Thursday, June 21, 2012

On a Razor's Edge


Dream catching the dream;
Of catching the One to whom It clings.
Trying to grasp the One that sees;
From behind the eyes of the one that seeks.

The trick is on but thinly veiled.
As thin as edge of a razor's blade.
Oh what a mad mind which plays itself
Plays well itself in the grandest theft!

You want a taste, then cut the chase.
Want it all, then cease the pace;
Look and see that none is done
No matter grand you arrive at none.

Arrive at none is not a wasted plan.
Choices are on but yet none done.
Slap your face and consider this.
That glory is already here as eternally old as peace. 




Remove Religion Inside Public-Funded Areas (Rafael Alunan III Angry Reaction)


There is too much protest against a bill proposing to remove religious ceremonies and symbols in government offices, tax-funded or public places. Kabataan Party list Representative Raymond Palatino's House bill 6330 or otherwise known as the “Religious Freedom in Government Offices Act” specifically seeks to prohibit mass, prayers, Christmas parties, thanksgivings, vigils, blessings and among others and the removal of religious symbols like the cross, Holy Bible, Koran and others.

In a Facebook thread I got entangled with three oldies (I supposed) when I said it is alright for me to remove religion in government offices. Since government offices are all funded with taxpayer's monies. And since not all taxpayers belong to one brand of belief, therefore government offices should not be allowed to maintain religious practices catered for a certain kind of sect.

And Rafael Alunan III, prominent government official, reacted:
that's a fallacy. the government is not maintaining a religion. what it has are practicing members of various faiths. but that's beside the point. the target is to prevent people from praising God as they wish. this is one freedom that will not be taken away by a misguided minority. over their dead bodies.
I am sure Rafael misunderstood my point.  I was talking primarily of taxpayers money being used to maintain square meters of physical chapel (since chapels don't hang in the air). Government offices are not private properties wherein personal stuffs like religious stuff should be displayed. Rafael Alunan III's office is even a public-funded area so he should not use it for her religious materials. He should instead bring it all in to his own house.

Those who are against the bill are united in one tone of argument that runs in the line of "people have the right to their own faith" or "people have freedom to believe in God" therefore the bill should be rejected. Duh.

Look at how degenerated intellectuals we have these days. Can't even give a good argument. The bill is not removing anyone's right to practice their religious bullshits or their belief in God. The bill only says remove personal things like religion in public-funded areas since all taxpayers are not all Catholics or INCs or Muslims or Protestants. It is a way to save taxpayers money from religious fanaticism.

Please see the rest of conversation.
  • Ernesto Romualdez maintaining a religion within tax-funded public places is unfair and an insult to taxpayers who either have different belief or don't believe in god.

  • Rafael Alunan III that's a fallacy. the government is not maintaining a religion. what it has are practicing members of various faiths. but that's beside the point. the target is to prevent people from praising God as they wish. this is one freedom that will not be taken away by a misguided minority. over their dead bodies.