Matters have officially come to a head in Singapore as members of the Faith Community Baptist Church (FCBC) and the LoveSingapore network of churches have announced they will join the Wear White campaign initiated by some Muslims.
The aim of these two religious groups is to make a stand against the upcoming Pink Dot event to be held at Hong Lim Park on June 28, 2014.
Ustaz Noor Deros, 28, a religious leader is responsible for initiating the Wear White campaign. He called for Muslims to wear white when attending the first prayer on June 28, in a bid to ask them to "return to their natural disposition".
The Muslim month of Ramadan happens to fall on June 29 this year.
The Wear White campaign organisers had earlier spoken out against Pink Dot, saying the annual Hong Lim Park event organised in support of the so-called lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Singapore, had deliberately chosen June 28 to coincide with the start of Ramadan.
However, the Pink Dot event has been held on the fourth Saturday of June since it began in 2009. According to the Straits Times, a spokesman for the organisers also said they went ahead with this year's event after checking with the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) website and consulting their "friends from the Muslim community".
Christians speak out
Responding to the news that some segments of the Muslim community have taken the lead to speak out against Pink Dot, senior pastor of FCBC Lawrence Khong -- known for his strong stance against homosexuality -- posted the following message on his Facebook:
“I’m so happy that Singapore’s Muslim community is making a vocal and visual stand for morality and Family. I fully support the ‘wear white’ campaign. FCBC, together with the LoveSingapore network of churches, will follow suit on the weekend of 28 and 29 June, island-wide. I look forward to celebrating the Family with the Muslim community and I am pleased to partner with them in championing virtue and purity for the good of our nation!”
The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) had previously rejected the application by the organisers of FamFest, previously called Red Dot Family Movement, to host an event at the Padang on June 28, the same day as Pink Dot.
FamFest was touted as a pro-family event. The organiser is Touch Community Services, whose founding chairman is Khong.
The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) has since also come out to advise Muslims not to be confrontational towards the LGBT community.