Religious differences offer valuable opportunity

Moving from religious harmony based on tolerance, to acceptance and mutuality, offers a way forward for national cohesion.

Moving towards religious harmony based on mutuality should be the next big task in Singapore's resilience-building efforts, says the writer.
Moving towards religious harmony based on mutuality should be the next big task in Singapore's resilience-building efforts, says the writer. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

When we say something is tolerated, there is often the sub-text that one needs to put up with something negative.

Hence, religious harmony that is based on tolerance implies that people of one religion will have to submit themselves and suffer in silence when encountering differences in other religions, which they may perceive as the "bad stuff".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 10, 2018, with the headline 'Religious differences offer valuable opportunity'. Subscribe