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Introduction[edit]

Homophobia in Singapore stems from two main factors derived from the cultural characteristics of her population: 1) religious proscriptions and 2) secular insecurity.

There are numerous websites featuring homophobic and counter-homophobic arguments. This article focuses on statements actually made by Singaporeans themselves.

Religious proscriptions[edit]

Abrahamic religions[edit]

Christianity[edit]

Islam[edit]

Judaism[edit]

Eastern religions[edit]

The Eastern religions such as Hinduism, Daoism and Buddhism have ideologically and historically been much more tolerant of homosexuality than their Abrahamic or Middle Eastern counterparts.

Buddhism[edit]

Daoism[edit]

Hinduism[edit]

Confucianism[edit]

Arguments against religious proscriptions[edit]

Secular insecurity[edit]

Being historically an immigrant nation, insecure about economic survival and anxious to ensure the continuity of an intact society, the following categories of arguments have often been voiced by Singaporeans to maintain institutionalised homophobia:

Arguments against secular insecurity[edit]

References[edit]

  • Abdul Khalik, "Islam 'recognizes homosexuality'", The Jakarta Post, 28 March 2008[1].

External links[edit]

  • Question & Answer session, following the above lecture:[7]