Sunday, February 16, 2014

FCBC's Lawrence Khong Comes Out (as the brains behind the petition)

There's a report stating that Pastor Lawrence Khong from Faith Community Baptist Church is behind the petition against the Health Promotion Board's FAQs on sexuality.

The story was carried, appropriately enough given his mug shot (see the first comment by one Chitpol Siddhirvan on the story), in the Gay Star News.

Khong didn't come out as "Aaron", but hey, he could still come out some day. All we need is a Mike Jones to Ted Haggard personality to come forward and FCBC will be holding a whole new kind of press conference.

Jokes aside, I surfed over to FCBC's Facebook page just to have a look see, and a thought occurred to me.

FCBC is violating Facebook's terms of use.

The specific section that is relevant is Section 3:

3. Safety
We do our best to keep Facebook safe, but we cannot guarantee it. We need your help to keep Facebook safe, which includes the following commitments by you:
6. You will not bully, intimidate or harass any user.
7. You will not post content that: is hate speech, threatening or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.
10. You will not use Facebook to do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory.

I think starting and publicizing a petition that seeks to intimidate a secular government agency from providing objective information on sexuality that helps to save the lives of at-risk LGBT people is malicious and discriminatory.

That's against Facebook's terms of use. So I reported it to Facebook:

If you feel the same way, do the same. Someone who is enjoying a skiing vacation in the USA should completely understand why hate speech isn't condoned on a website started by people in that country.

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