My research into the events that led to the Operation Spectrum crackdown and the arrest of 16 people, among them church workers and professionals, did not turn up anything sinister. Why did the Church not stand up to these charges? Those I spoke to said Archbishop Gregory Yong did not want the arrests to polarise the Church and cause divisions and disunity. Twenty-five years later, his successor Archbishop Nicholas Chia faced a similar dilemma when he first supported a rally (staged on the anniversary of the crackdown) calling for the abolition of the Internal Security Act (which allows for indefinite detention without trial) and then — following a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean — withdrew his support. Chia said he did so, in the interests of social harmony. I wish they had more gumption as leaders.