Today’s news about the radicalised Malaysian man and his Singaporean wife, an Islamic religious teacher, again, presents the threats of extremist content available on the internet. These individuals go online
to deepen their spiritual knowledge but fall prey to groups that promote violent extremism. According to experts, the COVID-19 pandemic may increase the spread of extremist ideologies, as people spend more time online with less physical interaction.
There is a dire need for worldwide religious communities to strengthen their digital presence. Efforts to promote peace must evolve as we continue to battle with new media threats that exploit religion to cause disharmony. Online content that educates about interfaith harmony has to be amplified towards different segments of the population.
In this regard, the IRO regularly works with faith groups in Singapore to promote inter-religious knowledge through its website and social media.
Through a digital initiative, We The People of Singapore, and an omni-channel program, Harmony of Faiths Singapore, the IRO has been doing its part to raise proper understanding about religions in Singapore.
The IRO urges everyone to contribute towards such initiatives that aim to safeguard our religious harmony.
For more information about IRO’s efforts to promote interfaith harmony, please visit www.iro.sg
ABOUT INTER-RELIGIOUS ORGANISATION SINGAPORE
The Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore (IRO) was founded in 1949 with the objective to promote inter-religious harmony among the various religious groups in Singapore.
Ten (10) religions are represented in the IRO; Hindu, Jewish, Zoroastrian, Buddhist, Taoist, Jain, Christian, Islam, Sikh and Baha’i. A unique rotating annual presidency among the ten religions ensures that all member religions are given an equal opportunity to lead the IRO’s long-term efforts. For more information visit www.iro.sg