Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism (MCCBCHS) wanted what?

On the front page on Tuesday, the daily printed a picture of Jesus Christ holding a cigarette in one hand and a canned drink (which looked like beer) in the other with the quote: “If a person repents his mistakes, heaven awaits him.”

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism has urged the authorities to take action against the paper for hurting the feelings of the Christian community in the country. [Tamil daily says sorry over Jesus pic. The Star. August 23 2007]

If it wants to criticize the paper, go ahead but for MCCBCHS to urge the authority to take action against the paper is for it to forfeit its moral authority to advocate freedom. At the moment, it might be the case that MCCBCHS is only interested in freedom whenever it is in their convenience. That does not differ from the position of religious conservative Muslims.

The picture however was published by mistake:

S.M. Periasamy, general manager of the Tamil-language Makkal Osai, told The Associated Press that the daily published the controversial photo by mistake. [Malaysian paper apologizes for picture of Jesus holding cigarette. International Herald Tribune. August 23 2007]

If it is a genuine mistake, it is up to the paper itself to punish the responsible staff.

7 Responses to “[1345] Of MCCBCHS and free speech”

  1. on 24 Aug 2007 at 00:47 elizabethwong

    well put!

  2. on 24 Aug 2007 at 09:24 sigma

    So are you in favour of those European papers publishing satirical comic strips of the Prophet Muhammad?

    They also claimed freedom of speech in defense for their actions.

    As a non-religious person, I do not have much strong feelings on either of these matters at all.

  3. on 24 Aug 2007 at 13:49 nat

    well, there’s this at least..

  4. on 24 Aug 2007 at 21:15 Hafiz Noor Shams

    Dear Sigma,

    I’m not in favor of publishing those images, caricature of Muhammad or the drawing of Jesus. On purpose or by mistake. But speaking out one’s mind is not a crime.

    The publication is not a reason to start banning, or asking the authority to take action against others for speaking their mind.

  5. on 25 Aug 2007 at 03:48 mob1900

    As a faith council, they should remain apolitical and advise in passive manner with lotsa doses of compassion. I agree fully they should not have urge the Gov to go all Gung-ho over a print mistake. Doesn’t decent apologise amount to anything these days? Do not go ‘tit-for-tat’ with Namewee’s case as the cycle of ‘intolerance’ will keep looping itself and no one wins, not even religions.

    Does our faith endorse these ‘retributions’?

  6. on 25 Aug 2007 at 10:34 Musa

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    Does our faith endorse these ‘retributions’?

    I am not Christian but AFAIK Christianity and Islam allow `retributions’. This is precisely why Prophet Jesus a.s. revealed the Golden Rule as he wanted both Christians and Muslims to remember that “every action as an equal and opposite reaction”.

    Also, if you think retribution is wrong, then why are do Malaysian Christians join the police, military and judiciary? Dato’ Augustine Paul is a devout Christian who judges eventhough some misquote Prophet Jesus a.s. out-of-context as saying “do not judge”. BTW, Prophet Jesus a.s. was saying that to the hypocrites (munafik) who have no right to judge anyone.

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