I’m an Atheist and I Oppose the Fascist RH Bill
“Your life belongs to you, and not to the state or to your neighbor. The life of every employer or doctor absolutely, exclusively belongs to him/her. Thus, no one has the right to force or to enslave anyone in this country in the name of anybody or any unknowable entity they call state. No one has the right to force any employer simply because he employs people or he earns more. If that employer goes bankrupt, he and he alone would bear and suffer the consequences of his actions.”
“Are you an atheist?” This is the most common question I got from both of my blog critics and readers ever since I started publishing my anti-reproductive health bill polemics.
The nature of the inquiry itself is mysterious. This one-liner query for sure is loaded with probing doubts and some embedded follow-up questions. The intention of the questioner is not to get a “yes” or “no” answer. He definitely knows that the answer is ‘Yes’, however, he’s being troubled or puzzled by the word “Why”.
I know, such a question— “Are you an atheist”—is suspended, and I know as well that it ends with the word ‘Why’.
Let me complete this puzzling one-liner for the benefit of my future questioners who, I’m guess, would be atheists.
The complete question is: “Are you an atheist— yet you are against the RH bill? Why?”
No, it’s not the nature of the inquiry that I find so amusing and interesting; it’s that big question mark that deeply bothers or puzzles the questioner who must be asking: “Why would an atheist be against a bill being popularly opposed by religionists?”
If it were a cryptic war, I would have easily set up a formidable trap or an effective attack system to beat the other guy. What interests and amuses me is the nature of the dilemma that puzzles the sender of the cryptic signal. It’s his determination, which is a by-product of his ignorance and lack of understanding of reason, to understand the way I think— and where I’m coming from.
However, I find it very much disappointing that these statist atheists do not understand the nature of the RH bill battle. Their question proves their lack of critical thinking skills— their lack of interest in ideas and rational principles. They see reality as an undefined split between black and white. If you’re for or against this measure, then you must be a ________.
Now let me address this puzzling question once and for all. Why is it that I’m against the RH bill despite the fact that the opposing camp is being represented by religionists?
The answer is because I am individual against any form of force and faith— and the RH bill, now euphemistically called Responsible Parenthood Bill, would unleash unjustified, unconstitutional state force against unarmed individuals in this country, and that it is very unfortunate that many Filipinos take it on FAITH! The term “faith” is not only attributed to religionists or cultists; it is what most of these social reproductivists are guilty of.
Faith—or too much faith— in a supernatural being or an unknowable entity could affect the validity of man’s mind. Faith is the central mechanism of religion. This magical word means complete trust or confidence in someone or something. The missing entity here is evidence or proof. When a person takes things on faith, he simply has to believe even in the absence of necessary proof or evidence. Faith is a very powerful word that ruled the Dark Ages. The voice of the Dark Ages- the Pope’s encyclical – preached the virtue of faith. Do not question, the Pope said, believe. Do not resist, obey. Do not seek the truth, your mind is impotent. The Church told its faithful that their reward for religious obedience was waiting beyond their grave. Happiness, enjoyment, and bliss do not belong on earth, they can only be experienced in a place they call ‘heaven.’
However, faith—or too much faith—in the government or state could also negatively impact man’s mind. It makes men dependent on or obedient gangsters of the state— and it is this culture or religion of dependence that is the very source of all evils in any society. Many Filipinos, mostly intellectuals and professionals, dogmatically believe in the government’s power to make public goods and public welfare possible. These modern-day statists, whose rising intellectual leader is former chief justice Reynato S. Puno, blindly believe that it is the proper role of the agents of the state, e.g., the government and its political representatives, to guarantee people’s alleged rights to education, health care, reproductive health care, transport, food, housing, pension, and all forms of welfare services.
If the world is now infested with religious fundamentalists who are willing to commit suicide bombings or any forms of atrocities— if this country now has Catholic and Christian fundamentalists who are determined to call for legal mechanisms to ban the use of contraception and condoms— we also have devout statists who believe it is perfectly moral and practical to sacrifice or immolate some group of people in the name of the poor and the marginalized. The social reproductivists who are mostly clueless intellectuals and professionals have so much faith in the power of the government to solve such social problems as poverty, gender inequality, overpopulation, etc.
The RH bill is an intellectual issue, not a religious issue, and this is what its proponents and blind supporters do not understand. If it were a religious issue, then we should be sending Catholic priests, protestant pastors and Imams to Congress. But it is not. It is an intellectual issue as it covers numerous disciplines and fields, such as philosophy, economics, politics, the law, science, medicine, and religion. Yes, religion is just one of the many ramifications of this issue.
The tragic fact is that the religionists appear to be the leading force against the RH bill, and this shows the worsening level of intellectual bankruptcy in the country today. The irony is that the religionists, led by the Catholic Church, somehow believe that they are the intended victims of this bill. They are not! They are protesting simply because they believe that the measure itself is against the will of their God! And if they had their way, they would also try to pass a legislative proposal that would ban the use of contraception like the village officials of Alabang in Makati city did a few weeks ago. If they had their way, they would also use the power of the state against some group of individuals who don’t subscribe to their religious beliefs.
It is very much disturbing and alarming that the real individual targets of the bill keep their deafening silence and have not mounted any form of protest. In fact, some of them even call for the immediate passage of the measure. Consider the tragic case of some groups of doctors and the 200 medical students at the Ateneo University who uncritically, mindlessly support the bill’s urgent passage. To tell medical students and doctors that it is moral and practical to support the bill is like sending a Jew to a Nazi. The guilty Ateneo professors should be ashamed of their collective mediocrity and ignorance.
The real victims of the RH bill are NOT the religionists; it is the employers, health care providers, and freedom-loving individuals. However, its consequential victims who would suffer great negative consequences are the measure’s primary beneficiaries— the poor and the marginalized women. (Suggested readings: Responsible Parenthood Bill: A Fascist Legislation by Another Name and The Most Needed Victims of Fascist RH Bill: Businessmen and Doctors).
Both Filipino and foreign employers who own small or big business would be forced to provide the RH care needs of their employees. They could be penalized by either fine or imprisonment or both in case they fail or refuse to provide these services to their workers. So under the proposed measure, employers, regardless of the nature, size and economic status of their business, would be forced to serve the welfare of their workers. The bill would authorize the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to directly deal with employers and companies, as if the latter were part of the government or state employees. It also empowers DOLE to issue directives in the furtherance of its new function as guarantor of people’s RH rights.
Based on the tragic experiences of other countries that passed anti-business edicts, the most inevitable consequence of statist measures is economic collapse and devastation. Consider the case of the United States that passed universal health care law, otherwise known as the ObamaCare. Reports say that several companies, mostly politically connected with the Obama administration, and unions, asked for exemption or waiver. Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, who supported the measure now realized that it is hurting small business.
Ideas have consequences. Evil ideas definitely lead to evil consequences. Some Filipinos continue to support the bill simply because they believe there is such no right or wrong in this issue. They perhaps believe that any issue that can potentially affect our rights and freedom is subject to public vote, and if the majority decides, then that makes a proposal or an issue right. Such a mentality is not to be applied in business or in the field of medicine. Look at the most successful companies in the world today. They were not the result of skeptical or no-right-and-wrong mentality. If a doctor followed this so mediocre a state of mind, the life of his patient would be put at great risk.
Should our statist politicians pass the measure, that would signal the end of the country’s free health care and medicine as we know it. Today, doctors still enjoy the freedom they need to properly perform their job and to improve their craft. Nobody tells them how to perform their job, what medicine to prescribe, or whether to advise the use of contraception, ligation, or vasectomy to their patients. Doctors today are free to pursue their work according to their self-interest and rational judgment. But free from whom? From government intervention! However, in the name of the poor, some of our politicians and their mindless civilian supporters would like to put the entire medical industry under state control.
The RH bill empowers the regulators and bureaucrats at the Department of Health to treat hospitals, both public and private, and public and private health care providers as if they were government instrumentalities and workers. Under the bill’s implementing mechanisms, the DOH wouldd have additional power to issue policy programs or rules and regulations so to ensure proper compliance.
On the other hand, the bill also targets freedom-loving individuals. Like any fascist legislative proposal, the RH bill creates a new crime— a mala prohibita— termed as “malicious disinformation” of its intents and provisions. This means that anyone who is deemed engaged in “malicious disinformation” could be penalized perhaps for being against the greater good. But what is this monstrous “malicious disinformation”, which is a product of monstrous Rep. Edcel Lagman’s fascist, mediocre mentality? No proper definition of the crime was provided.
The RH bill is one of the most dangerous bills recently passed in Congress. This is one of the most evil legislative proposals that seeks to violate free speech! Since the proposed crime, “malicious disinformation”, is open to different interpretations, then it means that the author of this blog may be subjected to legal prosecution for merely saying that their measure reeks of the evil stench of fascism, which is the truth!
No one—not even the state—has the right to tell doctors, “give the people what they want or go to jail.” However, there are some group of mediocre people—the social reproductivists—who believe they have the right to enslave and control doctors simply because the latter’s jobs affect their lives and health. If better life and health is the main concern of the social reproductivists, then they need to understand that any competent and esteemed doctor couldn’t work under state control and regulatory edicts. Like any professional or person who engages in a certain profession or vocation, a doctor has all the right and freedom to make decisions and to follow his own conscience. If he regards the use of contraception as against his religious beliefs, then no one has the right to force him to breach his own conscience. This rational principle is applicable to everybody. No one has the right to fine or jail engineers, journalists, or teachers for refusing to accept a job offer unless there is a preexisting contract. No one has the right to force a Muslim to sell pork. This is the real essence of freedom of choice, which is being distorted by Lagman and his ilk. Freedom does not require the use of force and compulsion.
Furthermore, anybody has the right and freedom to help the poor and contribute to what the welfare statists call the greater good without embracing tribal mentality and the morality and social system of cannibals. The forcing of employers and doctors to achieve the common good or public good is neither a win-win situation nor a win-loss situation. It is, in fact and in reality, a loss-loss situation wherein the fall of the intended victim (employers and doctors) would inevitably lead to the fall of the consequential victim (workers and patients).
So why should an atheist like me oppose the RH bill?
The reason why I oppose this bill is neither social nor spiritual. I oppose this fascist measure for the very reason that it is against my self-interest. I may not be an employer or a doctor, but I am an individual who loves life and freedom.
I am against it because I don’t want to live in a society marred by welfare statism, and because I want to speak my mind freely without fear of possible state encroachment.
I am against it because I care for competent and life-saving healthcare, and I believe that a nationalized or semi-state-controlled health care would lead to medical incompetence and disasters.
I am against it because I want to live in a free society wherein businessmen are free to run and manage their own business according to their self-interest. A self-interested businessman won’t starve his own workforce. A businessman who wants to earn more profits and beat his competitors knows that he needs to attract competent workforce by offering them good compensation package, health care and even RH care benefits, bonuses, travels, among others. That is, he relies on sound business judgment, and if he fails, he alone would suffer the consequences of his decisions.
My life belongs to me. Your life belongs to you, and not to the state or to your neighbor. The life of every employer or doctor absolutely, exclusively belongs to him/her. Thus, no one has the right to force or to enslave anyone in this country in the name of anybody or any unknowable entity they call state. No one has the right to force any employer simply because he employs people or he earns more. If that employer goes bankrupt, he and he alone would bear and suffer the consequences of his actions. However, the country’s statists claim that any business or profitable company, which went through years of struggle, automatically becomes part of public domain, by law or by public consensus, simply because it makes money and employs people who are entitled to RH services.
Therefore, let this blog article blast that so mediocre, so ignorant a misconception that this issue is all about religion! The very fact that I wrote and publish it proves that there are men and women in this country who are willing to THINK, and who based their arguments on reason and logic, and not on religion or any socialist/statist ideology or arguments.