The National Council of Churches of Singapore has issued a strong statement of condemnation of sea anemones (pictured above), because of their asexual, homosexual, and hermaphroditic behaviour. While scientists have found that the creatures are apparently born with these “tendencies”, the NCCS is not convinced. A statement was issued by NCCS and backed up by the Methodist Churches in Singapore as follows: “We consider homosexual acts to be sinful, abhorrent and deviant, whether consensual or not. The NCCS commends the Government on taking a clear, unequivocal and bold stand of neither encouraging nor endorsing a homosexual lifestyle and opposing the presentation of the same as part of a mainstream way of life.”
The NCCS believes that with prayer and counseling, sea anemones can change their sexual orientation, and that it is not a genetic phenomenon. Churches in Singapore support the Government’s decision to retain Section 377A, which proscribes homosexuality with caning and imprisonment. To prevent sea anemones housed at the Singapore Zoo from engaging in such “deviant” acts, Singapore Christian volunteers have agreed to stand watch at the sea anemone exhibit, and turn over any offenders to the police where they can be caned and imprisoned. The NCCS statement said “At the same time, we do not condemn homosexuals as the Bible calls us to hate the sin but love the sinner.” The caning and imprisonment is expected to increase the amount of love in Singapore, and bring more believing anemones to God.