Published: 25 March 2017
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 these charges.
4. In 2016, Yee was charged again for hate speech, this time against Muslims and Christians.
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”
6. He 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.
8. Yee 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 .
11. Singapore 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 and charged.
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.