Sunday, June 24, 2012

Demolish Religious Altars from Government Buildings


Spanish colonizers left Filipinos with an almost incurable disease. Government offices homing religious altars.

No wonder Philippine government offices and public areas can be seen as an ample exhibit of religious symbols and ceremonies of which most noticeable are that of the Catholics. But a backlash of support on  religiosity inside government-managed properties is slowly showing up  One lawmaker proposed banning all religious symbols and ceremonies inside all public areas. Public areas means government-managed or tax-funded areas. However, strong opposition is to be expected.

How do religious fanatics defend their position that it is obscene to ban religion inside government buildings? 
1. People have the right to believe in God and the right to practice their faith anywhere.

2. This is a grave insult against God.
3. Banning religion will result to a culture of violence.
The first reasoning is overrated. Anyone has the right to any kind of belief he or she wants. That is given. However, that is beside the point. Taking into consideration that public places are funded by taxpayers who happen to belong to different religious sects, utilizing a public place to cater a certain kind of belief is an insult to taxpayers who don't belong to that kind of belief.

The second one is utterly stupid. God is not as prejudice-infected as his fans club I believe. So God doesn't give a shit what kind of affairs humans conduct to themselves.

The third reasoning turns me off. I hope they could show statistics to support that. In contrary, I can say it's all bullshit to say so. Religion inside government buildings didn't help fighting corruption. Bureaucrats and politicians became more evil instead.
Chapel found inside National Telecom Corp in Quezon City

God and religion are separate ideas. It is ridiculous for me to be a member of any sect first just to prove I believe in God. Banning religion from public places is not the same as banning God from there. Religion is just a branded spiritual movement that needs funding to operate. And it turns ugly if such religion takes its resources from taxes. Visit Land Transportation Office in Diliman and see how big the chapel in there. Don't tell me every-square meter of it is not tax-funded.

Believing in God doesn't need funding. Having said this, I wonder how the second reasoning that banning religion from government offices will result to nasty decline of human good values.It is disgusting to see that prominent religion and their members are allowed to conduct their own religious activities using government facilities. These are tax-funded areas and not private properties.

Religion is just fine for me. But religion becomes distasteful when not privately-owned resources are utilized to promote it.