Lawrence Khong's statement at ESM Goh Chok Tong's visit to FCBC

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Mr Goh, it's my pleasure to welcome you once again to Faith Community Baptist Church. The last time we met was during the Marine Parade light up.

We are so honoured by your visit again this morning. 

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you my heart and the heartbeat of the people in this church, as well as committee pastors of LoveSingapore which is an informal, relational network of some 100 churches with a membership of at least 40,000 Christians.

One, we believe that the building of Singapore is an exciting enterprise.

Two, we feel passionately that Singapore is a place worth fighting for! 

Three, we want to create a Singapore we are all proud of.

Sir, we are convinced that there’s no better starting point for this noble endeavor than the Family.

Therefore, we are committed as a church to build strong families in Singapore.

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.

We love our nation. We sincerely pray for and look to the Government to provide moral leadership in preserving this basic building block and foundation of our society. And with that, to robustly protect our constitutional rights to free speech and religious liberty; so as to ensure that social cohesion and religious harmony are maintained in Singapore.

Mr Goh, thank you so much for the great work you have done for Singapore and for this constituency. We will now pray for you, your family, and your continual work among us in this nation.

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