U.S. Grants 18-year-old Lawbreaker Asylum
So, finally, precocious Singaporean blogger Amos Yee (18) will be able to spread his message of “anarchist communism and ending private property and wage labor.”
“Lee Kuan Yew is finally dead” was among the posts the juvenile delinquent released when Singapore’s founding father (91) passed away on 23 March 2015.
Amos Yee was then 16 and had been regularly attacking Christianity and Islam in his posts using unprintable four-letter words. To him, both Lee and Jesus Christ were “malicious but deceive others into thinking they are both compassionate and kind.”
He was largely ignored by the Singapore government, treating him with kid gloves, but was arrested following his post on Lee Kuan Yew’s death.
After all, there had to be an end to incessant, immature rant against both Islam and Christianity in his own interest as he could have easily become the target of physical attacks in a world that was becoming communally sensitive.
But to the U.S. Immigration Judge who granted Amos Yee asylum yesterday the law-breaker was politically persecuted in Singapore. That shows how intellectually impoverished the liberals and the judiciary in the U.S. are.
Why NO Absolute Freedom for Snowden, Assange, Fischer and More?
If the U.S. is a country that stands by absolute freedom, why is Edward Snowden on the run, now taking refuge in Russia. Why did it hound the greatest ever chess player, late Bobby Fischer, so much that he gave up his American citizenship and settled down in Iceland after hopping from one country to another?
Even whistleblower Julian Assange of WikiLeaks is under house arrest, taking shelter in the Ecuador Embassy in London.
And just what are the travel bans? Aren’t they actions infringing on not that of individual freedom but that of entire nations?
Singapore is not a country to be rattled by publicity-seeking 15-year-olds. As I had argued in a recent post, the fact that Yee was able to escape from Singapore and land in the U.S. is a clear pointer that he was not on the country’s watchlist.
I am a regular blogger with my posts often being critical of politicians, parties and countries. I have argued against some of Singapore’s policies as well, but never with any personal or any other agenda. I merely wear the hat of a critic and seek to advance my thoughts with reason, logic and a sense of responsibility.
I do not think Singapore will crack down on objective criticism.
But the U.S. loves duds, there are millions of them the world over, Uncle Sam. Go get them!
G Joslin Vethakumar