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National council of churches issues statement on Pink Dot controversy

Council says it does not condemn the LGBT community, urges Christian community to act with grace and restraint.

SINGAPORE: The National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) has issued a statement after a wave of controversy erupted in the wake of the Wear White campaign launched by an Islamic religious teacher against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement.

The statement, issued on Wednesday (June 25), said that although “homosexual or bi-sexual practices are contrary to the teaching of the Bible”, the NCCS “does not condemn those who are struggling with their gender identity and sexual orientation”.

It also urged members of the Christian community to “always act with grace and restraint should they engage with the LGBT community over the coming (Pink Dot rally) event”.

The Pink Dot rally, which is held in support of the LGBT community in Singapore, is set to take place on Saturday.

Below is the statement in full:

The current discourse on LGBT prompted by the intention of the LGBT community to hold a Pink Dot picnic on 28 June 2014 has generated strong reactions among Singaporeans, including Christians.

In the interest of clearing up the matter concerning human sexuality for members of the Christian public who may be confused, the NCCS would like to reiterate the Christian view that homosexual or bi-sexual practices are contrary to the teaching of the Bible. The Council holds that the only sexual relationship sanctioned by God and given as a gift from God is that between a male and a female within the bounds of a monogamous marriage.

The Council also wishes to state that while it does not condone homosexual or bi-sexual practices, it also does not condemn those who are struggling with their gender identity and sexual orientation.

The Council therefore urges members of the Christian community to always act with grace and restraint should they engage with the LGBT community over the coming event.

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