Saturday, August 06, 2005

"Proselytism in schools a cause for concern"

The Straits Times, Forum Page, 6th August 2005
"Proselytism in schools a cause for concern"

"SINGAPORE has prided itself on being a melting pot where people of different religions and cultures live together in harmony.

However, a sizeable portion of the Christian population engages in activities like proselytism, evangelism and attacks on evolution. Proselytism and evangelism often include verbal assaults on other religions.

I am a secondary school student and have often seen people promoting their religion within the school. While they are free to believe in their faith, what they are doing is against the very Pledge they recite every morning, and an affront to the work our ancestors had put in to establish this nation.

Our ancestors put aside their differences, worked together and built this country through friendship, trust and tolerance, something these 'missionaries' are threatening to undo.

Should there be some religious influence on government decision-making? Nay! I say. The United States has already let religious authorities affect its bureaucracy. Now, half the schools in the country do not teach evolution and that the Earth is about 6,000 years old, despite the scientific evidence.

Are we to devolve to that level?

Alvin Leong Bai Ran"


YCK said...

Race and religion are sensitive issues. Can anything be done if people want to pass bad science as good religion? Any response will likely provoke allegations of religious intolerance!

One worrying trend that I noticed here is that creationism has spread beyond the conservative christians. A buddhist speaker from Australia have used creationist argument against Darwinian theory of evolution.

This spread agreed with what was noted in the book, The Cultures of Creationism by Simon Coleman and Leslie Carlin. It will be really dreadful if the intolerence and unreasonableness of creationist ideas take root here.

Brandon said...

browsing in an islamic bookstore some time ago, I came across a book, in english, against evolutionary theory. the target audience was students and/or their teachers, and the book used arguments pretty much derived from the creationists. seems like this is spreading