AG has been getting a lot of stick from netizens about its warnings to various netizens. While AG clearly has the law on its side, and is using the light touch rather than a rattan cane, I think it is a PR disaster for the govt and the administration of justice. Even some netizens deploring the AG’s actions tell me that most of the offending comments were looney and fact free. I don’t know as I never read them.
With the above in mind, I hope the AG throws the book at the Faith Community Baptist Church, locks up those responsible, and then throw away the key if the following allegation is false.
In a story on 377A, the BBC reported “The Faith Community Baptist Church said it could not comment to the BBC, citing an order by the Attorney-General’s Chambers.”
Order? What order? I checked around and even AGC insiders are surprised that they issued such an order.
The closest one insider could think of is this media release from AG in January: Sub Judice Reminder on Public Comments for and against the “repeal” of section 377A,Penal Code.
Unless, the church can show that it has received an order from the AG, it should be prosecuted for making AG sound like the secret police of Nazi Germany or the USSR or China: I leave the details of what law to use to the discretion of the AG in his wisdom.
A church purporting to believe in and teach Christian values should not misrepresent the truth or slime “Caesar” (the state) juz because it is convenient and politick to do so. Especially when it knows that its words will be reported round the world, not juz S’pore. And by a respected media organisation that carries int’l credibility: not SPH or MediaCorp.
And this church has form in misrepresenting facts. The same BBC story said: Senior pastor Lawrence Khong of the Faith Community Baptist Church is one vocal advocate against any change in the law.
In his statement when former prime minister Goh Chok Tong was at his church in January, he said that “the repeal of similar laws have led to negative social changes, especially the breakdown of the family as a basic building block and foundation of the society”.
“It takes away the rights of parents over what their children are taught in schools, especially sex education.
“It attacks religious freedom and eventually denies free speech to those who, because of their moral convictions, uphold a different view from that championed by increasingly aggressive homosexual activists,” he added.
Waz the proof of these allegations? Juz look at the USA, UK, Oz and NZ: all have decriminalised homosexuality and what he claims hasn’t happened.
If the AG takes the Faith Community Baptist Church to ask for saying that it cannot comment because of “an order by the Attorney-General’s Chambers”, I’ll be on the AG’s side.