|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...'