A woman prepares a lethal cocktail of pharmaceuticals. It’s for her partner’s two children. She had been listening to a sermon just the other day about Isaac, Abraham’s son. God tested Abraham and led him to offer Isaac as a sacrifice.
In our very professional podcast that is also a video, Red, Pepe and Margie talk about Kabataan Party-List Rep. Mong Palatino's withdrawal of HB 6330, or the "Religious Freedom in Government Offices Act."
I would always wonder if answered prayers weren't just coincidences; if the faith I felt wasn't just leveled up wishful thinking; or if the feelings I had for god's presence weren't just that -- feelings.
The familiarity of the Jesus story has anesthetized us from what is at the heart of the ritual. Millions of men, women, and children are moving around a wooden statue of a bloodied victim of torture, capital punishment, and God-sanctioned human sacrifice. The Black Nazarene is an ironic pornographic celebration of violence—the overt violence of the past and the more subtle violence of the present.