04 September 2007

"It's a matter of time," says Lee Kuan Yew

In the latest interview with the International Herald Tribune, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew brings up the subject of homosexuality once again. Meanwhile a pastor fulminates against gay people. Full essay.


Yawning Bread Sampler said...

Alan Wong wrote in the comments section of 'Towards a human rights mechanism':

Hi Alex,

It seems your comments section to your latest blog on LKY has been hijacked to a phone advertisment.

Was it intentional?

Alan wong

erm.... I can't see any phone advertisement. And by this example, I can post a comment myself - Alex.

Wolfgang said...

It is funny isn't it. It seems to the nutcases (aka. christian funadamentalist), equal rights = special rights.

It was the same argument they made when they wanted to give equal rights to woman (i.e. to vote). They said that these "women" wanted special rights to vote.

Anyone with half a brain can see that repelling S377A is not a special right.

deliveryman said...

Mr Lee is again himself. Choosing his words carefully and keeping it open-ended. As you have said, he is right not to mention that group of people. But this group may one day strongly asked why our great leader never mentioned their group of people and of course, they may not think as far as the great leader in the greater scheme of things.

I just hope that his colleagues are more careful too when saying things about this area.

Teck Soon said...

I noticed that the anti-gay group usually uses the words "homosexual right" instead of "gay rights", and always chooses to say "homosexuals" instead of "gays". I wonder why. Does "homosexual" sound worse?

Yawning Bread Sampler said...

Teck Soon -

It's deliberate. I believe the objective of using 'homosexual' instead of 'gay' is to keep hammering at the point that it's all about sex (which they assume to be a bad thing). The abrahamic religions are characterised by sex-phobia, a teaching that is not found in other religions like hindusim, taoism or even buddhism. So they think that by constantly associating gays and lesbians with sex, they achieve their aim to painting a negative picture of GLBTs.

Anonymous said...

As your posting on that certain derek hong shows, it is highly inaccurate and simplistic of LKY to associate homophobia to malay muslims and older Singaporeans.

On a daily basis, I do not think a large majority of Singaporeans care, except those who need someone on Sunday morning to blame ie satan for their personal problems. I would not be making too overt generalisation to feel that most people here are indifferent unless it concerns their male kids.

recruit ong said...

Easy lah! They call u homosexuals, u can also use the homo word back on them. Call them homophobic instead of anti-gays lor hehe