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Hong Kong’s anti-gay Christian groups are entitled to their views, but so are others in the city

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 June, 2018, 9:33am
UPDATED : Saturday, 30 June, 2018, 9:33am

Your senior culture writer Enid Tsui is spot on with her analysis (“Homophobic censorship of children’s books in Hong Kong libraries a big leap backwards”, June 29). Hong Kong is not a theocracy – everyone, equally, is entitled to their views, but no religious group has any right to foist their interpretation of their religion onto anyone else nor claim the “moral high ground” for themselves, as Mr Roger Wong Wai-ming’s Family School Sexual Orientation Discrimination Ordinance (Sodo) Concern Group seeks to do.

Not so long ago, I was contacted on a gay dating app by a guy who, after a while, told me that he “went to church”. I thought this declaration was a bit odd and unnecessary, and so asked him if his “churchgoing” also meant he joined in anti-gay protests and rallies. He confessed that he did, but didn’t think that using a gay dating app and, at the same time, attending anti-gay rallies was in any way hypocritical.

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He told me that his family made his life torture and that he had to attend these rallies just as an ironclad guarantee of hiding his sexuality from his family. His duty to his family, and his fear of their finding out who he was, had made him unable to understand what hypocrisy means, as well as turning him into an habitual liar. In short, he has been turned into a moral reprobate.

Anti-gay Christian pressure groups or similar organisations should perhaps look at the harm they have done to their own children first before preaching to others about how they should teach and raise theirs.

Lee Faulkner, Lamma