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Me in the Media #5: blogosphere (char) [Aug. 30th, 2008|04:13 pm]
Digital Life (Straits Times), 27 June 2006

A 21-year-old blogger, who goes by the nickname Char, is underinvestigation for allegedly flouting the Sedition Act. He publishedcartoons depicting Jesus Christ on his blog that another reader foundto be offensive. Char explains his intentions and KAREN TEE gets otherbloggers' reactions

Char speaks out


'Personally, I do not have issues with Christians per se, despite

having de-converted, now being a


'With that said, I do have to point out that the only people I

meant to offend was, in particular, one individual fundamentalist

Christian, whom I personally felt was an insult upon the name of

his own religion... To FundieP, if you're reading this, I hope you

will be able to look at the face of whatever god you see at the

end of your time, and proudly say 'I have fought the good fight, I

have run the race'.

'And amen to that.'

(The owner of the blog, Gabriel Seah, would like to state that the

views of this post are those of Char's and not his.)

Too much fuss?


'Finally, since many Christians regard proselytism as an important

responsibility, this act of using the sledgehammer of the law to

kill a fly can only set a negative precedent that may limit future

efforts to share our beliefs. I'm not saying that it's

inappropriate for a person to resort to the law to protect what he

believes in and cherishes... but I think there should be a real

threat to beliefs to begin with... Do the publication of

irreverent images constitute a real threat to beliefs - Dodgy.'

More sensitivity please



'The good news (from my perspective) is that I don't think 'Char'

is either Muslim or Malay. I don't think this was a case of a

Muslim trying to get back at Christians for the Danish cartoons

fiasco. But I do support Singapore's use of the Sedition Act

against Char; Muslims and Christians shouldn't have to put up with

derogatory comments and cartoons that blaspheme their faiths.'

For publicity's sake

http://chemgen.blogspot.com/2006/06/all - quiet-on-char-front.html

'The news of Char possibly being bashed with the Sedition Act is

slowly becoming stale in the blogs. I think he made his move too


'It looked like he wanted to rally support for his plight by

publicising his predicament but there was insufficient momentum in

the blogs to elevate him to martyr status just yet.

'The main reason is likely because the police has smartly or

luckily remained relatively silent on the whole matter and no fuel

is given to us bloggers to go amok either way...'