There is something about religion that makes seemingly nice and smart persons turn into complete brainless sheeps. Mountbatten MP Lim Biow Chuang is one good example. From some feedbacks from friends, it appears that he is a pretty nice MP, however, now they are utterly disappointed by this “disappointed” MP.
For me, the disappointment is not that he disagrees with homosexual persons, but rather the brainless and less than factual reasoning that he uses to justify his position, whilst trying to present them as facts. What is more disappointing is him trying to wave his Christian values as secular and factual. I don’t mind if one’s argument is based on religious values, but to be dishonest about it shows a lack of integrity on that part of the person.
Waving the straw men, he is quoted to have said: “homosexual relationships are different from heterosexual ones”. Exactly what is the difference is probably mentioned somewhere later; that homosexual relationships are not normal and there are no facts to say that they can form lasting relationships and that heterosexual relationships are based on values like trust, love, commitment and support, which to him, a same-sex one does not.
Ok, so if a same-sex relationship is NOT based on trust, love, commitment and support, than what is it based on? If a heterosexual relationship is lasting, can you explain the divorce rates in Singapore and indeed in many other countries. If heterosexual relationships provide such good family support, can he explain why some kids attempt suicide because of domestic violence or pressures at school or wayward and delinquent children growing up in those families?
To say that a non-discriminatory statement about homosexual relationship “go against the Government’s policy of promoting heterosexual married couples to have healthy relationships and to build stable nuclear and extended family units.” is like a coward hiding behind mom’s undershirt. Firstly, it does not effect married couples, those who are choosing to get married nor those who may want to get married in the future. If it does, we will immediately see a rise in divorce cases and drops in marriage because couples suddenly found homosexual relationships to be normal and decide to try it instead. This is an utterly nonsensically if not brainless argument. Secondly, neither does it “threaten” the stability of a family. the MP seems to forget the gay folks are also human beings and voting Singaporeans who came out of our mothers (not through satanic birth) and are a part of the Singapore family too. Indeed the oft used “homosexuals persons and relationships are not normal”, on the contrary, tear families apart because parents forces their children to attend dangerous Christian conversion therapy leading to depression and many negative emotions, chase them out of the family or physically/mentally abuse the gay child until they either kill themselves or leave the family forever. Same-sex couples avoid family reunions or any contacts in the families at all, creating a cycle of unresolved anger and even regrets. Indeed, many parents who later reconciled with their gay children speaks of the regrets they have over their point of views previously and how much it had destroy their own family because of it.
He was also quoted to have said “If we say a homosexual relationship is quite normal, then people get confused”. I am sorry, but was the MP himself confused? Did he start to question his sexual orientation after reading that? If not, what makes him think that other Singaporeans are more stupid then he is and they are that easily influenced? Also HPB is not saying that a homosexual relationship is better than or preferable to a heterosexual one. Every other movie, sitcom, news and magazine out there are promoting heterosexual relationships, even parents are asking their children to get married, if anyone is confused, it will by gay people!
Lastly, the MP reportedly said “there were no conclusive studies supporting this statement and from what he has read there are really diverse opinions on it”. Well, the only type of reports that are “non conclusive or diverse about normality of a same-sex relationship” are the ones produced by Christian groups. These are based on pseudo-scientific methodology and are not peer-reviewed by the scientific nor psychologist community. And many of those efforts has been denounced as dangerous and inappropriate. It is really dishonest and dangerous to have such an MP who will try to hoodwink the public with pseudo-scientific Christian work as evidence and proof.
Utterly disappointed indeed.