Everyone loves a drama and everyone loves the martyr in said drama. That is if by “everyone” we mean Filipinos — a people renowned for their addiction to the telenovelas and teleserye that proliferate in mainstream media. As such it is not surprising that our “noble” men-in-robes now play the victim card in the on-going circus surrounding the “debate” over Reproductive Health in the Philippines. The Philippines is, after all, a society renowned for a deeply-ingrained victim mentality. Not only that, Filipinos are also renowned for exhibiting a pathological response mechanism to anything perceived to be “evil”.
Sympathy for “victims” + Reflex response to “evil” = Pinoy Mentality
And so, not surprisingly, the latest song-and-dance of these “Roman Catholic prelates” in response to the threat of sedition charges made by President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III against those who seek to mount a “tax boycott” to protest the passing of the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill makes full use of these two as its key cinematic devices. To this threat of jail time for breaking the law, these Catholic Bishops are defiant…
â€œHe can put us all in jail. We are willing to pay the price to save the unborn from modern Herods and save the executioners from the grasp of the evil one,â€ Lipa Archbishop Ramon Cabrera Arguelles said in an article posted on the Catholic Bishopsâ€™ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
“grasp of evil the evil one”
It’s all just gone hilariously biblical.
Note the two key ingredients in this spiel: (a) playing the victim, and (b) demonisation of the holder of the opposing view. The irony here seems to escape consistently vacuous minds — that these “priests” apply a tactic virtually identical to that applied by their adversary himself. Indeed, Noynoy is the “humble” one and his favourite self-appointed nemesis, former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the “Eeeeevilllllll One”.
Indeed, the two camps deserve each other, and Filipinos, perhaps deserve to be led by both camps.
Such is a society that likes to pretend it forms a modern nation yet at its core continues to think like a Medieval kingdom.
â€œLet him charge all of us bishops, priests, religious, all the faithful with sedition,â€ he said
â€œIt is better to obey God rather than men and immoral laws,â€ added Bastes.
Grounds for sedition, or not? Perhaps not, not in a theocratic state, that is, where the law is designed precisely to enforce obedience to a “God”.
Indeed, this last gem further reveals what could be the true political agenda of the Philippine Roman Catholic Church — to see the Philippines ruled under some sort of Christianic Law. Maybe we should ask our Muslim “brothers” what they think of this.
â€œWe obey God rather than man,â€ said Bagaforo
â€œIn the end, we must obey God and not man,â€ Lagdameo said while stressing the need for both sides to be calm, reasonable, and â€œconsider the moral aspect of the issue.â€
Perhaps. So let’s hear what God has to say. Everyone start listening. These “priests” and “bishops” need to be quiet even for a minute so that we can hear God talk for a change.
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