1. In 2015, Amos Yee was charged for engaging in hate
speech against Christians.
2. He had
said “Christians … are … power hungry and malicious but deceive others into
thinking that they are compassionate and kind. Their impact and legacy will
ultimately not last as more and more people find out that they are full of
bull….. Similar to the Christian knowledge of the bible, and the work of a
multitude of a priests.”
3. He was
convicted on the charge. He was also convicted on another charge for publishing
an obscene image. He was sentenced to a total of four weeks imprisonment for
2016, Yee was charged again for hate speech, this time against Muslims and
5. He had
said “the Islamics seem to have lots of sand in their vaginas too…. But don’t
mind them, they do after all follow a sky wizard and a pedophile prophet. What
in the world is a ‘moderate muslim’? A f*****g hypocrite that’s what!……. With
all due respect, Christians, you can shove that faith up your ass. Faith!
Faith! I’d be damned at this retardation of humanity. F**k you, Christian shits”
pleaded guilty to the charges, and was sentenced to six weeks imprisonment and
a fine of $2000.
7. He was
represented by counsel in both the 2015 and 2016 proceedings.
had engaged in hate speech against Christians and Muslims.
9. The US
adopts a different standard, and allows some such hate speech under the rubric
of freedom of speech.
10. The US
for example, in the name of freedom of speech, allows the burning of the Quran .
takes a very different approach. Anyone who engages in hate speech or attempts
to burn the Quran, Bible, or any religious text in Singapore, will be arrested
12. The US
Department of Homeland Security had opposed Yee’s asylum application, on the
basis that Yee had been legitimately prosecuted.
13. It is
the prerogative of the US to take in such people who engage in hate speech.
There are many more such people, around the world, who deliberately engage in
hate speech, and who may be prosecuted. Some of them, will no doubt take note
of the US approach, and consider applying for asylum in the US.