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May 20, 2012

I’m not a Lady Gaga fan, but I strongly believe the international pop superstar has all the right to hold concerts, to sing her spooky songs, or even to offend anybody in this secular society. Whatever happened to that old maxim: “I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”?

I’m actually OFFENDED by these anti-Gaga people’s religious bigotry and intolerance. Yes, I’m offended, too! What they’re doing is a mockery of reason and freedom!

Whether or not Lady Gaga actually intended to offend Christians or Muslims or any religion, I believe that religion must be a private matter. That no one has the right to strip anyone of his/her right to free speech or to action in the name of religion. In a secular society, religion ought to be a personal matter. Worship your own god and you shouldn’t have any business if I don’t believe that such a supernatural entity or energy exists.

If these so-called christians hate Lady Gaga’s songs– or if they really believe her songs contain cryptic satanic messages– then, the solution is very simple. They should just stay at home during the popular singer’s concert. They should ask their friends and family members not to buy her concert tickets. That’s the only solution. Protesting lady gaga and asking the government that she be banned for simply performing her singing career is what’s actually satanic. The christian protesters are simply making her more popular. So, get back home and eat more fortune cookie!

Just imagine if you could just easily ban or prosecute anyone for allegedly mocking your faith or god or religion. You have to properly define ‘offensive actions’. What constitutes ‘offensive’ or ‘blasphemous actions’? If that’s your only way to deal with ‘offensive actions’ or ‘thoughts’, then, what would prevent the politically correct leftists from banning anyone for offending the feelings of the minorities like gays and lesbians? Take, for example, the controversial case of Manny Pacquiao who was recently banned in a popular mall in Los Angeles, California, for his alleged homophobic comments against same-sex marriage. Banning or prosecuting anyone for offending your ‘god’ is no better than the communists’ suppression of thoughts and actions in Soviet Russia, Maoist China, and North Korea.

In a secular society, the rights of individuals is more sacred, more valuable than the imaginary notion of ‘god’. The beauty of secularism is that it respects– or demands the government and people to respect– both religion and irreligion. Secularism guarantees that no one should be persecuted for ‘blasphemy’. Also, it guarantees that no individual should be oppressed for worshipping any idol or any supernatural entity.

Secularism, or the separation of church and state, is that sacred division that ended religious wars and theocracy in the middle ages. So, if the religionists would like to preserve peace and harmony among men, they should stop asking for more religious privileges and powers over the non-believers. Such actions merely encourage the atheistic leftists like the Filipino Freefarters (Freethinkers) to push for their anti-secularism, pro-socialist dogma.

Related news report:

The Philippines is a deeply-religious Catholic majority country and many of the demonstrators Saturday were from the group Biblemode International, whose founder said Lady Gaga’s lyrics were blasphemous.

Baptist preacher Benny Abante, a former member of the Philippine parliament said the song “Judas” mocked Jesus Christ.

“You can’t just say, ‘Okay, I’m an artist, I’ll make an artistic expression’,” Abante told about 300 fellow protesters.

“You stomp on our Lord while saying you’re a fame hooker, you’re a prostitute wench,” he said referring to the lyrics of the song.

In a statement the group called on Philippine President Benigno Aquino to stop the concerts “as this is a direct affront to the moral and religious values that our nation has been known for”.

Aquino spokeswoman Abigail Valte said the national government did not wish to wade into the issue.

The city government has already warned Lady Gaga to refrain from nudity, lewd conduct and blasphemy when her Asian tour reaches the Philippines, and said inspectors will be at the venue to ensure she does not overstep the mark.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 21, 2012 3:38

    Good arguments. I referenced this post in my blog article,

    • May 21, 2012 3:38


  2. Isko ng Agham permalink
    August 20, 2012 3:38

    Biblemode International seems like a nondenominational sort of thing. At least majority of the Catholic clergy had the common sense to keep their mouths shut for once.

  3. Anonymous permalink
    September 1, 2012 3:38

    Your post is kind of ironic. If you claim Lady Gaga has the right to free speech, what more of the protesters? You Ayn Rand fans need to stop clinging on the other extreme end of the spectrum and come to your senses. The world is not just composed of the left and the right. Capitalists and communists try to portray the world as if it’s just simplified – it’s not.

    • September 1, 2012 3:38

      Anonymous, your right to free speech doesn’t give you the right or authority to stifle, limit, destroy that same right of others. Do you understand that? This is not just about Rand; it’s about your ignorance.

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