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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Okay, it's not a fatwa, and it's not masked, murderous thugs storming your place of business, but...

... the threat of three years jail time must seem awfully daunting to a sixteen year old.

Will we see "Je suis Amos Yee Pang Sang" shirts? will the kid's video rants make him rich, put stress on his current relationships and cause him to end up with a supermodel?

I do hope at least that Archbishop William Goh Seng Chye, who I think would be the local ordinary, will speak up for him.
A Singaporean teenager has been charged and faces up to three years in jail after he criticised the nation’s late founder and Christianity in an online video.
In the eight-minute clip posted on YouTube, 16-year-old Amos Yee Pang Sang said Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister, and Jesus Christ were both “malicious”, among other “insensitive and disparaging” comments.
More than 20 police reports were lodged between 27 March and 29 March in response to the video, which has now been removed from his YouTube channel though copies are still being circulated on social media.
He was arrested on Sunday under the country’s strict hate-speech laws, the same day as the elaborate state funeral for the 91-year-old founder of the nation.

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