Are you AWARE email is Evil?

24 Apr

Subject: Email is evil. Evil indeed.
To: Undisclosed recipients and all readers of this blog, oh and to Thio Su Mien
From: Me

Hope this would be a lesson to all. The next time you are intent on orchestrating a pinky-and-the-brain takeover of a local NGO, please be clever enough to hold secret meetings in your homes or in dark alleys behind your church building.

Mass email is a no no and praying for God’s guidance to steer the email to the chosen few is plain wishful thinking. Printing “PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL” on the top really doesn’t do anything as well.

I will reprint the emails in their entirety, or at least as I found them, for posterity sake. Afterall, if you cannot share private and confidential information, life would be too boring.

But first I shall highlight some choice quotes:

Thio Su Mien“Unfortunately, I cannot surface but shall be assisting in the background. I attach the Aware membership application form for your use.”

Surface you did like the proverbial serpent from the ocean depths. And as the sun caught your face, your true form was revealed – feminist mentor arise!

Thio Su Mien“The Aware application form has a section as to who ( if any) told you about Aware. You can just leave it blank”

So how did you become aware of aware? Ermmm …. blank

“Lynn” (to her what I believe to be her cell group) – “be a change agent for the Lord in some of the recent issues happen in this organization that is not according to the Lord’s principles………..”

I’m not sure if the Lord taught his disciples to conduct a coup d’etat. Let me double check the good book.

“Shawn” of Church of our Saviour mass email out to God knows how (pun utterly intended) – “we are calling on all responsible females to sign up for membership with AWARE immediately, and also to attend this all-important EGM so as to vote against changing the Constitution….. You are made for such a time as this!”

Yes, god created Eve for just such a purpose. Ladies, do you feel all warm inside?

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From: smthio@xxxxxxx.sg
To: stjh21@xxxxxx.sg, Undisclosed-Recipient:
Subject: Re Aware
Attachments AWARE_membership_mail-in_application_form.pdf concerned parents.1.do

PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL

Dear All

Please see Attachments on some recent developments in Aware. Aware is a woman’s organization which conducts comprehensive sexual programmes for girls and it runs this programme in some of the schools. They encourage girls to express their full sexuality and this includes experimenting with other girls. It would be a good idea to join it and change its focus to other problems of women and families.

..Please ask your like-minded friends to join Aware so that you can give the vote to those who wish to be an agent of change for the Lord. They could also contribute to the activities of the oprganization as there is much to be done for women and families in this dowturn of the economy. Unfortunately, I cannot surface but shall be assisting in the background . I attach the Aware membership application form for your use. The Aware application form has a section as to who ( if any) told you about Aware. You can just leave it blank . Please let me know whether you can join and attend the AGM which will be towards the end of March 2009. The fee is $40/ and should be mailed to the Aware Office ( see application form).

Look forward to hearing from you. Please call me. May I have your phone no?

Blessings,
Su Mien

From: lynkl@xxxxxx
To: leonglh@xxxxxx, siowkee16@xxxxxx.sg, shari200@xxxxxx.sg., aikhoons@xxxxx.sg, siuyoong@xxxxx.com, sulilee8@xxxx.com, jesgbf@xxxxx.com, eschan@xxxxx.sg
Subject: Fw: Re Aware
Attachments AWARE_membership_mail-in_application_form.pdf McFarlane v. homosex therapy.htm selected articles (1).pdf

Dear beloved Sis In Christ,
Would like to ask you and your like-minded friends who are believers to join as members of AWARE to cast votes and be a change agent for the Lord in some of the recent issues happen in this organization that is not according to the Lord’s principles………..
Please pray for Lord’s wisdom to pass on this important message as it is confidential……
Thank you.
Lynn.
12/2/09

From: Mervyn xxx
Sent: Sat 4/18/2009 11:59 PM
To: xxxx Xian Jin; FOONG Tai Wei; Adora TAN Su Yan; Eugene TAN Jia Rong; ZHOU Siming
Subject: RE: AWARE – Your Action Needed

Acknowledged. We (Eugene and I) had quite a bit of talk on this issue over dinner today.

Right now we should pray for the COOS members who are being put through scrutiny and invasion of their private lives by the media. Pray that God’s Word will prevail over the values of the world. Homosexuality isn’t God’s design and we pray that those who stand up against it and are discriminated will be delivered.

Praise God for COOS’ stand and He who aids us as we stand firmly upon His Word.

– Merv

Lotsa lessons to learn about how we Christians engage the world and secularism.

From: xxxx Xian Jin
Sent: Saturday, April 18, 2009 11:37 PM
To: FOONG Tai Wei; Adora TAN Su Yan; Mervyn LEE xxx xxx; Eugene TAN Jia Rong; ZHOU Siming
Subject: FW: AWARE – Your Action Needed

Dear friends,

Thanks Tai Wei and Adora for taking an interest in the Aware Elections and how Church of Our Saviour has been embroiled in the controversy in the papers today. The media seems to have taken a strong stance against my church and this email is to update you all on the church’s position, which the senior pastor has kept mum about, but we would be expecting his comments in church tomorrow.

Below is an email sent out by a church staff to members of the church on the need for Christians to rise up and how they can be involved in this issue. Meanwhile, please pray for the church for it could be difficult time for members who are in the spotlight and the church could also be facing some brickbats along the way. Pray for God’s protection and wisdom to see us through.

DG, keeping you in the loop.

Xian Jin

——— Forwarded message ———-
From: Shawn xxx
Date: Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 3:00 PM
Subject: AWARE – Your Action Needed
To:

Dear Friend,

Our nation needs your support and action very urgently!

AWARE is an organization that has existed in Singapore for many years.

It is a non-profit body dedicated to women’s advocacy and gender equality.

They protect women’s rights and help develop women to their fullest potential.

In the last few years, AWARE has aggressively become involved in gay

activism. Many members of their committee are pro-gay. They have even

conducted a sexual education programme in some schools that teach

young people that it is normal and alright to behave homosexually. They

have also screened a lesbian-themed movie Spider Lilies at a Charity Ball.

During this week, AWARE held an election of office bearers. This event saw

many of the pro-gay old guards losing their positions in the committee to new

faces. These new people do not share the values of the pro-gay old guards

and has caused much shock and rage to the latter group.

The pro-gay old guards are retaliating by calling for an Extraordinary General

Meeting where they intend to amend the Constitution to only allow members

who have been with AWARE for more than 2 years, to vote. If this change is

passed, then only the pro-gay old guards and their cohorts will have the

power to do what they want.

To prevent this from happening, we are calling on all responsible females

to sign up for membership with AWARE immediately, and also to attend this

all-important EGM so as to vote against changing the Constitution.

If you are male and have received this petition, please pass it to as many

responsible females as you know and encourage them to sign up for

membership with AWARE so as to vote against any changes to their

Constitution.

The date for the EGM has yet to be announced but it should be soon.

Membership fees are $40 for adult females and $5 for female fulltime students below

the age of 25. Please print the attached softcopy of the membership form,

fill in the details (no need to tell who referred you), mail the form with your cheque.

Singapore is counting on you. Please respond.

You are made for such a time as this!

Pro-Family,

Shawn

________________________________

From: Linda xxx
Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2009 2:21 PM
To: COOS English Church Staff – DL; Derek xxx
Subject: FW: Ps 68:11

Dear Pastor Derek,

The number of members registered on Tuesday night is 13 out of 40 who turned up.

One thing I forgot to mention this morning was the film show Spider Lilies (selected articles attached above)

The school children were told that lesbian lifestyle is okay.

Linda

From: suzanne ho
To: Adeline Koh ; Alice Wong ; Doreen Wong ; Ellen Tan ; Fion Cheok ; Jun Choy —– ; Kit Wan Chan ; Kum Koon Ho ; Lorraine ; Lorrain Loh ; Lynn Tan ; Mac & Percia Lim ; mariam Oey Mei Hoa ; Melissa Poon ; Mun Yee Kong ; Pastor Lee ; Ronald, Sik Lin Cho ; Rose Ong ; Sharon n Paul Lim ; Shirley Lee ; Teck Jee Lee ; Vivian Cheong ; Yi Wah Chan ; Bertie
Sent: Saturday, February 07, 2009 12:00 AM
Subject: FW: Re AWARE

FYI. Please be discreet and selective as to who you want to forward to.

Blessings,
Suzanne

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16 Responses to “Are you AWARE email is Evil?”

  1. soojenn April 24, 2009 at 12:45 pm #

    So they have finally come out to admit what the intention/agenda of taking over Aware as perceived by the old guard and concerned members. The “pirate chief” to coin, Yawning Bread’s description of this whole episode has finally the guts or cheek to appear? why? is it because Ms Lau is now unable to handle this matter anymore without uttering further lies, and hiding the original instigator?

    What a disgrace to Christians in general… making outright lies in public about their intention from the start. Really unimaginable.. lies after lies? Is that what they teach at the COOS, tell lies if it is necessary to protect (hide) your agenda?

    If Thio SM is believing that what she is planning to do is “noble” – to save the world from the gays and the homsexuals, that why hide behind a facade and claim to have no agenda. What type of mentor or role model is she? We can have less of such people without an impact on our society.

    AWARE is a secular organisation for Christ’s sake. Who does she think she is? God Alimighty herself? rendering judgement? Judgement is reserved for the throne of God on judgement day, not some critter like Thio SM.

  2. xtrocious April 24, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

    Insidious – such a large amount of scheming and plotting…

    Makes you wonder who’s the “good” guy and who’s the “bad”…sheesh

  3. unbrandedbreadnbutter April 24, 2009 at 4:23 pm #

    Soojenn – transparency is the key word here. Everything we do in life is guided by our beliefs and dare i say agendas. We are human afterall.

    The Old Guard protected their own agenda but got sloppy and left their front door open.

    The New Guard were driven by their agenda but foolishly closed all of theirs but forgot to draw their window shades.

    Perhaps if they had been open of their affiliations from the start and sort to engender change through dialogue whilst including all old AWARE members, a more amicable outcome could have emerged.

    Ultimately, all – Old and New AWARE – are the losers.

  4. unbrandedbreadnbutter April 24, 2009 at 4:26 pm #

    xtrocious – the scheming and plotting is indeed deplorable.

    The EOGM will indeed be a spectacle.

  5. Ark April 24, 2009 at 9:19 pm #

    Next step should be flushing out ALL external connections of this COOS…particularly if they have stronger backing like closet members in the form of other political figures like MPs and grassroot leaders. The interests of gays and AWARE do not concern me directly, but I know very well that I cannot allow the fundies to take this one.

    • Dr Bernard Cheong April 25, 2009 at 3:33 pm #

      You are correct, no one at COOS will dare speak up against Dr Thio.
      I don’t go to COOS, can’t take the “atmosphere”. I attend New Creation, yes..liberal..but honest. No goody two shoes there. Our pastor drives a BMW 6, and is not “pretending” to be holy. I respect that.

      … be resolved by going after the real threat? Yes. I guess in a society that wants to remain uninvolved, the “real threat” is a combination of those who speak up, manipulate, versus those who just don’t want to get involved. Sigh.

      That’s why these terrible things can happen.

      I am not a quiet guy. And trust me that I will not simply sit and watch.

  6. Dr Bernard Cheong April 25, 2009 at 8:56 am #

    Dear Ark,
    Please don’t start a “witch hunt”. I TOTALLY disagree, and dislike the methods of the new aware team.
    I am TOTALLY not in favor of the way COOS does things, and these emails above are simply terrible. They reek of treachery, subversion etc etc.
    However, my own business partners attend COOS, and they do not support these stupid actions.
    Dr Alan Chin may do so. I don’t.
    But “flushing out”, will hurt innocent people who are on the side of freedom for all folks beliefs.
    Its just my fear.
    Bernard

  7. soojenn April 25, 2009 at 1:46 pm #

    The pastor of COOS appears to be supporting this..

  8. Ark April 25, 2009 at 2:29 pm #

    Dr Cheong,

    If what you say is true, why isn’t anybody that attends the COOS ‘coming out’ to offer dissenting views? except you of course. Maybe they are hesitant to go against their figures of authority, maybe not. Also considering the nature and stance of the COOS, surely you can find a more suitable church, any just as conservative but possibly more intelligent.

    The witchhunt will go on as long as they continue their shady behavior, and it doesn’t have to be carried out by any particular person.
    People will want to know if the likes of these are simply driven by naiveness (thinking that they are save from public scrutiny), or are enjoying the backing from any persons more influential than Thio SM or the pastor. The problem can only be resolved by going after the real threat.

    • Dr Bernard Cheong April 25, 2009 at 3:35 pm #

      Oops..I replied above. But anyway:

      You are correct, no one at COOS will dare speak up against Dr Thio.
      I don’t go to COOS, can’t take the “atmosphere”. I attend New Creation, yes..liberal..but honest. No goody two shoes there. Our pastor drives a BMW 6, and is not “pretending” to be holy. I respect that.

      … be resolved by going after the real threat? Yes. I guess in a society that wants to remain uninvolved, the “real threat” is a combination of those who speak up, manipulate, versus those who just don’t want to get involved. Sigh.

      That’s why these terrible things can happen.

      I am not a quiet guy. And trust me that I will not simply sit and watch.

  9. Jaunty Jabber April 26, 2009 at 2:24 am #

    What the old & new exco did, doing and going to do shall be for us to see and for all to judge. I do not take sides but when I come to know of something that is not right, I shall care to voice out my displeasure.

    Members’ behaviour and conduct will affect the organization. If I see a contradiction of personal doing of any AWARE member that is against that the organization advocates. I would feel that the member need to be removed in order not to contaminate the organization and the rest of the team members.

    If AWARE was setup to protect woman’s welfare, well-being and rights, then why would it allow its member to do things that hurt woman, insult woman, bully woman? For this part, the old team is disappointing.

    Will anyone agree to let a trainer from AWARE for sex education to go to the schools & libraries to give talks to the young, telling them that being faithful in a relationship is a fallacy? As the trainer emphasized that being faithful do not protect one from getting HIV/STD, however using a simple protection (condoms) is more reliable than being faithful?

    How would the teenagers react if they found out that their sex education trainer depends on the use condoms to prevent HIV & STD RATHER THAN to protect oneself based on basic human moral & ethic? Will parents respect AWARE if this is the case?

    It is a let down that the old AWARE contain such a member.

    I posted some other comments at the link below, click it if you wish to read more:

    http://informationreadbyme.blogspot.com/2009/04/old-guards-of-aware-are-buying-votes.html

    Regards

  10. mykel April 29, 2009 at 2:06 am #

    In light of MOE’s clarification on AWARE’s sexuality education programs, it seems that Jaunty Jabber’s comments are nothing more than misplaced jabs that are out to malign:

    http://www.moe.gov.sg/media/forum/2009/04/reply-to-recent-comments-and-c.php

    Some choice quotes:

    “The schools that engaged AWARE found that the content and messages of the sessions conducted were appropriate for their students and adhered to guidelines to respect the values of different religious groups. The schools did not receive any negative feedback from students who attended the workshops and talks or their parents.”

    “In particular, MOE has also not received any complaint from parents or Dr Thio Su Mien, who was reported to have made specific claims about sexuality education in our schools. MOE has contacted Dr Thio Su Mien to seek clarifications and facts to substantiate her claims.”

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