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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Winds Of Change Are Blowing 2

I am neither surprised nor saddened when I saw opponents of the Reproductive Health Bill (RH Bill) screaming, “Begone, Satan!” and “Your mother should have aborted you!” at the supporters of the Bill. When long-held beliefs are questioned and challenged, it is but natural for people to be on the defensive, perhaps behave immaturely, and even resort to name-calling. The scene actually reminded me of kids at a playground, when one side can’t win an argument and so they resort to teasing and taunting instead. When their “sacred” beliefs are challenged, they close their minds instead of arguing things through.

But we all know what happens to those kids who resort to name-calling and cruel teasing.

Their days are numbered. Reality is catching up with them; even the Pope has already relaxed his views on condom use. I never thought I’d say this, but maybe, just maybe, I may actually live to see major changes on the Catholic Church’s teachings regarding—Gasp! Dare I say it?—homosexuality.

(Images from Manchester Pride 2010)

Also, this is the reason why I rarely hold anything as “sacred.” At the back of my mind there’s always a nagging thought, “What if I’m wrong?” I’m not saying we should live untethered lives. Rather, we should always keep an open mind on things, and be willing to consider the possibility that one day the rug we are standing on may just suddenly be pulled from under our feet. Yes, even the idea that “nothing is sacred” shouldn’t be held sacred. Be skeptical even of skepticism.


rudeboy said...

"Be skeptical even of skepticism."

Ah, Joel, I love how you articulate these thoughts. And how often I agree with your opinions on these matters.

Still, I'm not above taking potshots at these sheep.

"Your mother should have aborted you!"

Well, if you had let her use a contraceptive in the first place, then we wouldn't have come to this pass, would we?

Ming Meows said...

all i can say is that kelangan pa talaga ng authority to change our views

Ms. Chuniverse said...

i am pro RH Bill. I hate and disagree with the church for making pakialam with the state's affairs specially on this issue.

But i am also not comfortable going to a church and use it as a venue to oppose or express my disagreement with the katoliko sarado de kandados.

peace po. =)

joelmcvie said...

@MS. CHUNIVERSE: If you read the article here (, the event inside the Church was open to all.

But I agree with you that direct confrontation with the katoliko sarados may not be the wisest of moves.