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  • How should Singapore go about having religious discourse on social issues, especially contentious ones?

    By: IPS Editor | Nov 20, 2019 | Hits: 176

    A recent Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) paper on fault lines revealed significant differences in opinion regarding religious leaders strongly articulating their views on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues in public. More than 60 per cent of the 4,000 respondents to a nationwide survey indicated discomfort to varying extents with this scenario; the…..

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  • Why Singapore needs stronger safeguards against rise of religious and identity politics

    By: IPS Editor | Aug 01, 2019 | Hits: 821

    At the recent Forum on Religion, Extremism and Identity Politics organised by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) and the Ministry of Home Affairs, much was said about the ills of identity politics where people organise along narrow ethnic and religious lines. The rise of religious nationalism seeking to transcend governance systems around the world…..

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  • What’s good and not so good about millennials’ attitudes on religious harmony and freedom of speech

    By: IPS Editor | Apr 17, 2019 | Hits: 1117

    More young people are open to permitting religious extremists to publish their views on the internet or social media. Forty six per cent of those between 18 and 25 years felt this way, compared to only 15 per cent of those above 65 years. A lower percentage of 18 to 25 year olds — 38…..

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  • In upholding harmony, communities’ responses, not just laws, matter

    By: admintest admintest | May 07, 2018 | Hits: 1373

    In the past year or so, statements by two foreign religious teachers in Singapore sparked discussions on their conduct and the impact on social harmony. The most recent one involved Mr Lou Engle, an American Protestant Christian pastor. During a conference in March, he reportedly told the audience that “Muslims are taking over the south…..

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  • “Nones” in Inter-Faith Dialogue: The Case for Inclusion

    By: admintest admintest | Nov 01, 2016 | Hits: 2394

    Singapore’s demography is changing. The number of residents professing to no religious affiliation has steadily risen to about 18.5% in 2015 according to the General Household Survey Report 2015. They form the third largest group behind Buddhism (43.2%) and Christianity (18.8%). The trend of increasing “nones” – a category that includes atheists, agnostics, freethinkers or…..

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  • Time to Engage the Non-Religious in Dialogue

    By: admintest admintest | Mar 15, 2016 | Hits: 2039

    More Singapore residents today do not identify with any religion, compared with five years ago. The Department of Statistics General Household Survey (GHS) 2015 found that those who said they had no religious affiliation constituted 18.5 per cent of the resident population last year, up from 17 per cent in 2010. More of those in…..

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