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”.
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