Contempt warning for City Harvest Church pastor – updated*

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Channel NewsAsia reports…

“The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) said on Wednesday (June 11) it will not be taking action against City Harvest Church pastor, Mr Tan Kim Hock, for posting two messages on Twitter that were deemed to have scandalised Singapore’s judiciary system.

“We are satisfied that there has been substantive compliance with the requirements of our warning letter, and will not be taking any further action against Mr Tan Kim Hock,” an AGC spokesman said.

The AGC on June 3 told Mr Tan to remove two tweets and publish an apology on his Twitter account within seven days.  It said one of the tweets had insinuated that the State Courts gave The Straits Times newspaper “preferential and privileged access” to information on whether City Harvest Church leaders involved in an ongoing trial had a case to answer even before the decision was delivered by Judge See Kee Oon.

The tweet further insinuates the State Courts is “biased and unfair”, given that such treatment was not equally accorded to everyone else, the AGC said. It warned that publishing such insinuations could amount to contempt of court.

The second tweet cited the bible verse of Ecclesiastes 3:16. The AGC said the message insinuated that Singapore’s courts are corrupt, including the court hearing the City Harvest Church leaders case.

“AGC takes the view that the insinuations set out in the two tweets are insinuations which scandalise the Judiciary of the Republic of Singapore. These insinuations are scurrilous, false, and made without any objective basis,” it said in the June 3 statement.

An earlier check of Mr Tan’s Twitter account, which has since been set to private, showed both tweets had been removed. He also made reference to one of the tweets deemed objectionable, tweeting: “On 6 May, I tweeted a bible verse. On hindsight, I realise that the tweet may be possibly misinterpreted and I have since removed it.”

The AGC on Wednesday reminded members of the public not to publish comments that “undermine the confidence in the administration of justice in Singapore”, and said it will take appropriate action against anyone committing contempt against the Singapore courts.”



2 thoughts on “Contempt warning for City Harvest Church pastor – updated*

  1. Yep, it’s pretty much about the bad things Christians and especially leaders do.
    So, let’s all be so good that Mr Groupsects has nothing to post! 🙂

    In response you could make a mudslinging website about homosexuals and their crimes. Or you could pray that Mr Groupsects repents!
    Or even start another website about the good news going on in churches.

    But, cleaning off the mud and making sure nothing can stick would probably be a good idea. There’s too much ammo. Come on church….esp you guys running things! Lift your games.


  2. When I look at this blog, it seems to be about mudslinging. It’s all well and good to aggregate news stories about bad things that Christians do, but it’s not offering a corrective. Most thinking Christians are already well aware that the church is in trouble, so there’s nothing earth shattering here either. In any case, I’m nothing without Jesus, and can’t live a life that honours God without His grace. It doesn’t leave much room for pride or feelings of superiority. Maybe you’re not a Christian and you read this blog, and think, “if that’s what Christians are like, then I don’t want to be one.” Actually, even if some Christians are hypocrites, it doesn’t mean you’re off the hook with God. No man or woman has an excuse.


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