The Catholic Priests have a Right to Influence the Government!
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” – Voltaire
This is a comment on a commenter codenamed Desideriius who wrote the following:
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH BILL IS MUCH LESS EVIL AND WRONG COMPARED TO A CHURCH WHICH MEDDLES WITH POLITICAL AFFAIRS. I am glad P-Noy and Duterte made “excommunication” nonsense.
ENSLAVERY BY RH BILL IS MUCH LESS TO BE DREADED THAN THE SLAVERY OF ROMAN-CATHOLICISM WHOSE SPANISH INQUISITION HAD KILLED 68 MILLION LIVES.
A COUNTRY THAT IS ALWAYS INTERRUPTED BY THE AGENDA OF A CHURCH WILL NOT PROSPER. Most nations colonized by protestant England and protestant America were rich and progressive, such as Australia, India, New Zealand. But countries colonized by Roman-catholicism were poor such as Mexico, Philippines, and other superstitious developing countries.
THIS CHURCH OPPOSES THE RH BILL, BUT HER CONSTITUENTS WERE THE FOREMOST IN VIOLATING IT. Look at some of Spain’s convents in the 1930, aren’t there fetuses, aborted infants by nuns who became pregnants? So you see, they strongly opposed it but the violators are the Roman-catholics. In this matter, the protestants are more disciplined and orderly. This church seeks to be pro-life, but her principles are coercive and brutal. Such hypocrisy is obvious. I do not believe about the purity of that church’s intentions.
LET NOT THE ROMAN-CATHOLIC INSTITUTION REPEAT WHAT SHE DID IN THE PAST, WHEN HER RECORD WAS STAINED WITH BLOODSHED, AND THE NAME OF CHRISTIANITY DISHONOURED BECAUSE OF HER RELIGIOUS KILLINGS OF OTHER CHRISTIAN MINORITIES INCLUDING THE JEWS. Therefore this opposition by her on the RH BILL is nothing but a facade.
Here’s what I said:
First, I’m a rabid atheist and I don’t like what the Church is doing. But I would never allow my atheism to distract my understanding of the concepts of individual rights and freedom. As a freedom loving individual (not an atheist), I believe that the Catholic priests or any religionists have the very right to spread their religious beliefs, defend their faith and doctrines, and even influence the government as long as they don’t initiate the use of force and fraud, and violate objective laws in this country.
What do you think you pro-RH people are doing? Are you not trying to influence the government? Anybody or any group in this country has the right to influence their respective congressman or solon to pass a bill that would say, protect their rights or interests. What is prohibited is when a group of individuals employs the use of force, fraud, or illegal machination (like bribery or the use of indecent favor) to get what it wants. If you think that the Catholic priests have violated any of our laws, then why not lodge a complaint or a case against them?
But you can never claim that these stubborn, hypocritical, meddlesome Catholic priests have breached the “separation of church and state” clause in the Constitution by merely expressing their political or secular views. The priests have the right to express their political, economic, or even personal views just as you have the right to express yours. They even have a right to issue excommunication threats to the President or anyone who goes against their religious doctrines or dogmas. Who’s afraid of excommunication decree? Excommunication, which is totally harmless and ridiculous, is now a thing of the past. It belongs to the Dark Ages when the Pope held absolute political and religious power.
What is your concept of “meddling in political affairs”? When is this “meddling” prohibited by law?
What then is your proposal then to solve this “Catholic” problem?
- Propose a law that would prohibit them from expressing their political views.
- Public condemnation.
- Incarcerate them or lodge a complaint against them.
- Ban religions in the Philippines
Before Nazi Germany’s Adolf Hitler amassed absolute political power, his party, the National-Socialist German Workers’ Party, proposed the following program, which the Nazis religiously and strictly implemented:
“We demand freedom for all religious denominations, provided that they do not endanger the existence of the State or offend the concepts of decency and morality of the Germanic race.”