TOC: Oops I did it again…

12 Jan

15 days ago I blogged about how TOC should have high journalistic standards especially when it comes to race and religion as ‘it only takes a spark to get a fire going’. Nothing against the work that TOC is doing, we need them as the alternative voice in Singapore otherwise we won’t get any more Face2Face.

Oh wait, let’s be accurate and say that Prof Cherian George reminded us all to be accurate and avoid sensationalizing. So, does any one expect drastic changes in TOC after 15 days?

Before I start, let me state that I am neither a Catholic nor a gay-hater/sympathizer. I don’t believe in god and gays can shove IT where they want., how they want.

Let’s take a look at this TOC Facebook post. TOC, quoting the new article says the Roman Catholic Pope denounced gay marriage as it threatens the future of humanity.

Source: TOC Facebook Like Page

Let’s see the some of the reactions that followed as a result of this posting:

Conflate the issue by bringing out sex with altar boys…

This one called the Pope a bastard…


…and the most ‘creative’, calling a Pope a ROTWEILER…

Action begets a reaction…out comes the gay persecutor…

Luckily, there was a minority moderate voice who tried very hard to let haters and lovers see that they are two sides of the same coin…

Admittedly, a Facebook post is not a full-fledged news article but TOC’s Facebook page does have almost 50,000 likes and postings can easily attract 100++ comments. Would one argue it’s a private page? Hence, if one were a responsible opinion shaper like TOC, one would take a look at the Pope’s speech and at least verify if he did indeed make such a contentious and inflammatory statement.

The Pope’s speech can be read here:

The Pope (boxed area) said, “Among these, pride of the place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman. This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself.”

He certainly did not denounce gay marriage outright but he did lay forth his view that the family based on a union of a man and woman is the fundamental cell of every society. He also reminded Catholics that they should not support polices that were anti-family. Well, fair enough one would say, he was diplomatic in arguing his views and mobilizing his flock. What do you expect the Roman Catholic Pope to say…”go forth and fornicate with whoever u want”…”gay married couples are well-recognized by St Peter when you enter the gate of heaven”…”governments in the world please start recognizing gay marriages so the world can be a better place”?? You must be insane…he is big brother big of the Roman church for Christ sake (literally).

Last month, TOC made an Everest out of a Bukit Timah, lifted Seng Han Thong’s maciam ‘racist’ comment and spark off a barrage of cry wolf comments. All in all, while nothing too adverse came out of this little episode, one really wonders how high TOC would be willing to fly this kite before they lose control of it.

3 Responses to “TOC: Oops I did it again…”

  1. Quotation January 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    “I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art.”
    Khalil Gibran

    Seriously, we have enough hate in the world already. The Catholic church has done many good deeds and there is really nothing honourable in name-calling.

  2. Mikey January 13, 2012 at 12:49 am #

    A very old advertisement of Malay actor drinking stout was posted on the TOC wall just this afternoon and caused some arguments amongst the Malay readers there. I think most of the Chinese ‘relak one korner’.


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