Thursday, 23 April 2015

[Straits Times] Respect others' choices, views

IT SADDENS me that Ikea was put in a spot just for its promotional tie-up, due to protests from gay rights groups ("Ikea working on solution for magic show"; Tuesday and "Ikea to continue with magic show tie-up"; yesterday).
I have nothing against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community; it is their choice and I respect that.
For the same reason, I ask them to respect the choice that others have made.
The LGBT groups do not like others to impose their choices or beliefs on them, then why did they do the very same thing to Ikea, imposing their choices and beliefs?
It is Ikea's right to choose how to conduct its business, including what to promote.
Ikea is merely supporting a show as entertainment to the mass public. During the show, pastor Lawrence Khong does not try to impose his views on LGBT issues on the audience.
Thus, just as we respect the views of LGBT groups, they should also respect the views of others.
John Ng Tian Siong