Religious Harmony in Singapore: demanding Pastor Rony Tan’s pound of flesh

Pastor Rony Tan had publicly apologised for his offensive and insensitive comments on Buddhism and Taoism which had been accepted by the parties concerned.

He has shown remorse and contrition, and has urged his church members to show respect to other religions. Offensive online materials are to be removed, and sermons containing objectional content are not to be circulated.

I have no affiliations in any way with his church but I can see that he’s contrite and remorseful as mentioned earlier.

Yet, there are people baying for his blood, calling for his punishment.

In short, they want their pound of flesh.

What purpose does this serve I don’t know.

In the words of a very wise man: “Holding on to anger is like grasping hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

Those with hatred for the man should be mindful that “Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.”

In his overzealousness, the man has made a huge blunder, and has shown remorse and contrition so it behoves us to forgive him as “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that crushed it”.


5 Responses to “Religious Harmony in Singapore: demanding Pastor Rony Tan’s pound of flesh”

  1. I think, forgive or say sorry is nothings, this man(pastor) planning to attack the other religions long times ago, he attacked on Buddhist and he can attack the others religions with easily because the others religions have many holes, he enter(attack).

    Must carefull this kind of person, country also he can destroy. I think Buddha never do him suffer and never say bad to him.

  2. If I am not mistaken, Rony Tan was a band member of Rony and The Echo-Jets in the mid-60s ? Please correct me if I am wrong.

  3. Interesting but I’ve no idea. Anyone can confirm this?

  4. Hi! to Andy and Roger,
    There is a mention of this Rony Tan and the Echo-Jets in
    your guest-post of Staurday 28 March 2009.

    The statement is mentioned at the end of your post
    entitled, “Ronnie and the Burns, Part one”.
    tan wee kiat

  5. Thank you Wee Kiat. Been confirmed by some band friends. He was the vocalist, yes. And the posting too.

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