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Morality in the context of religion

Written By Paolo Antonio Fernando on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 | 4/19/2011


In the Philippines, their are various means and ways of how to profess one's faith. More than 86 percent of the population is Roman Catholic, 6 percent belong to various nationalized Christian cults, and another 2 percent belong to well over 100 Protestant denominations. In addition to the Christian majority, there is also 4 percent Muslim minority, which can be found in the southern islands of Mindanao, Sulu, and Palawan. Scattered in isolated mountainous regions, the remaining 2 percent follow non-Western, indigenous beliefs and practices. Besides this, their is also the Chinese minority, with beliefs and practices of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Wow ang dami talaga!

With this number of religion in our country, how can we consider that one's belief is better than the other? does being the Christian nation in Asia entitle the Roman Catholic as the center and ultimate religion which other religion should also follow? aren't we a democratic country? what happened to our democracy if we let one's religion control over our country. Being a democratic country makes the Philippines one of the favorite places for expats to live in because they do not have to follow their countries fast paced lifestyle and religion. Hindi mo ba napapansin ang dami nang koreano, Chino at mga Indian sa bansa natin? hindi ba kayo nagtataka kung bakit sila naninirahan sa bansa natin? I have nothing against them living here i am just showing one fact that being a democratic country our laws here are very loose and they can live a fruitful life here rather in their countries abroad.

On the matter of being loose, that is why our country's population is ballooning now to approximately 100M because of this. We do not have a concrete policy on reproductive health.

Again religion comes in, the catholic hierarchy is stating that rh is bad and is pro abortion. Have this bishop and those opposed the bill went to the slum areas? have they talked to people in the ground who wished that they have planned their family but was not able to do so. People in the ground wants information and services for responsible parenthood and reproductive health.

I am a staunch advocate of the RH bill because i have seen with my own eyes the ill effects of not having a policy on reproductive health. I was able to visit slums areas in tondo and navotas, see were the "bat people lived" this are Filipino families living under the bridge were sanitation and services are lacking.

Religion is an irrelevant matter when you talk about the lives of the Filipino people. I admire our president, Hon. Benigno Aquino for speaking and still pursuing responsible parenthood even though he is being threathened by the catholic church.

Mr. President, the catholic church is only one religion, remember the REAL people who voted for you. Remember the other religion who is supportive of this matter. Mr. President, the catholic church is divided in this matter. People like myself who is a catholic is in favor of such bill and so are other catholics which various surveys have showned already.

Mr. President, do what's right. support a bill which can help save the lives of women and children.

Do know that people like me our supporting you all the way!

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