Panghuhusga

September 6, 2013 at 9:56 am (My Take)

Negatibo ang tunog ng salitang “panghuhusga” dahil nagpapahiwatig ito ng pagkundena sa pagkatao ng isang tao. Ang pagiging mapanghusga ay hindi mabuting pag-uugali, dahil pinasisinungalingan nito ang katotohanang ang lahat ay binibigyan ng Diyos ng pagkakataong magbago, at ang lahat ay may sari-sariling kakapusan. Walang sinuman ang nagiging mas magaling sa pamamagitan ng paghatol sa kahinaan ng iba. Walang karapatan ang isang lasenggo na hamakin ang isang lulong sa droga dahil sa paniniwalang mas masahol ang pangalawa kaysa sa sarili. Hindi maaaring pintasan ng isang addict sa TV ang isang addict sa sugal, dahil kung iisipin, pareho silang mayroong di mabuting gawi. Walang kahit na sino ang may karapatang humatol sa kapwa sa paraang nagkukulong sa kanila sa imahe ng masamang gawain. Sa madaling salita, hindi mo pwedeng markahan ang iyong kapwa nang hindi ka magkakasala laban sa kanyang dignidad bilang tao, at laban sa Diyos na lumikha sa kanya.

Sa kabilang banda, dapat din maunawaan na ang paghusga ay hindi masama sa kanyang sarili. Ito ay pagdedetermina kung ang isang bagay ay mabuti o masama. Bawat isa ay kailangang matutong humatol ng tama. Ang mga hukom ay naghuhusga; ang mga magulang ay naghuhusga; ang mga guro ay naghuhusga. Lahat ng may kakayahang magkumpara at magsuri ay naghuhusga. Bahagi ito ng ating kalikasan bilang tao, at ito ay mabuti. Nagiging masama lang ang paghatol kung ang hinahatulan natin ay ang tao sa halip na ang kanyang ginagawa. Maaari natin sabihing ang ginagawa ng isang partikular na tao ay masama, pero dapat tayong mag-ingat na matatakan ang ating kapwa bilang masamang tao. Dahil kung tutuusin, lahat tayo ay masama kung ang pagbabasihan ay ang pagsunod o paglabag natin sa batas ng Diyos at sa sarili nating kalikasang tao. Bukod doon, totoo rin na lahat tayo ay likas na mabuti, at kailangan lang nating magtulungan para mapalabas ang kabutihang likas at di mawawala sa atin, bagamat nagagawa itong palubugin, tapakan, at pahinain ng kasamaang naghahari sa mundo.

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Hindi Kami Susunod

May 28, 2013 at 1:49 pm (My Take)

Unti-unting linalason ng gobyerno ang kulturang Filipino sa pamamagitan ng mga propaganda at pagsasabatas na nagmamapuri sa kasamaan at umuusig sa matuwid na daan. Nagsimula sa RH Bill, ngayon naman ay Divorce Bill, at hindi ito dito hihinto. Matagal nang nasa listahan ang abortion at same-sex marriage. Nakahanda na rin ang assisted suicide. Magkakaibang konsepto, iisa ang prinsipyo. Pare-parehong mga tao ang nagtutulak gamit ang iisang pwersa ng kaaway ng Diyos. Iba-iba ang presentasyon, iisa ang destinasyon—kamatayan.

Kontrasepsyon: sumusugpo sa buhay. Diborsyo: sumisira ng buhay. Aborsyon: kumikitil ng buhay. Homosekswal na pagsasama: pumipigil sa buhay. Suicide: tumatapos ng buhay. Satanas kaaway ng buhay, mapangwasak at sinungaling, mamamatay-tao na sa pasimula pa lamang.

Walang pakialam ang kasalukuyang gobyerno kung labag man sa Saligang Batas ang kanilang mga panukala, ang mahalaga ay maipatupad ito. Malamang na hindi rin ito magdadalawang-isip na pakialaman ang letra ng Konstitusyon kahit na labagin nito ang sariling espiritu. Dahil ang mga nabanggit na panukala at batas ay bumabasahan sa diwang maka-Filipino na kinakatawan ng Batas ng Bansa, inaari namin–mga mamamayang may panggalang sa Konstitusyon–na ang aktibong pagsalungat sa mga ito ay isang makabayang obligasyon. At dahil malinaw sa amin, na mga alagad ni Jesucristo, na ang mga ito ay labag sa batas natural, at salungat sa kautusan ng Hari ng sanlibutan, sama-sama namin sasabihin, “Dapat namin sundin ang Diyos, sa halip na mga tao.”

Ginagawa ninyo ang kalooban ng inyong ama. Ginagawa namin ang nakikita namin sa aming Ama.

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“Hindi Lahat ng Filipino ay Katoliko”

May 28, 2013 at 1:46 pm (Commentary, My Take)

Tuwing nagpoprotesta ang mga Katoliko tungkol sa mga panukalang nagbabanta o lumalabag sa kanilang pananampalataya, nagwawalang-bahala sa kanilang pagpapahalaga, at sumusugat sa kanilang konsensya, ang laging sigaw ng kalabang panig ay, “Hindi nila pwedeng i-impose sa iba ang paniniwala nila dahil hindi lahat ng Filipino ay mga Katoliko.” Sa pandinig ng ilan, ito ay napakapraktikal na sagot; pero ang totoo, tuso ito at mapanlinlang. Pinapapaniwala nito ang ignoranteng publiko na ang ginagawa ng mga Katoliko ay isang pagpipilit ng “Katolikong moralidad” sa konsensya ng lahat, at paglabag sa kanilang karapatang mamuhay ayon sa kanilang sariling paniniwala. Pinalalabas nilang pambabraso ang pagtutol na ginagawa ng mga Katoliko, habang ang totoo ay dinidepensahan lang nila ang kanilang sarili mula sa mga pwersa na sila talagang nagtatangkang ipilit sa lahat ang kanilang paniniwala. Ang mga pwersang ito ang totoong nasa opensa. Gusto nilang katayin ang Simbahang Katoliko, at kapag sumisigaw siya ng “injustice”, dahil sa ginagawa sa kanya, ang mabilis na tugon ng kaaway ay “bullying”. Ang katulad nito ay isang kaso kung saan ang isang batang babae ay tinatangkang halayin, at tuwing ipnagtatanggol niya ang sarili ay inaakusahan siya ng kriminal ng kalapastanganan sa nakatatanda, at ang lahat ay sumasang-ayon. Para sa nakatatandang kriminal at sa mga saksi, hindi dapat ipilit sa lahat ang pamantayang moral ng batang biktima dahil hindi lahat ay katulad niya. Kakatwa man, pero ang batang sapilitang pinagagawa ng labag sa kanyang kalooban ay siya ngayong inaakusahan ng pamimilit dahil sa kanyang pagtanggi.

Tila napakalawak at napakalalim ng kadilimang bumabalot sa kaisipan ng ilang mga Filipino, habang ang iba naman ay nananatiling lito at hindi malaman kung paano hahatulan ang mga sitwasyon. Maaaring walang karapatan ang mga Katoliko na ipilit sa iba ang kanilang prinsipyo at paniniwala, pero hindi nangangahulugan na may karaptan ang mga di-Katoliko na pasunurin sila sa mga pamantayang lumalabag sa kanilang pananampalataya. Totoong hindi lahat ng Filipino ay Katoliko, pero sapat na ang katotohanan, na may mga Filipinong Katoliko, para hindi magkaroon ng batas sibil na tumatapak sa karapatan ng mga Katoliko. Hindi na kailangang sabihin pa ang katotohanang pinakamaraming bilang ng mga Filipino ay Katoliko. Walang totoong bisa ang batas na gagamit sa buwis ng mga mamamayang Katoliko para suportahan ang mga programang lumalabag sa kanilang konsensya; ang batas na pumipilit sa isang Katolikong manggagamot na gumawa o magpayo ng isang aktong labag sa kanyang pamantayang moral at propesyonal; ang batas na humihingi sa isang nagpapatrabahong Katoliko na magbigay ng mga partikular na uri ng serbisyo at benepisyo sa kanyang mga manggagawa kahit na ito ay mangahulugan sa kanya ng pagkakasala; dahil ang mga ito ay labag sa kanyang likas at konstitusyunal na karapatan bilang tao at bilang Filipino na mamuhay ng naaayon sa kanyang paniniwalang pangrelihiyon. Hindi lamang ito totoo para sa mga Katoliko kundi sa bawat isang Filipino, dahil sa usaping ito, ang karaptan ng isa ay karapatan ng lahat.

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“Fill the earth and subdue it”

August 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm (My Take)

And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.”-Genesis 1:28-30

Kahit ang pinaka-basic na rule ng grammar ay nami-miss ng mga taong may contraceptive mindset. Sinasabi ng mga makakontraseptibong isip na ang “subdue it” sa bahaging ito ng Biblia ay tumutukoy sa pagkontrol sa bilang ng tao. Ang antecedent ng pronoun na “it” sa pangungusap na, “Fill the earth and subdue it,” ay ang “the earth”. Ginawang tagapamahala ng Diyos ang tao sa buong daigdig. To subdue is to be the one in control of; to be the master of. Malayong-malayo ito sa sinasabi ng iba na ang salitang “subdue” ay ginamit ng Diyos para sabihing dapat magkaroon ng population control.

Bukod doon, nakakalimutan na rin ng mga pro-contraceptives na gumamit ng lohika. Hindi magagawa ng Diyos o ng tao na gawin ang magkasalungat na bagay sa parehong pagkakataon. Sa Tagalog, ang tinatakbo ng kanilang argumento ay magkakaroon ng ganitong resulta: “Punuin ninyo ang mundo pero huwag ninyong hahayaang mapuno ito.” Ano ba talaga Big Brother? Parang ganito din yan: “Magpakarami kayo pero yung tama lang.” Ano yung tama? Two kids?

Ayon din sa passage sa itaas, binigyan ng Diyos ang tao ng sapat nitong mga pangangailangan, lalo na ang pagkain. Nagkulang kaya ng tantya ang Diyos habang ginagawa niya ang yaman ng mundo na kailangan ng tao? Nabigla lang kaya siya nung sinabi niyang punuin ang mundo?

Hindi ko ito isinulat para sabihing walang responsibilidad ang mga magulang na tantyahin at i-provide ang pangangailangan ng pamilya. Isinusulat ko ito para iwasto ang pagkakamaling dulot ng maling kaisipan.

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Do The Filipino Freethinkers Think?

April 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm (Commentary, My Take)

Since the day the Philippine media made a sensation of the word “excommunication”, advocates of the Reproductive Health Bill did not stop running some propaganda making gullible people believe that the Church is threatening and blackmailing them, and that the bishops are against responsible parenthood and family planning. This deception easily got into the minds of those who do not understand the issue, and that exposed their real attitude regarding the Faith.

The first question is, “Do, and did, any Filipino bishop threaten any proponent of the RH Bill of excommunication?” In a September 2010 interview, Bishop Nereo Odchimar said that there is “a possibility” that the Catholic Church would excommunicate President Benigno Aquino if he continues in his intent to distribute contraceptives. When asked by the interviewer about the possibility, the bishop replied, “That is a possibility, but I don’t see right now that it is a proximate possibility.” Odchimar did not initiate the topic; he just answered the question truthfully according to the conditions laid by the Church. The CBCP is actually reluctant to talk about excommunication, since the Constitution alone is enough to make Noynoy realize the unlawfulness of the provisions of the RH Bill, and the bishops are confident that there will be no need for a religious sanction. The president of the Conference said in the same interview, “We don’t want to be confrontational. We want a dialogue.”

These people who use Bishop Odchimar’s statement against the Church are the ones whom the Apostle Peter warned us about: “Be sober and alert because your enemy the devil prowls about like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.” Not that they are necessarily evil, but the devil caught them in his trap and uses them to mislead the faithful.

220px-Celdran_advocacyNow, the so-called Filipino Freethinkers have a campaign entitled, “Excommunicate Me”, trying to convince themselves and others that they are patriotic – like Rizal — and that the Church is against love of one’s country. Their intention and their message are flawed, though. Jose Rizal is not an enemy of the Church. What he had fought against are the abusive friars and civil officials of his time, and not the Holy Church or her laws and doctrines. In his novel entitled, “Noli Me Tangere” (The Social Cancer), he even made a character who was wrongly accused of being an enemy of the Church, a heretic. That person is Don Rafael Ibarra, the father of Crisostomo.

Don Rafael represents those people who were punished because of wrong religious and civil accusations, and that include Rizal himself. His character does not imply that to be a good Filipino means to be anti-Church; it is rather the contrary. To love God is to love one’s country, as the interpretation of the Fourth Commandment expressed. Don Rafael portrays a patriot and a faithful in its correct sense.

These Freethinkers, on the other hand, are antagonistic to the Church because they cannot reconcile themselves with its way of thinking. What is strange, though, is the fact that they profess being members of the same Church and yet they do not understand where it is coming from, what its mission is, and who is its Lord. For if they know the mission of the Church, and who it is serving, they will see why it is opposing the passing of the Reproductive Health Bill. But as their name Freethinkers connotes, they really do not believe anything that they cannot comprehend; and they are having difficulty to arrive at truth because of the very same fact that they are professed freethinkers – a status that is incompatible with being a faithful Catholic.

Quoted below is the so-called Manifesto in Support of Choice signed by the Filipino Freethinkers on November 26, 2010 while they were holding their “Excommunication Party”.

Tonight, we advocates of social justice and free and informed choice, come together in an expression of solidarity towards the passage of the Reproductive Health Bill.
Whereas 
the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has repeatedly imposed its agenda upon the government, in clear violation of the principle of the separation of Church and State;
Whereas
 the CBCP has threatened to withdraw its support of politicians and legislators who endorse the Reproductive Health Bill;
Whereas 
the CBCP and its allies consider Catholics who support the Reproductive Health Bill as “oxymorons”, “dissidents”, and “not real Catholics”;
Whereas 
the CBCP and its allies equate the Reproductive Health Bill to abortion, when nothing in its provisions promotes such;
Whereas
 the CBCP and its allies have knowingly and wilfully disseminated misinformation in their attempt to stop the passage of the Reproductive Health Bill by sowing fear, uncertainty and doubt among its constituents;
Whereas
 the Catholic Church has continued to uphold edicts and dogma that result in bigotry, human suffering and loss of life;
And whereas 
legislators who support the Reproductive Health Bill have remained stalwart in their efforts to combat bigotry, human suffering and loss of life, despite the Catholic church’s threat of excommunication;
We hereby declare
 that if supporting the Reproductive Health Bill means excommunication…
Then excommunicate me!

 Now, what about “Excommunicate Me”? That is an absurd and ignorant statement if you will ask me. No thinking being, whether human, angel or demon, can correctly express such a “request”. To be excommunicated means to be excluded from a society. Everyone’s membership to any society is voluntary – at least, the enjoyment of it, and not necessarily the way they entered. The willful intention to leave that fellowship does not need a punishment to be realized. Nobody, in his right mind, will do a grave crime worthy of exile, just because he wants to leave his country. Therefore, for someone to challenge the government to exile him is talking outside the context. He could just leave the country anytime he wants without the need of putting himself to shame.

We hereby declare that if supporting the Reproductive Health Bill means excommunication…
Then excommunicate me!

They should have just said, “Then so be it.” But this group wants something else. They want attention. They want to be identified with Jose Rizal, as if he would think and do the same. They want to give the impression that supporting the RH Bill is being patriotic, and that to be a good Filipino means defending it. Finally, they want to discredit the Church. But would Rizal promote the idea that the government should supply condoms, pills, IUDs, etc. to couples, whether married or not, and to the youth, who have not yet even reached the right age? Would he condone behaviors such us being disrespectful to parents and to the authorities? Would he counsel the parents to give up their rights to teach their children, and would he tell them that it is alright to disregard each other’s decisions? Would he define the word “responsible” as “being able to manipulate the natural consequence of an action so that one would be able to do everything as he wishes, and for the sake of convenience”?

I have three suggestions for these people. First, that they renounce either their identity as freethinkers or their identity as Catholics, instead of confusing the rest of the faithful whether it is really possible to be like them and be a good disciple of Jesus. And if they would say that they are atheists, then again, it is absurd to say, “Excommunicate me.” Second, that they give their campaign a theme that is not ignorant in nature and appearance such as this one I am talking about. Third, if you really want to be heroes of this country, stop supporting a foreign policy that attempts to bring a foreign culture, and wants to enrich some foreign contraceptives and abortion companies and organizations such as Planned Parenthood and Lucile Packard. Of course, corruption is another story.

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