Warning letter to religious teacher was over inflammatory language, not LGBT stance: Islamic regulatory bodies

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06/06/2023

A warning letter was issued to a religious teacher who used inappropriate and inflammatory language to incite hatred and disrespect towards members of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community, said the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) and the Asatizah Recognition Board (ARB). The joint media statement by the authorities on Tuesday (Jun 6) comes after a social media post by the religious teacher on Apr 30 that said “asatizahs who opposed to the LGBT are given warning letters”. The post has been removed. In their statement, MUIS and ARB refuted the claims, adding that the board has never issued any warning letter to a religious teacher, or asatizah, who holds the view that Islam does not condone homosexuality or that same-sex marriage is a sin in Islam.

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