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I have no experience with Evangelical Christians in Asia but what little I do know falls well in line with those that I am familiar with in the Midwest – Largely criticizing other religions (or non-religions) while being extremely defensive of their own beliefs.
Here are two video clips of the Evangelical Lighthouse mega-church preacher Rony Ta’s intelligent commentary on Buddhist practice and thought and interview of a “saved” Buddhist. Tallying souls for Satan!
Hi my name is John and my silly superstition is Buddhism. What’s yours?
The good Pastor Rony Tan actually apologized for his comments. I do believe that the Singapore Evangelical community is far better than the home-grow ones we have here in thte states. You can’t pull an apology from an American Evangelical with three mules and a crowbar.
“I have received a number of emails from people who have been saddened and hurt by the testimonies of an ex-monk and an ex-nun. I realized that my presentation and comments were wrong and offensive. So I sincerely apologize for my insensitivity towards the Buddhists and Taoists, and solemnly promise that it will never happen again.
When we have received those emails, we immediately removed the video clips from our website. I urge those who have posted those clips on the YouTube to remove them as well.
After reading the frank views from those emails, I was also prompted to tell my members not only to continue to love souls, but also to respect other belief and not to ridicule them in any way, shape or fashion.
Let’s put our goal to build a harmonious Singapore a top priority.”
A few more posts on the topic:
- Rony Tan Badmouths
- Pastors Remarks in Church on Buddhism Draw Flak
- Pastor Rony Tan Demonized Buddhism
- Pastors Comments on Buddhism/Taoism Inappropriate
- Senior Pastor Rony Tan and Buddhism
My Buddha is Pink had a great post on this topic and included this…
What I want to bring to everyone’s attention is a brilliant response written by the National University of Singapore Buddhist Society that was published in the Kent Ridge Common, the student publication at the NUS. It’s an excellent point-by-point retort to what was asserted by the Rev. Rony Tan; brilliant because it was made in the spirit of the Buddha’s teaching found in the Brahmajala Sutta. I strongly urge anyone to read the response, but I particularly suggest those who are new to Buddhism, or who are curious, to read it.