‘Nefarious’ video takes archbishop’s words out of context

A Catholic lawyers’ group has condemned what it called a “nefarious” video posted online containing parts of a speech by Archbishop Julian Leow from 2014, which they said was taken out of context.

May 01, 2021

PETALING JAYA: A Catholic lawyers’ group has condemned what it  called a “nefarious” video posted  online containing parts of a speech  by Archbishop Julian Leow from  2014, which they said was taken  out of context.

The Facebook post, uploaded on  a page called the “Hud-Hud Crew”,  claimed that in the four-minute video, Leow spoke of his 25-year plan  against Muslims.

The post, titled Rahsia Besar:  Rakaman Perancangan 25 Tahun  Archbishop Katolik Kuala Lumpur  Untuk Rebus Orang Islam Seperti  Merebus Katak, claimed that Leow  had used an analogy of boiling  frogs to describe his plan to pressure Muslims in the country.

It also alleged that the archbishop  had “admitted” that the issue on the  use of the word “Allah” was part of  this 25-year plan.

The post said the video was  passed to the “Hud-Hud Crew”  by anonymous members of the  Church, who supposedly wanted  to thwart Archbishop Leow’s plan  since they believed it would cause  a rift between Muslims and Christians in the country.

It had also included the hashtag  “#RebusUmatIslam” or #BoiltheMuslims.

In a statement on Apr 27, Catholic Lawyers’ Society Kuala Lumpur  (CLS) president Godfrey Thomas  Fernandez said the video was taken  out of context with the intention of  threatening religious peace and harmony enjoyed by people of different faiths in the country.

“To protect the sanctity of the  Catholic Church in Malaysia and  for the personal protection of His  Grace Archbishop Julian Leow,  the CLS calls upon the relevant  authorities to investigate the video  in question, the owner of the Facebook page and the makers of  the incendiary, inflammatory and  derogatory statements on the Facebook page in question for sedition,  criminal intimidation and criminal  defamation.”

Fernandez said the CLS “abhors  hatred and violence towards any  person on the basis of race or religion”.

“The CLS recognises the inherent dignity of every human being  whose rights must be protected  regardless of race, ethnicity or religion.”

He said the society also hoped  for all parties to engage in interreligious cooperation to address issues  that could result in potential conflict  through peaceful dialogue.FMT

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