This whole episode of the Archbishop’s mysterious letters to Function 8 is very amusing.
It starts with, of all people, Alex Au, a well-known gay rights activist who publishes a blog post claiming that his source had informed him that many months back, the Archbishop sent Function 8 an unsolicited letter, giving them moral support. Function 8 then wanted to use this letter in a Hong Lim Park event to say that finally the Church or God has forgiven them for their “sins” in the 1987 Marxist Conspiracy. The Archbishop than retracts the letter, supposedly after having lunch with the DPM and here, according to the great “source” of Alex Au, the Archbishop was arm-twisted to do so.
Then the Archbishop puts out another statement saying that he retracted the letter on his free will after realising that the letter was going to be read out loud and the political implications of the letter being that it will disrupt social harmony. Alex Au then says that Archbishop is basically lying and insinuate again that he is pressured by some shadowy government force to come out with statement (yes another tip-off from his great source). The problem with claiming everything has a conspiracy behind it is that it gets a bit stale after a while. It’s a never-ending spiral; which is why probably the government never wants to give the Marxist people a new hearing; because if the independent panel finds that the Marxist people were guilty as charged … guess what? Yes ….. conspiracy again.
Back to this story … Function 8 and then Maruah (yes it’s that confusing) comes out with statements attacking the Archbishop over this letter and even MHA gets into this statement war by defending the Archbishop and saying that all these people are disrespectful to him. Alex Au goes on a roll chronicling all these statements and basically attacking the Church for caving in to Government pressure.
Even if we ignore the fact that Alex may have some grievances against the Church, he is the champion of LGBT rights in Singapore after all, and the Church whether Catholic or Protestant is not exactly very gay-friendly; the fact remains: who is this great source of his?
From Function 8? Maybe and probably but then how would a source from Function 8 know so much of the Archbishop and his lunch meetings even? A source from the Church? Maybe, but than why would a source from a Church want to do this? How about this possibility? A source that is both close to Function 8 and to the Church? Whisperings in the Church have more or less already narrowed down who could be this great source.
The problem with Alex is that no matter how hard he tries; he cannot be really objective. And probably his “source” knows that too. So in the end, who to believe? The real story is always the simplest, maybe the Archbishop blindly signed on a letter given to him by this Alex Au “source”, found out that it is a problematic letter and got it withdrawn with or without government arm-twisting. The “source” and Function 8 got angry and found someone who is willing to be their champion. And it so happens to be Alex Au.
Splinter in Your Eye, Log in Mine
This quote by Alex Au is golden: “, “I also stand firm, like the great majority of Singaporeans, against any attempt to mix religion with politics, which agenda partly explains why the new guard at AWARE have to resort to stealth”
He should really be careful and aware that stealth is not monopolized by government only; maybe stealth is also being used by this great “source” of his.