...to read everything recently posted on TWA, and reviewing it all.
I feel really bad about not being able to devote as much time to TWA since August. :/ I haven't even written anything in all that time. So this weekend I am shelving everything so I can read, write, and review. :)
My dad's response to that huge fuss over the RH Bill here in the Philippines
. (He asked me to post it on my LJ. :P)
A FATHER'S THOUGHTS ON THE RH BILL
I am a father of two teenage daughters who are at that extremely delicate and sensitive stage in their lives as regards matters of life, love, and sex. I love them dearly, and am constantly concerned--not worried, mind you--about their futures.
Having said that, I feel I owe it to them and to myself to express my wholehearted support for the Reproductive Health Bill currently under consideration by the Philippine legislature. And here's why.
The methods espoused and considered "acceptable" by the Catholic church simply do not work. If they did, the debate that currently rages around the issue would not exist in the first place. Look up published reports and studies from the World Health Organization, the United Nations, and other agencies. Uncontrolled childbirth in families not equipped to sustain it runs rampant in many countries. And the Catholic church has a significant presence in a lot of these countries. To paraphrase Albert Einstein, it is the height of insanity to do the same thing over and over and expect to get different results.
For the record, I am not in favor of abortion as an option. That's not a position based on faith, philosophy, or ideology; but it is MY personal position. One which, by the way, I do not care to ram down anyone else's throat.
Contrary to what the opponents of the RH Bill claim, IT DOES NOT ADVOCATE ABORTION. In fact, it seeks to provide means by which abortion as an option for women becomes totally unnecessary. Don't take my word for this. READ THE BILL IN ITS ENTIRETY.
SIDEBAR: By the way, in large part, that is the problem. Most of us don't bother to research for ourselves, firsthand. So when the Catholic church and its advocates present us their warped version of the truth, we fall for it. What? The church lies? Oh yes, they do. In the name of God, they lie. Just like they conducted the Inquisition, tortured Galileo, and burned Joan of Arc at the stake as a heretic; in the name of God.
If the bill does not support abortion, why then does the Catholic church oppose it so vehemently? Among other things, the bill does support various forms of natural and artificial contraception, which goes against their dogma. (Surprise!)
The Catholic church contends that life begins at conception, and any method that discontinues life once conceived is a sin. They go one step further: any method used to prevent conception in the first place is also a sin!
The Catholic church's position that preventing conception (i.e., keeping life from beginning) is the same as ending a life that has already begun is so absurd that it barely deserves the dignity of argumentation. Does it mean that married couples who don't have sex (which I guarantee definitely prevents conception) are endangering their immortal souls? Then blessed are the celibate, for they shall burn in Hell.
It seems to me the Catholic church considers it morally acceptable to have thousands of children born who end up sick, starving, and ultimately dying for so long as their precious rules on sexuality and reproduction are obeyed. Why is that? Are they afraid that if couples begin to observe planned parenthood, they will have fewer children to molest?
Receiving admonitions and self righteous sermons on what is moral from an institution that coddles pedophiles and protects molesters is truly irony for the ages.
For those who are wondering: yes, I am a Catholic, a Catholic who realizes that being so does not give one a monopoly on truth, goodness, or virtue. Nor does it automatically mean your dogmas reflect the true will of God.
Why the big brouhaha about this health bill? At the end of the day, it's about the Catholic church struggling to retain what little control it has left in a world where they are becoming increasingly irrelevant.
19 July 2010
THE WRITE AWAY HAS 666 ENTRIES.
IT IS A SIGN.
Why, yes, I have not fallen off the face of the earth. And I'm sorry about that stupid MSN virus. :(
- Tags:the write away
- Music:Tell Me Something Good - Glee Cast
So, although I hate pageants and everything they stand for, I agreed to represent my block in the Mr. & Ms. PolSci pageant.
Yeah, okay, I was bribed. With a very delicious strawberry sundae. And a promise that the block would pay for any shit I need to buy for this thing. So sue me.
The crunching of breaking bones is all the more satisfying when it happens beneath your fist, let me tell you.
I was on the jeep headed for the Central LRT terminal yesterday when this pulubi got on and started asking for spare change. As is typical, everybody on the jeep said no. Then he looked at me and said, "You should be careful on jeeps, miss," (in Tagalog) and smiled.
And then he frikken looked down my tank top.
The asshole didn't even try to hide it! He just leaned forward and then looked at my chest and grinned.
So I punched him.
I think I may have broken his nose.
The fuck I care.
Then he got off the jeep, holding his nose, and I got to the LRT without further incident.
When I got to Makati (I met up with my dad at Buendia), the only thing he had to say was, "How many times have I told you? You use the heel of your palm, not your knuckles! Jeez, you'd think I never taught you anything..."
What is your fondest childhood memory of your father or grandfather?
I remember one time, we were on the plane to Dumaguete to visit my dad's relatives, and when the plane landed, I stood up in my seat (I was about five years old at the time) and yelled, loudly enough for the entire plane to hear, "Oh my God, Dad, you were right! We didn't crash!"
I also remember when I was six or seven my dad and I would watch The Green Hornet and every time we would go out (if it was just the two of us) he'd always tell me, before backing out of the driveway, "Let's roll, Kato!" *snicker*