Why Jessica Zafra fails in her crude attempt to defend ‘LGBT rights’

Jessica Zafra, in her recent Interaksyon.com article Shut the f-ck up, idiots fails to elevate the debate. Sure, perhaps she might feel she is surrounded by idiots who hold supposedly bigoted views about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. However Zafra loses, because she had launched herself into an amusing tililing rampage against them and, in the process, said a lot of things without carefully thinking things through first.

For one thing Zafra presumably addresses Manny Pacquiao telling (presumably) him, “you are [an] insult to your own religion.” She then goes on to point out that “the scripture you quote dates back to a millennium where the tribe had to reproduce as a matter of survival […]”. Well, Ms Zafra, how could Pacquiao who quoted from the very scripture that is the foundation of his very religion have “insulted” his own religion? Pacquiao (presumably) was just being a good and true practitioner of his chosen faith.

Well, that’s what happens when you write an angry article. You just forget to think things through.

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But the real gem of a fallacy in Zafra’s piece is when she wrote that “LGBT rights are human rights. They are not open to debate.” Oh, but they are, Ms Zafra. In modern times everything is open to debate. That is how knowledge evolves. In fact, the only thing not open to debate is the Holy Scripture of a religion — a position one takes if one is a practicing member of said religion, that is.

So then by saying that “LGBT rights” is “not open to debate”, did Ms Zafra just found a new religion?

That simply does not make sense. Even as I write this, “LGBT rights” are being debated by legislative bodies all over the world. Indeed, the fact that same sex marriage remains illegal in the Philippines is proof that this notion is, itself, undergoing the rigours of debate amongst people who have been elected to do just that.

Funny enough, Zafra also is an expert on evolution. Here is Zafra again ehibiting this expertise…

Our species did not go through millions of years of evolution only to surrender to morons. Or do you not recognize Evolution anyway, you dumbass creationists?

Evolution, Ms Zafra, does not follow any particular pre-set purpose. It just is. And it just happens. Random mutation is at the heart of Darwinian evolution. What decides which mutation survives is the environment and the survival and competitive pressures it puts on organisms.

So, Ms Zafra, you’re right. Evolution did not happen only for us to “surrender to morons”. Thing is, it did not happen for us to surrender to geniuses like you either. One way or another, all individual members of our species ended up hard wired in the head and in our physiology to favour one gender or the other — and at the same time be repulsed by one form of sexual practice or the other. It was nothing personal. Those urges — and revulsions — are just products of the evolution you fancy yourself an expert on.

Just as homosexual attraction is a physiological condition, the physical revulsion heterosexual people feel about homosexual sex is also physiological in nature. Does that justify vilifying and discriminating against homosexuals? No, it doesn’t; just as our hardwired instinct to kill people who harm our loved ones does not justify murder. It’s called being a modern human being. But part of being a modern human being is having the brains to also recognise that our reptilian impulses still exist and, more importantly, recognising that pretending they don’t exist or willing them to not exist is plain and simple moronic. What makes us human is our ability to overcome them even as these base instincts exist side-by-side with our uniquely-human reasoning faculties.

Unfortunately, Ms Zafra, you do your cause no favours by writing in the infantile way you do, and on a platform provided by an esteemed media organisation like Interaksyon.com at that. You just become part of the bunch of chattering shills whose cerebral cortices have failed to overcome the urge to say and write what you just wrote here.

If the issue is “not open to debate”, then what’s the point in your writing this piece, Ms Zafra? You ended the conversation even before it got started.

[Photo courtesy Interaksyon.com.]

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Jose Mobo R.
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Whenever a person argues from the point of view of his/her belief of an eternal absolute truth, expect the expected twisting of truth to suit his/her concept of a conceived absolute eternal truth which is the very reason of any religion.

Pepe Rep
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So tell us then, Jose, what is the actual truth?

T
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you did not absorb his point. i pity the fool

Pepe Rep
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*sigh*

Jan Michael
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Beautifully said.

Fred Gonzaga
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“Whenever a person argues from the point of view of his/her belief of an eternal absolute truth, expect the expected twisting of truth to suit his/her concept of a conceived absolute eternal truth which is the very reason of any religion.”

So if there is no absolute truth, how can I even believe your statement to be true?

Jeanne
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Touche, Fred Gonzaga!

Domingo Arong
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benign0 These lines also appear in Zafra’s column: “Oh excuuuuse me, are you holier than your pope? You do know that the scripture you quote dates back to a millennium … Don’t wave your dusty tomes at us, we’ve actually read them and placed them in their proper historical context. Have you?” Zafra must be reminded that the SSM issue is not only about religion, for it also concerns provisions on Marriage and the Family in our laws and the Constitution, among them: — The opening paragraph of Art. 1, Chapter 1, Title I (Marriage) of the Family Code of… Read more »
Ryan
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Uhm, human rights are not subject to debate, no mattee how modern your thinking. That was a very dumb statement. In fact, human rights IS a modern invention, created with the United Nations after World War 2, through the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Prior to that, there are only rights that were given to certain citizens and were subjective and selective. Mabilis lang to igoogle really. The statement that human rights are debatable is archaic because its modern definition is that any human right is inalienable and granted to you upon birth. No one decides if you can… Read more »
emong
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“Uhm, human rights are not subject to debate, no mattee how modern your thinking. That was a very dumb statement..”

There was nothing in there that said human rights is debatable. Read again. And what is your beef with anonymous authors? It’s simple. Either you agree or not. That’s it.

kylelopie
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Uhm yes, there was a part where the writer said human rights are debatable:

“But the real gem of a fallacy in Zafra’s piece is when she wrote that “LGBT rights are human rights. They are not open to debate.” Oh, but they are, Ms Zafra. In modern times everything is open to debate.”

Just setting the records straight. 🙂

emong
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That “LGBT rights are human rights” assertion came from Zafra, not benign0. =)

Setting it straight for you again.

emong
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Here, just in case you post a comeback, take your cue from this passage in the above article and try to understand it better this time:

“Even as I write this, “LGBT rights” are being debated by legislative bodies all over the world. Indeed, the fact that same sex marriage remains illegal in the Philippines is proof that this notion is, itself, undergoing the rigours of debate amongst people who have been elected to do just that…”

765Hyden007Toro9999.999
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Ms. Zafra, please think, before you open your mouth; or write an article about the issue of homosexuality. It is an “incendiary issue”. Please consider , also the people (heterosexuals), on the other side of the issue. They have Rights, also…and they are not morons.

Let us all Tone Down the Rhetoric; and let Civility prevail…we can all present our arguments and rebuttals, without shouting down the other side.

Add
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Well, Ms Zafra, how are you?

Abs
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After the right up, no matter how bad you think your day is, it won’t be as bad as Jessica Zapra’s will be…

Aeta
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Everbody is always trying to attempt something in the Failippines, without thinking of the consequences to others and/or the environment.

Just look at what happened when the Failipinos traded in millions of acres of agri/aquacultural land into condominiums and shopping malls.

The transformation turned Failipinos against each other and destroyed fertile land, while the elites (the Chinese and politicians) laughed at the masses’ predicament all the way to the bank.

Jeanne
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Colonial mentality kasi..

dipshit
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Weird chick, nice cat!

Rickya
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Fail!

Clumsy
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There’s only one verse I can think of to sum up what’s been going on with this cyber civil war:

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Romans 3:10

Aeta
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No one might be rigtheous, but let’s make the effort anyway. Instead, what I see in the Failippines is everyone believes he or she is rigtheous, and no one is trying to do what’s rigth.

T
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Zafra has gone ballistic, churning out an article that is such a disappointment and an embarrassment to people of her intelligence. Another sign that emotion-fueled thinking can even cause great minds into brain-shits such as this.
As for benign0, geez, man, try to be a lot more empathic. This article gives the vibe “i’m better than her”. Take note, “GIVES THE VIBE”, not actually saying it. “Not open for debate” is most likely a euphemism for her conviction on how important lgbt rights mean to her. That is the problem with pinoys, nitpick the words, take everything literally.

AJ
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I thought Jessica Zafra’s article was ballsy and spot on. Having been a longtime reader of hers, it is exactly the sort of piece one could expect from her, fiery nostrils, high emotion and all. But as usual , her articles and books are always written well. Hence the Palanca and other accolades. She’s the sort of writer who puts everything on the line, including her face and name. It means, whether you agree with her or not, she can stand by what she writes. So really, your little review, while absolutely written within your rights, is a bit petty,… Read more »
T
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Got your point, AJ. “Petty”, you found the word. If benign0 cant take criticism (OK, figure of speech coming through) “like a man”, i guess his views are (ironically) “not open for debate”.
But i still think zafra’s rant was a tad bit over the top, 1 notch above vice ganda standards (just because it was,as expcted, articulate). I find it really sad when usually rational people break down and become all feel-sy.

AJ
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Yeah, it’s not to everyone’s liking, this kind of ranting. Her stand is passionate on a matter that in her view is non-negotiable, a no-brainer — and her style is pretty much ‘fuck all of you’ if you don’t agree. Which is why I thought it was kind of funny how someone would take it upon themselves to declare that the argument “failed” because anyone’s approval is obviously the furthest thing from the aurhor’s mind. Like you I would be more comfortable if smart people didn’t get so high strung in most cases but I kind of got why she… Read more »
Ilda
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It’s too bad Zafra is not open for dialogue with Manny and his supporters. She doesn’t want to understand why some people hate homosexuals. Like I said in my recent article, LGTB and their supporters should fix their image problem by speaking out against gays like Vice Ganda and stop them from promoting promiscuity and overall appalling behavior in public. If the public sees that there are gays who are against vulgarity, the public will eventually realise that there are decent homosexuals as well. Excerpts from my article: Vice Ganda’s vulgar behavior damages the image of the Philippines’ gay community… Read more »
Ilda
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…we don’t know if you actually have the credibility…..

A credentialist is in the building.

A realist can focus on the message instead of the messenger. GRP subscribers don’t care about “Palanca awards” and other so-called “accolades”. They only care if the writer makes sense or not. Too bad you allowed vanity to get in the way of understanding a very good article.

aa
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well said benignO….i would like to remind ms. zafra ” a little knowledge is a dangerous thing”…

Sr. Athens
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Manny Pacquiao is really a world-champ boxer. His punch-lines went straight to the heart. #IStandWithManny for the preservation of the family and of humanity.

Karlz
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nice benign0, LGBTs rights are debatable, but not their human rights. my thoughts… LGBT’s, as they continually grow in number, gain power and influence – changing the minority landscape forever where they are no longer marginalized. Their rights to equal job opportunity, respect by community, and marital status are finally recognized – in the States and some other parts of the world, that is. But it’s not the case here in the Philippines, given the guidance from our faith and clear stipulation of family and marital union in our constitution, there is no concensus on the state of same sex… Read more »
kwag
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Ahhh, riding the LGBT/Pacquiao issue for a much needed publicity. Typical “angry” letter from an “empowered” “intellectual” feminist… errr… woman, who I doubt has a happy boyfriend.

Wag tularan yan si Zafra. She’s miserable, unfulfilled and will probably spend her life alone with a cat. Kaya kayo mga babae, magpaganda, alagaan ang katawan, kumilos ng mahinhin para magka boyfriend/asawa. Wag i-prioritize ang trabaho, unahin sa listahan ang pagbuo ng pamilya. Yan ang nangyayari sa mga babaeng unfeminine, at walang alaga sa katawan… walang nagkakainterst na lalaki. Have a husband. Make babies. Be happy.

Add
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Hahaha.
Magpaganda at siguraduhin mag-asawa ng may pera at hindi palamunin. Kawawa naman pag anak ng anak at tapos walang mapakain at walang pampa-aral sa mga anak.

sammie
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@kwag
Kung yan lang ang nakikita mong rason para matawag na “fulfilled” at “happy” ang pagiging tao ng isang babae, nakakaawa ka.
Ang unang bagay na kailangang matutuhan ng mga babae ay ang mahalin ang sarili nila. Magpaganda para sa sarili nila, gastusan ang sarili nila. Hindi para maging takaw-paningin sa kung sinong Herodes na lalaking bubuntis lang sa kanila.

buyong
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she’s right, it’s evolution. they are the experimental ones who will control population and spread sexually transmitted illnesses.

Badong
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I still don’t think, at its most basic sense, that Marriage is a a human right. It is an institution between a man and a woman. Ceremony is optional but is usually the norm. Ceremony is called a wedding. Man bringhs his side of family, woman brings her’s, the union is blessed by a seer, a priest, a judge, and the community cheers and blesses the union because out of them comes the next generation. Natural Marriage is beneficial for the community. That is why it is promoted. Youtube this. Singapore National Night Rap. The LGBT community then needs to… Read more »
Magic Tiongson
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Marriage isn’t a human right. It’s not even a word. It’s a sentence. =)

Jeremaine Prieto
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Weird… Pacquiao’s pope? Di ba born again na siya?

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