Singapore Leader Says Religious Proselytizing Threatens Stability

SINGAPORE (AP) - Singapore's prime minister has warned in his National Day speech that "aggressive preaching" by religious groups and attempts to convert others threaten the city-state's stability.

Lee Hsien Loong, a Buddhist by birth, said yesterday that his education at the island's Catholic High School was an example of how different religions can coexist peacefully.

But he warned that if "you push your religion on others, you cause nuisance and offense."

Lee cited the case of a Christian couple jailed earlier this year for distributing religious pamphlets deemed offensive to other faiths, and he condemned those who try to convert ailing hospital patients "who don't want to be converted."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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