Zombie trouble in Singapore
The Straits Times reports that a 21-year-old accounting student, known only by his internet moniker “char”, faces possible sedition charges for posting offensive pictures of Jesus on his website.
The story goes back to February, during the Mo-toons furore, when char got into an online argument with a fundamentalist Christian whom he “pretty much publicly humiliated”. The Christian found char’s blog, which contained this drawing by Jared von Hindeman.
It is not known if the cartoon is a metaphor for the corrosive effect of religion upon reason, or just a picture of Jesus munching on some kid’s brain, but the Christian found it sufficiently offensive to demand that char remove it from his blog. Char responded by posting three more Jesus-themed pieces, and that’s when the police got involved.
Char was arrested, his computers confiscated, and he is now on bail waiting to see whether or not he will be prosecuted. He faces a possible fine of up to $5,000 or a prison term of up to 3 years.
Interestingly, the risen Christ is not the first zombie to feature in the bible. Lazarus was also an ex-corpse, and according to Matthew, the whole of Jerusalem was crawling with the living dead shortly after Jesus breathed his last.
UPDATE (8 July): Char reports that he got off with a police warning.