

I am primarily aghast that my fellow Singaporeans are unable to bring the events that have happened the past week or so since Lee Kuan Yew’s passing to their logical conclusion.

If this proposal is not considered, I will have no choice but to send this letter to The Straits Times instead, who would have no qualms publishing anything.

Yours sincerely,
Silent Majority

 

Other letters by the Silent Majority:

Silent Majority: Too much freedom in S’pore equals freedom to be raped

Take those who disrespect Lee Kuan Yew to task

Revoke S’porean citizenship of those who did not pay respects to Lee Kuan Yew

 

 





Atheism: The art of not-giving-a-shit

Atheism: The art of not-giving-a-shit

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“Every man born unto this Earth is a sinner!”, the man exclaimed. “If you do not believe in Jesus, then you are a walking corpse!”

By Chin Wei Lien

Atheists gone wild

I WAS called a “walking corpse” by a complete stranger in the winter of 2009 in Buffalo, New York. Granted, I was a sleep deprived communications major at that point of time. But I didn’t think he was referring to my heavy eyebags or my… student attire.

“Every man born unto this Earth is a sinner!”, the man exclaimed. “If you do not believe in Jesus, then you are a walking corpse!”

The man was a pastor from a local community church, and he was directing the insult not personally at me for my lack of religious beliefs, but also to everyone in the vicinity who didn’t subscribe to his, apparently, non-zombie faith.

Like many historical leaders in old photographs and paintings, the man stood taller and spoke louder than the crowd of college students beneath his feet. Silhouette painted black forbodingly outside the Student Union, the man was perched on top of a tiny foldable stool and looked bigger and more authoritative than his booming voice.

As the messenger of God’s words, he clearly looked confident and on most days, he also had an audience.

I was in the mostly muted crowd when a heated debate erupted between the pastor and a group of over-enthusiastic college atheists. One Indian exchange student (thick accent and all) in particular, stood out.

“What about babies? Are babies born sinners? What sins have they committed?” he retorted, backed by cheers from the crowd.

But our man would not be fazed.

One of the many apocalyptic crackpots dotting the streets of New York.

With every rhetorical and hypothetical question thrown at the pastor, he would use the Bible as his own pillar of truth. God had apparently, wrote down the answers to every conceivable question in the universe and the atheists, cynical as they were, would not run out of questions.

As the back-and-forth squabble began to border on the inane, I began to wonder if there was a point for atheists to form small groups and organizations to protest against leaders of religious institutions. After all, atheists trying to preach about atheism is a little too, well, religious for my taste.

The word “religion” has the same root word as “ligament” and “ligature”, which means “to be bound together in one belief”. If the belief of non-belief, or atheism, transforms into an organized institution of believers, then what draws the line between atheism and all the other religions?

Banding together to tell others that there is no God is in the most rudimentary form, the same as banding together and telling others that there is one. Only, the latter marches under the flag of a church while the other marches under none.

In January of 2009, an atheist advertising campaign was launched on buses all across Britain, carrying the slogan “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life”. Essentially a fund-raising campaign, the advertisement ran on 200 buses and 600 vehicles in England, Scotland and Wales.

A similar incident occurred in February of 2010 when a group of atheists, agnostics and humanists, called the Secular Coalition of America, met up with the Obama administration in the White House to discuss issues of great concern to the secular movement. These issues include the protection of children from neglect and abuse, the ending of military proselytizing as well as the eradication of faith-based initiatives.

Comedian Adam Carolla said it best when he was invited onto an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher in February of 2010, a HBO talk show that features a panel of guests that discuss current events in politics and the media.

Atheism = "not giving a shit!"

“I don’t like it when atheists or atheism becomes a religion. A lot of people are having meetings, organizing and protesting when the whole point of being an atheist is to not give a shit!”

In truth, it doesn’t matter if someone wants to worship Jesus Christ, Buddha, the Sun God of Ra, Cthulhu or a rock – let them be. To say that atheism is the art of “not giving a shit” isn’t so much about celebrating ignorance and giving a shelter to avoid big questions of life, but more about knowing how far your responsibilities lie. We are responsible to ourselves when it comes to our spiritual beliefs, and that is as far as we need to bother ourselves with.

As much as atheists may feel the need to defend themselves from the discrimination and hostility of religious fundamentalists, it is important to note that in reality, we merely have the responsibility to respond to those that attend to shove their beliefs down our throats.

In this day and age, trying to convert religious individuals to atheism is like trying to stab a jelly onto the ceiling with a plastic fork – it’s not going to happen. The slogan for the atheist advertisement campaign, then, really should be this: Don’t give a shit about what others do or do not believe. Stop worrying and enjoy your life!