29 Feb '16, 5am

[Mothership] Here’s what S Rajaratnam had to say about religious hysteria, censorship, and religious harmony https://t.co/6THFXIpatc

[Mothership] Here’s what S Rajaratnam had to say about religious hysteria, censorship, and religious harmony https://t.co/6THFXIpatc

Why, it may be asked, am I persisting in what is turning out to be a spirited monologue between me and the censors responsible for banning Nikos Kazantzakis’ The Last Temptation? The banning of a memorable book which the vast majority of Singaporeans have ignored for some 30 years without serious damage to their health and mind is unlikely to bring Singapore crashing down. The worst that can happen, from the censor’s point of view, is that, should the ban be ever lifted, there would be a stampede to borrow or buy the book. The best that can then happen is that, in diligently searching through the novel for the dirty bits that do not exist, many Singaporeans would have, for the first time in their lives, read from cover to cover a masterpiece of modern literature. So my persistance is not over the banning of one book but concern over the cast of mind and motive that led to ...

Full article: http://mothership.sg/2016/02/heres-what-s-rajaratnam-had-...

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