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Modern-day Damasos: Pro-RH Bill Leftists, Filipino Freefarters and their Mindless Cohorts

November 24, 2010
The modern-day Damasos...

The modern-day Damasos...

Today’s Damasos are these pro-RH bill people who call on the government to make the state the benevolent provider of people’s needs. The kind of theocracy during Rizal’s time gave the state the power to rule people’s lives in the name of God and revelations. However, the kind of creeping fascism or dictatorship that we have today is being supported by the modern-day Damasos who seek to impose their will on others.

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The context of Jose Rizal’s Padre Damaso no longer applies to the Catholic priests of today simply because they no longer enjoy the kind of absolute political and civil powers exercised by “fat friars” over a century ago. Political Catholicism is already a thing of the past due to the concept of separation of church and state we borrowed from the Americans. So the question now is:  Who are the modern-day Damasos?

To answer this question, it is important to understand the proper context of Rizal’s magnum opus, Noli Me Tangere, and his characterization of Padre Damaso, one of the main characters of the classic novel.

In his column, Antonio J. Montalvan II, opinion writer of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, described Damaso as “the quintessential schemer, a liar who was corrupt and adulterous, abusing his self-imposed, enlarged clerical power to exact vendetta.” His opinion piece titled “Damaso at the end of the day” is apparently a reaction to the theatrical stunt performed by a misguided and mindless Reproductive Health bill supporter named Carlos Celdran. Montalban made a very accurate observation of Caldran who now faces a legal suit filed by the Catholic priests for offending “religious feelings”, saying the pro-population control tour guide “was clever but his interpretation was, sadly, very literal.” “It is as if the world has not post-modernized after more than a hundred years of the “Noli”, he added.

I fully agree with Montalban’s analysis of the context of Rizal’s Damaso, who represents “very much real and existent in the fleshCarlos Celdran today, but not necessarily among the clerics”.  “There are Damasos in media, and there truly are Damasos in government. The Damasos constitute a legion among our politicians. Celdran certainly missed the metaphor of Rizal’s parody,” he said. Anyone who read Rizal’s Noli understands that Damaso is expert at deception. So who among the parties in this RH bill debate use deception to advance their political cause?

Montalban wrote:

The Church should not meddle in government? Damaso was hardly the yardstick for that. He lost his moral ascendancy as a perpetrator of colonial abuses, among which were deception and hypocrisy. As pro-life and anti-death advocate, the Church has the responsibility to safeguard the tenets of the faith, which politicians should not leave at the doorstep of their houses when they go to Congress or Malacañang. The Church as a domain of faith is not limited to territorial boundaries. Faith is a sea without shores. The bedroom is part of the Church. Which the hypocrite Damaso denied, hence his dalliances that brought forth the tragic Maria Clara.

Media was in a frenzy over the Celdran performance. “Strictly Politics” of Pia Hontiveros at ANC joined the “fray of friars”—unfortunate for an intelligently straightforward talk show that had once outwitted an unguarded Erap Estrada into admitting that he indeed had signed the bank transfer for Jose Velarde a foot away from Clarissa Ocampo. That was a feat for the probing Hontiveros. That was history at its best.

Those who call the anti-RH bill Catholic clerics “Damaso” simply don’t know what they’re talking about. The failure of these pro-population control people to understand the context of Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere and the book’s villainous character, Damaso, reveals their inability to form logical, valid concepts. Rizal’s most famous novel depicts the political climate of his time when Catholic friars held tremendous political power at their disposal while Damaso, a quintessential schemer and a liar, shows how a greedy power-broker or a power-luster, who seeks to impose his political will on others, destroys the moral fabric of a society.

Socialists and Freefarters? Hmmm... That really stinks as hell!

Socialists and Freefarters? Hmmm... That really stinks as hell!

Today’s Damasos are these pro-RH bill people who call on the government to make the state the benevolent provider of people’s needs. The kind of theocracy during Rizal’s time gave the state the power to rule people’s lives in the name of God and revelations. However, the kind of creeping fascism or dictatorship that we have today is being supported by the modern-day Damasos who seek to impose their will on others. According to these real-world Damasos, the government must provide the people, especially the poor, with their needs at the expense of other people, especially the businessmen and health care providers who would be immolated and sacrificed in the name of the common good.

Who use deception, propaganda and outright physical force to advance their own agenda? Take for example this very recent incident wherein the pro-RH bill socialists and Filipino Freefarters attempted to disrupt a peaceful gathering of anti-RH bill Catholics inside the Manila Cathedral. At the end of the day, these pro-RH bill fanatics accused the opposing camp of harassment and intimidation.

However, the facts of the case show that it is the socialists and the Filipino Freefarters who stormed the event even though they’re aware of the fact that they espouse a different point of view. It is these pro-RH bill lunatics who provoked the other party in order to put them in bad light. What they did is indefensible. What they did simply shows the mark of a modern-day Damaso. Yes, these mindless socialists and Freefarters have all the trappings of the fictional Padre Damaso.

  • NOTE: I don’t share the Catholic, religious arguments against the RH bill. I offer a secularist view founded on reason, objective law and the nature and rights of man. Check the anti-RH bill blog articles HERE.
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13 Comments leave one →
  1. xyxy permalink
    November 24, 2010 3:38

    I’ve got to admit though that the line “You should tell your mother that she should have aborted you!” reminds me of the troll who used to come here.

    • November 24, 2010 3:38

      That’s why I said that Hitler and Goebbels would have been proud. The leftists and FF got what they wanted. They won’t disrupt a gathering of religious people who oppose RHB for nothing. Go to their site and read how they try to maintain their position that they were attacked and harassed. It’s purely the case of the victimizer playing the victim. I don’t know how to describe the mentality and behavior of these people. I never thought of doing the same thing against the pro-RHB people. What they did is purely evil. It’s unethical, immoral, irrational! It shows what kind of creatures they are. Just imagine if they did the same thing to us. Suppose I and my friends have this anti-RHB gathering and the pro-RHB lunatics try to disrupt or debate us. We would do the same thing. We’d shoo them away like wild mammals.

  2. AmWasp permalink
    November 24, 2010 3:38

    I don’t get this pro-rh mob. They keep on yelling about pro-choice, i mean, even without this bill everyone is still capable of choice. Contraceptives are not banned, i can even buy one across the street. If they think population is a problem, then don’t procreate, put a stop on their own lineage, why need to make people believe their fantasies? their imagination is at its best when confined inside their own head. They keep on lying on statistics, on issues. Population is not the problem, its the government system, its the mismanagement of economic affairs. Yes, it is an old problem. Have it solved first. Don’t blame it on population, because so far it is our population that saved us from going to recession.
    During an event of pro-rh advocates, I saw their banner. It says “Pro-RH, Pro-God”…really? they don’t have a concept of God. What is their god? who?. They should change it to Pro-GOVernment. It’s just that it lacks appeal, but at least it is real.
    I have some pro-rh friends. They are soo into talking about their support, the advantages of less population. But they only talk the loudest if they are with people with same views. When I tried to talk about it, they shrugged me off and said, let’s not talk about it..one of my friends who’s already married for 2 years was blabbing on her frustration because she is incapable of conceiving, i was thinking, how ironic, she wants depopulation but she doesn’t want to be the one being depopulated. If it weren’t for my humanity, I’d be laughing at her face.

    • November 24, 2010 3:38

      “Contraceptives are not banned, i can even buy one across the street. If they think population is a problem, then don’t procreate, put a stop on their own lineage, why need to make people believe their fantasies?”

      Precisely! They refuse to see that, because they want the government to be our benevolent provider. They want nanny statism in the Philippines. Most European countries tried nanny statism and they failed. Well, the only difference is that these European countries had the “wealth” and “money” when they implemented welfare statism until they went bankrupt. Now, European countries like Great Britain, Sweden, France, among others are trying to cut their spending. That’s why there were riots in France after the Sarkozy government realized that it could no longer afford to pay for its welfare state programs like universal health care, etc.

      What do we have in the first place? NOTHING! We have huge budget deficit and huge foreign debt. Where will the government get the money to finance this RH madness? Well, they have businessmen and health care providers to VICTIMIZE… But soon they will run out of money and VICTIMS… If these people are not intellectually bankrupt, then I think they’re all INSANE!

  3. barefoot_cinderella permalink
    November 18, 2011 3:38

    just a bit of input.. the concept of separation of church and state can even be traced to the bible “Render to caesar what is caesar’s and render to God what is God’s”

  4. Ethan permalink
    November 18, 2011 3:38

    “Those who call the pro-RH bill Catholic clerics “Damaso” simply don’t know what they’re talking about.”

    Shouldn’t it be “Those who call the anti-RH bill Catholic clerics…?”

    • November 19, 2011 3:38

      You’re right. Thanks for the correction.

  5. Skeptic permalink
    March 21, 2012 3:38

    Some points I would like to leave.

    1. There exists the dangerous wordplay of the term Damaso. First, the defense of the anti-RH Bill advocates and responds with being apologetic. Second, they use the term for a second time on a different context without warrant on the pro-RH bill advocates. Which confuses the term damaso. Another, is the defining of damaso into a whole new level.

    2. The Filipino Freethinkers is criticized with being too literal. This maybe true but a re-enactment of Noli is a great reminder to those who have previously read on who is Damaso.

    3. Quote: Celdran certainly missed the metaphor of Rizal’s parody,” he said. Anyone who read Rizal’s Noli understands that Damaso is expert at deception.

    Unquote: This assumes that everyone knows or is an expert in Noli to infer the conclusion siding with the opinion writer.But a warning, literature has been for most of its time subjective on interpretations.

    4. The paragraph with the Montalban comment… well, I do not know what the hell is being talked about there. Especially with the first paragraph. Are they being apologetic?

    5. They are explicitly separating friars and damaso. The attempt is worthwhile but is futile.

    6. offending ‘religious feelings’: What does that mean? Blasphemy? From what I know, blasphemy is a right or if not then what?

    7. Quote: Today’s Damasos are these pro-RH bill people who call on the government to make the state the benevolent provider of people’s needs. The kind of theocracy during Rizal’s time gave the state the power to rule people’s lives in the name of God and revelations.

    Unquote: A very problematic statement.

    8. Quote: Who use deception, propaganda and outright physical force to advance their own agenda?

    Unquote: Can’t say. Have too look for facts first before value-judgments.

    • March 21, 2012 3:38

      What are you talking about? You seem to have a very big problem in expressing your thoughts in SIMPLE English. Organize your thoughts and be very mindful about your choice of words. Lay down your own counter-arguments. Do not simply assume, context-drop, and equivocate.

  6. J.R.G permalink
    June 14, 2013 3:38

    I adhere to Marxist philosophy and critique. Someone who calls himself a Leftist and supports population control is not a true Marxist but a capitalist hiding in Marxist thought. Marx himself criticized Thomas Malthus, he argued that Malthus solidifies the relation between worker and capitalist as truly oppressive and uses the concept of overpopulation as a capitalist method of further oppressing the proletariat.

    The Malthusian theory is a way for factory owners to further oppress the proletariat. Malthus suggested lowering the wages to subsistence level, long work hours, war, famine, and eventually population control.

    • Paul "Pogi" Santos permalink
      June 16, 2013 3:38

      Are you trying to say that only Marxism is true form of socialism? Do you really believe Marx invented socialism?

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