Friday, October 1, 2010

Free thinking gone mad

Revised Penal Code, Section Four. — Crimes against religious worship

Art. 133. Offending the religious feelings. — The penalty of arresto mayor in its maximum period to prision correccional in its minimum period shall be imposed upon anyone who, in a place devoted to religious worship or during the celebration of any religious ceremony shall perform acts notoriously offensive to the feelings of the faithful.

(in short, it carries a six months prison term)
Lawyers post bail for jailed tour guide

MANILA, Philippines – The lawyers of tour guide Carlos Celdran posted a P6,000 bail Friday after the city prosecutor's office found probable cause to indict him for violating Article 133 of Revised Penal Code or offending religious feelings.

(see news story here)

Meanwhile, members of the Filipino Free Thinkers picketed the Manila Police District’s Station 5 in Ermita, Manila demanding Celdran’s immediate release. At least 10 members of the group expressed their support for Celdran's cause against continuing Church intervention in state affairs, particularly in the issue of birth control. Red Tani, the organizer of the group, told reporters that not all Catholics and not all Filipinos hold the same view as the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.

Tani called for the repeal of the "archaic" Article 133 of the Revised Penal Code, offending religious feelings, which is what Celdran was charged with.

"We are no longer in the dark ages," he maintained.

Lets see. Celdran, wearing a mock Rizal costume, barges into the cathedral while a religious ceremony was going on. He proceeds to the front of the altar, waves a placard bearing the word "Damaso", and shouts "Stop involving yourselves in politics!". Take note, while a formal ceremony was going on. To the Filipino "Free Thinkers", this is perfectly acceptable behavior, otherwise, one's mind belongs to the dark ages. Again, I was wondering if these "brave" people can pull the same stunt in a Muslim mosque. Nah.

So, it is perfectly fine to disrupt a religious service (any religious service, mind you) with disruptive intrusion, gross disrespect, extreme rudeness, insults and hate. Really.

To think otherwise would be archaic, and properly belongs to the dark ages.

And they call themselves "Free Thinkers".

Meanwhile, RH-bill main advocate Lagman said the detention of the popular tour guide "smacks of intolerance and unchristian conduct by the Catholic hierarchy.".

I think my thinking mind is exploding. In this incident, it is the Catholic Hierarchy who is guilty of "
intolerance and unchristian conduct"? Whoah. Another 'free thinker', this Lagman.

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