Comment on the ICC’s Legal “Victory” in Singapore

Comment on the ICC’s Legal “Victory” in Singapore

In early 1999 the ICC touted a legal judgement in Signapore as a great victory for the church. Graham Cluley posted to the usenet newsgroup alt.religion.christian.boston-church on 29 January 1999, presenting the facts in a different light.

      Article: 52212 of alt.religion.christian.boston-church From: [email protected] ("Graham Cluley") Newsgroups: alt.religion.christian.boston-church Subject: Re: Singapore Court Ruling Date: 29 Jan 1999 14:50:40 -0000 Message-ID:   In article , [email protected] (DAnder9518) wrote: > Actually, there may have been a reversed ruling of some sort.  The Singapore ICC appealed.  The appeal judgement came out at the end of  August 1998.  The Singapore ICC sued two newspapers for $1.2 million (US dollars).   After the appeal they ended up being awarded about $28,000 (US dollars).   The appeal ruled that the headlines in the newspapers were unfair, and  that they had reported the Singapore ICC were a cult as fact rather than  as comment.  The Singapore ICC further sued another newspaper for $578,000 (US  dollars).  However, the articles were judged to have been written fairly  and the Singapore ICC were ordered to pay the newspaper's costs.  Furthermore the ICC are misquoting the judge on Aces Online.  Aces Online headlines that "Singapore Supreme Court Rules ICOC Not a Cult  'By Any Stretch of the Imagination'".  In fact this is not true.  The  judge did not say they were not a cult "by any stretch of the  imagination", but his comment was as follows:      "It is apparent that these characteristics listed by Mr Cheong     are those associated with the more notorious dangerous, violent     and destructive cults that surface in the media from time to time     in a dramatic way, such as those led to the Jonestown and Waco     tragedies. As we know the facts, the CCC, of course, cannot by     any stretch of the imagination be equated with such groups."   The ICC are touting this as a great victory.  Hmm.. $28,000 when you ask  for a total of $1.8 million.  I wouldn't call that such a success.  And  that's before you take the costs they'll have to pay the newspaper into  account!  You can read more at http://tolc.org/articles.htm#singapore 

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