Yesterday: Big Dog and Shamsul Yunos appeared in ‘I choose Malaysia‘ full-page ads in all the major newspapers.
Malaysiakini reminded everyone that the two bloggers had sparked the ‘Christian conspiracy’ row last year.
See front page of “Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia” (Malaysiakini’s label in quotes). See “the screaming headline”(Malaysiakini’s description). The Utusan sub-headline reads: ‘Dua laman blog dedah ikrar paderi seluruh negara’, referring to Big Dog and Shamsul’s blogs.
6 May 2011: Jeff Ooi denied Big Dog’s allegations.
Recalling the Utusan coverage, Malaysiakini said it “triggered an uproar among Christian leaders that led to a flurry of police reports and counter-reports”.
As with the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) case, the police investigation was subsequently closed when there was insufficient evidence.
Church as DAP bully pulpit
9 May 2011: Blogger ‘A Voice’ provided an overview of the controversy.
“Is there an authority that administer and monitor to ensure [that Christian] sermon is line with the nation building process and no priests or pastor would agitate the congregation into another crusade?”
Answering his question, we should bear in mind that Hannah Yeoh, for example, preaches in the church circuit. Is there an authority to monitor DAP politicians in church? Nope. See also, ‘Elok Jais, Mais segera pantau kultus (cult)’
Are politician-‘preachers’ agitating the congregation? Yup (c.f. Sibu by-election, Sarawak 2011 state election).
3 Aug 2012: ‘Jais pantau 38 masjid panas‘
‘A Voice’ further noted:
“Such pledge [re: Big Dog’s accusation] could have or could not have occurred but the adversarial and aggressive trend of Christian churches makes such alleged pledges seemed believable.”
“Adversarial and aggressive” — you bet!
‘DAP SuperCyber Bullies’ *
13 May 2012: Raja Petra wrote:
“It is also quite comical when I post articles regarding Christianity and the hard-core Christians suddenly crawl out from the woodwork like maggots feeding on a carcass. From nowhere these Christians would appear and lecture us about how Christianity is a religion of love, how we must love the sinner but hate the sin, how Christianity is a better religion than the other religions because by accepting Jesus your soul is saved, how Jesus died for our sins, and so on.
“Then, these same ‘love the sinner but hate the sin’ people will foam at the mouth and demonstrate hate against anyone who expresses support for the government or criticises the opposition. I suppose you are now going to tell me that all those who posted hate comments are not Christians but Hindus and Buddhists and that this shows what low quality people Hindus and Buddhists are. Or maybe they are Muslims pretending to be Christians?”
Does anyone reckon the Malaysia Today readers posting hate comments are really “low-class” Hindus and Buddhists who for some bizarre reason sound like Christians or “are Muslims pretending to be Christians”?
Perpetual hysteria has its use
4 Aug 2012: Chart (see above) in The Economist notes that the USA is where any view will be greeted with loud support or treated with contemptuous discredit by the majority Christians. Whereas with China’s Buddhists, the attitude is one of “Keep quiet, admire the beautiful temples”.
The values survey – upon which the magazine’s research is based – is illuminating on the behaviour of the DAP evangelical horde versus “quiet” Buddhists locally.
In the same issue, The Economist commented also on the City Harvest Church scandal:
“[The pastor] Mr Kong’s detractors are smug after years of wailing about the evils and excesses of the new mega-churches …”.
The magazine added:
“They [CHC parishioners] seem to have trusted Mr Kong to spend their money in any way he saw fit. … the case has revealed a lack of accountability and transparency at religious organisations.”
(bold emphasis this blogger’s)
Back to May 13: Returning to Raja Petra’s article, he takes to task his readership who “go into a rage and curse, mock and vilify” any opposition critic with the insults “bitch, prostitute, arsehole, bastard, cock-sucker, mother-fucker, and worse”.
How Christian of them. They say their God is Love? And they insist on calling their god Allah?
Raja Petra wrote:
“You have zero tolerance for any opinion that goes against your stand. And you make this known by posting a most foul comment in response to this opinion. There are just not enough words in the English language to enable you to describe how you feel.”
He makes a pertinent point, saying:
“Do you think you can continue to do this and get away with it? Do you think that at one point of time something is not going to break?”
How long more do the evangelical activists think that Malaysians of other religions will continue to buy their protestations of complete innocence and believe in their DUMC excuses?
* “DAP SuperCyber Bully” — see image here