Archive | September, 2009

Belief, non-belief, and homosexuality

I’ve had thoughts such as this one for quite some time now, specifically for few years now. What baffles me is how a lot of our countrymen (and women of course) who are homosexuals seem to let themselves be persecuted by their religion for being such. Of course by religion here I’m referring to Catholicism and Islam, and their denominations. The dilemma, I think, arises when they seek acknowledgment in their respective religions, whereas their religion’s holy scriptures explicitly denounce them outright.

The Bible is littered with verses explicitly condemning homosexuals, even grouping them with thieves, extortioners, and so on:

“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” – 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them” – Leviticus 20:13

And so many more.

sources:

  • Your very own Bible
  • http://bible.org/article/homosexuality-christian-perspective
  • http://www.bible-knowledge.com/Homosexuality-and-the-Bible.html

The Qur’an is not so explicit with homosexuality and how homosexuals should be treated, as the passages below quickly glance over the topic:

Sura 7:80-84: “And Lot, when he said to his people, ‘Do ye approach an abomination which no one in all the world ever anticipated you in? Verily, ye approach men with lust rather than women- nay, ye are a people who exceed.’

Must ye needs lust after men instead of women ? Nay, but ye are folk who act senselessly.

sources:

  • Your local copy of the Qur’an
  • http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/quran/27/index.htm
  • http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_isla1.htm

Of course, the fact that the Qur’an is quite mum about homosexuality does not mean homosexuals aren’t being mistreated. Au contraire, homosexuals are quite persecuted, based on their sexuality, amidst the more tolerant take of the Qur’an on homosexuals, relative to the Bible (see 3rd source above).

In fact, I could probably go so far as to say that a significant number of homosexuals in the country are quite religious, even fanatical. They appeal to their local churches to be able to take part in fiestas and such. How I wish that they’d reconsider and rethink their position regarding their belief. If only they’d realize that non-belief offers a serenity in mind, heart, and so on regarding their sexuality, which the Bible, the Qur’an, nor their followers can barely provide. One would think that non-believers would immediately acquire the support of a significant number of the homosexual population, given that both 1) were/are being persecuted by a largely religious society 2) holy scriptures both group them together as sinners. Unfortunately that isn’t the case, I’m thinking. It would be a pleasant surprise though if I were proven wrong.

Finally, one could also say that these things happen to homosexual believers, since apart from their sexuality, they’re no different from the average joe who believes in Creation and a stalker god in the sky. If that is so, then all the more reason to let them realize they have a better option or alternative.

Qur’an

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Typhoon Ondoy and Filipino Freethought

As of this posting, over 140 have died as a result of the the torrential downpour that Typhoon Ondoy (International name Ketsana) has caused on the island of Luzon (Northern Philippines). Many others have been displaced and it has certainly hit home – there are Filipino Freethinkers who have lost a significant sum of what they’ve worked for over the years.

We all feel deeply sorry and helpless for the loss of life and the prospects of even worse weather to come. But we can all make a difference if we choose to. There are plenty of avenues to give our extra resources, time and talents to help those in need.

Philippine Aid is accepting donations via Paypal. This is an effort initiated by a Filipino blogger – Mikey Villar. The operations are largely secular and not tinged with the slightest hint of sectarian ulterior motives. All donations will be forwarded to the Philippine National Red Cross. The PNRC currently can’t accommodate Paypal contributions so this is the next best thing.

You may also volunteer at the Philippine Red Cross, ABS-CBN, GMA or any school that is nearest your area that are setting up their own relief missions. Starbucks, Fitness First and McDonald’s branches have also agreed to be designated drop-off spots for relief goods (canned goods, drinking water, bread and toiletries).

You may also use your cellular phone to donate. Just text RED <amount> to 2899 for Globe. You donate 10,20, 50, 100 or 300 pesos at a time. The transaction fee of 1.00 has already been waived for this service.

We may have different beliefs, but we are one with the rest of the Philippines in light of this tragedy. Two hands helping trumps a thousand clasped in prayer

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Spare the Rod and SAVE the Child

He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.
— Proverbs 13:24

Withhold not correction from a child: for if thou strike him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and deliver his soul from hell.
— Proverbs 23:13-14

Humanism in your world has been created by satan. You will bring back the adages of old of: Spare the rod, and you will spoil the child. Discipline must be returned to the homes.
— St. Joachim, July 25, 1973

Children who are spanked have lower IQs than those who aren’t. This finding was presented by Murray Straus, a professor at University of New Hampshire, at the 14th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, in California. “How often parents spanked made a difference,” said Straus. “The more spanking the, the slower the development of the child’s mental ability. But even small amounts of spanking made a difference.”

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Book Review : The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

While everyone’s all agog over Dan Brown’s new thriller, this new gem of a book, also hot off the presses, has also quietly reached our shores in hopes of enlightening more than a few eager minds. And as you may have read before on this site, our generous sponsors are giving away two copies of this book:  http://filipinofreethinkers.org/2009/09/18/the-filipino-freethinker-and-wtf/

If you guys want to know what’s in store in Dawkin’s new book, read on:

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Sept. Meetup 3: Anticipated Blasphemy Day Celebration

Date: Sunday, September 27, 2009
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Starbucks (near cinemas) at Shangrila Mall

Meetup Agenda:

1. Anticipated Blasphemy Day Celebration
2. FF Forum 3/Film Festival
3. Informal club organization
4. Relevant issues and current events
5. New member introductions
6. Separation of Church and State Podcast

RSVP

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Public Relations Pluralism Rays

Philippines 2020

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Proper Church Attire

Proper Church Attire

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Dogmath

Dogmath

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Liars and Friars

According to research from the University of Toronto and the University of California, San Diego, parents are liars. Not only are they liars, but they are hypocrites, too, as even those who promote telling the truth in one sentence can lie quite easily in the next one.

Granted, the lying is usually done to get children to do something good or avoid something bad. A white lie, yes, but a lie nonetheless.

This practice is referred to as “parenting by lying.” Hmm. Gaining compliance with blatant lies, empty threats, and fantastic promises? Sounds more like “religion.”

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It's Just You

It's just you

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The Two Commandments

Two Commandments of the Constitution

Obey or go to Hell.

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Speak Now!

vidal arroyo separation

And Speak Here!

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Filipinos for Secular Government

“The separation of Church and State shall be inviolable.”
— Article 2, section 6 of the Philippine Constitution

“No law shall be made respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof… No religious test shall be required for the exercise of civil or political rights.”
— Article 3, section 5 of the Philippine Constitution

separation of church and stateIn the Philippines, the separation of church and state is in danger.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) continues to meddle in politics, most recently with their blackmail of politicians who support the Reproductive Health Bill.

Not only do they impede reproductive education, they set it back by spreading unfounded lies and misinformation.

The CBCP has also opposed the Magna Carta of Women, which has recently been endangered by another religious group, the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP).

The CEAP wants to exempt Catholic schools from a provision that protects the rights of unwed mothers from discrimination.

The Filipinos for Secular Government group was formed for those who have had enough of the Church interfering in matters of the State.

If these priests want to influence the government let them run for public office. But until they do, let us remind them to keep out of it.

Please support us by joining our Facebook group and inviting others to join as well. Let’s keep Church and State separate!

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The Filipino Freethinker and WTF!

Pastor Red blessing a copy of the New Testament

We’ve got two extra copies of the New Testament to give away, totally free. Interested? Of course you are.
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