Atty. Ruphil F. Bañoc, the fearless Cebu lawyer and also opinion columnist of Cebu Daily News provides a thing to advise the Catholic leaders together with followers castigating President Duterte for his “stupid God” word.
He began by stating that keeping up religion in debates drives the exchange to absolutely no end. Even just in college debate topics, students are questioned to never involve God in their rebuttals, since then, the aspect won’t be able to debate. Bañoc pointed out the religious debates in Freedom Parks, as well.
“Let me clarify that if we engage in a religious debate, such topic will have no end. Have you noticed the religious debates at the Freedom Park or anywhere? So we better respect each other’s beliefs.”
Bañoc began to take an insight at the concern at a couple of principles. First, is the lawful aspect in which he asserted that it is the right of people.
“First, on the legal aspect, freedom of religion is a fundamental right enshrined in Article III, Section 5 of the 1987 Constitution.”
Second, is the religious aspect. Where there is certainly an independence to believe along with a freedom to take action in keeping with such belief. He additionally pointed out that the freedom never to believe is also included.
“The freedom of religious profession and worship involves two principles: 1. Freedom to believe, which is absolute, and, 2. Freedom to act in accordance with such belief.
So, whoever your God — Yahweh, Jehovah, Yahshua, Yahweh Elohim, Holy Trinity, Jesus Christ, Allah, Buddha, Ecleo, Rizal, Satan, etcetera — such concept or belief is within the bounds of the law in line with the first principle. It also covers the freedom not to believe.”
Bañoc likewise stated that in claiming that his God is perfect as well as the Catholic God is stupid, Duterte didn’t break any specific laws. His belief, thus, needs to be respected.
“When Duterte said his God is perfect, and he questioned the God of Catholics, following the teaching of creation in relation to the original sin, he has not violated any law. His faith must be respected. He cannot be forced to believe in Buddha, Allah, the God of Catholics, and etcetera.”
From a Catholic’s point of view, he is aware of that what Duterte has done is disrespectful, however he demands, is it as much as necessary to lambast the president?
Because yet people who mocked and also crucified Jesus were forgiven by him, “Forgive them for they do not know what they do.”
If perhaps Jesus forgave, how come the Catholic heads denouncing?
He finished his article with a strong question:
“As sincere Christians who really know the teachings, do you condemn and castigate the president? Don’t you instead pray that he will be forgiven and enlightened?”
Source: Cebu Daily News