Pastor Yang Tuck Yoong’s Cornerstone Community Church had invited the American Christian personality Lou Engle to speak at a Singapore event in March.
Pastor Yang Tuck Yoong from Cornerstone Community Church (left) with Mufti of Singapore, Dr Fatris Bakaram. (Photo: Justin Ong)
SINGAPORE: A local pastor apologised to Muslim leaders on Wednesday (Apr 4) over alleged anti-Islamic comments made by a foreign Christian preacher in Singapore last month.
Pastor Yang Tuck Yoong is the founder of Cornerstone Community Church, which organised the conference at which American Lou Engle was accused by an online publication of threatening “a Christian-Muslim divide” in his speech. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is investigating these claims and Cornerstone has filed a police report on the article.
Addressing a group of Muslim community leaders which included Singapore’s Mufti, Dr Fatris Bakaram, Mr Yang promised that Mr Engle would not be invited back to Singapore again.
"As a church we do not condone any speech or actions that foster ill will between citizens of our beloved nation," said Pastor Yang.
"We look forward to moving ahead with greater understanding and a fresh appreciation of our role in making Singapore an inclusive and harmonious place for all."
The Mufti said that the apology was sincere and Muslim leaders want to move on and look forward to more constructive and healthy relationships with other religions.