Singapore faiths and government should work closely to curb extremist religious speakers: forum

Local religious leaders have called for a stronger partnership between themselves and the government to prevent foreign religious speakers with deviant views from coming into Singapore.

They were speaking at a one-day forum, organised by the Institute of Policy Studies, on the role of religious leaders and the state in cultivating religious harmony in Singapore at the Furama RiverFront Hotel on Tuesday (3 July).

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Timor-Leste turns to religious tourism to boost economy

Bishop Virgilio do Carmo da Silva of Dili (center), Tourism Minister Manuel Vong (next to the bishop) and pilgrims pose for a picture after a send-off Mass at the Bishop’s residence in Dili before the group began its pilgrimage to Oecusse in Timor-Leste on April 20. (Photo by Thomas Ora/ucanews.com)

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Why the rescued Thai soccer team has ordained as Buddhist novice monks


After their dramatic rescue from Nang Non cave, the Thai boys and their soccer coach have ordained as novice monks for a period of nine days, as a part of paying respect to the Thai Navy SEAL, Saman Gunan, who died during the efforts to save them.

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Khmer-Krom: Viet Namese Restrictions on Freedom of Religion

Even though the Vietnamese Constitution formally recognises the right of all minorities to freely exercise their own faiths, the restrictions imposed in practice pose a serious threat to the freedom of communities to practice their religions. The complex system of permissions designed by the Vietnamese legislation represents a considerable obstacle for these communities, which often adds to the harassment and violence committed by the State apparatus against religious activists and figures.

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Cambodia: The shadow of religions in the peace-making process

cambodiaTheravada Buddhism is Cambodia’s dominant religion. For some however, Theravada Buddhism is undoubtedly insufficient in providing peace of mind. As such, these people tend to seek other sources of religious orientation, namely Christianity. Numerous Cambodians have converted to Christianity including some infamous individuals, such as Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, and Im Chaem, former district chief of Preah Net Preah, who was a suspect in Case 004 at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

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Indonesia and India to hold Interfaith Dialogue

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JAKARTA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joko Widodo on Wednesday agreed to organise an interfaith dialogue in Indonesiain early October 2018, which will be followed by a similar dialogue in India next year to promote pluralism and eradicate radicalism.

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Malaysia: Address real issues in interfaith dialogue, religious leaders told

PETALING JAYA: A Christian leader has urged religious leaders to stop ignoring problems experienced by their communities.

Center for Religion and Society director Sivin Kit says religious leaders often don’t want to be seen as ‘compromising’ their own faith.

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