Religious homophobes and bigots alike seems to have found their new Church inside the Commission on Election (Comelec), as it recently released one of the notorious decisions this godforsaken country ever witness right before our very eyes: the rejection of Ang Ladlad for party-list electoral accreditation -a legitimate party-list of of thousands of Filipino lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders pushing for gender equality rights- WHY? — because the Bible and Q’uran said so.
The 8-paged decision signed by two Christian and one Muslim Comelec officials of the 2nd Division detailing how being homosexual is an abomination from the standard of the Bible and Q’uran and therefore any group representing this sector is morally disqualified to join the electoral race in 2010 for being bad influence to Filipino youth. To construct a basis for the rejection they unequivocally quoted Romans 1:26-27 from the New Testament King James Version of 1611:
“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women
did change the natural use into that which is against nature, And likewise
also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one
toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and
receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.”
and from the Q’uran , The Abdullah Yusuf Ali translation of 1938:
“For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women:
ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds.” (7:81)
“and we rained down on them a shower (of brimstone): Then see what
was the end of those who indulged in sin and crime!” (7:84)
“He said: “O my Lord! Help thou me against people who do mischief!” (29:30)
If you think this can’t be a legal document from a government office, then read the whole Comelec decision from HERE.
Where is the wall of separation of Church and State in all this? You might ask. Despite what’s written on our Constitution that, “the separation of Church and State shall be inviolable”, and “No law shall be made respecting an establishment of religion”, what we can learn from this awfully lot man-made tragedy is that GENUINE separation of Church and the State is not automatically given in this country, it is something we should all fight for, and yes, WE WILL FIGHT FOR IT.
The author is not gay but recognized that homophobia and other forms of discrimination are borne out of prejudice and infantile ideology.