Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Kasal kasalan

Nuong isang araw,  nang gagalaite yung mga obispo ng simbahang kotliko dahil may mga kinasal na tomboy sa Baguio.  Gusto pa ng nila ipakulong yung mga kinasal dahil daaw labag sa batas ang kanilang ginawa, buti na lang at hindi sila pinatulan ng gobyerno kasi kung labag sa batras ang ginawa nung mga tomboy sa Baguio, pano na yung mga bata na naglalaro ng bahay bahayan at kasal kasalan araw araw.

Ngayon naman, ang argumento nila ay hindi puede magpakasal ang mga bakla at tomboy sa isa't isa dahil
...marriage is between man and woman and part of procreation and rearing of children.

“The conclusions from [these observation] is obvious: There can be no marriage between two individuals of the same sex, there can be no sexual union between parties of the same sex and there can be no possibility of the birth of children between two persons of the same sex,” he said.
 Ang kasal daw ay para magkaanak.  Ang buong akala ko, nagpapakasal ang dalawang tao dahil minamahal nila ang isa't isa.  Hindi pala,  ayon sa obispo ng simbahang katoliko, basta babae at lalaki kayong gusto magpakasal, maski hindi kayo nagmamahalan, maski galit kayo sa isa't isa, maski nagpapakasal lang kayo dahil sa pera o para maging citizen ng bansa,  maski pinilit lang kayo ng inyong pamilya,  mas importante ang mga dahilang ito sa pagpapakasal kaysa sa pagmamahalan,  Sa mga obispo, walang papel ang pagmamahalan sa pagpapakasal.

Sa pagigigng inahing baboy naman ng babae,  palusot lang naman ito ng mga obispo,  kung talagang ang pagpapakasal ay para maging inahing baboy ang mga babae, bakit nagkakasal ang simbahan ng mga matatanda na menopause na?  Bakit hindi kasama sa requirements ng simbahan ang fertility test sa mga nagpapakasal?  Bakit sinasabi ng mga madre ay kasal na kay Hesukristo?

Walang magandang dahilan ang simbahan para ipagbawal ang pagpapakasal ng 2 tao na nagmamahalan maliban sa hindi nila ito gusto.  Sa bigkas ni Bishop Bacani, kadire kasi, pero hindi porket kadiri ang isang bagay sa ibang tao ay dapat na itong ipagbawal, lalo na kung wala namang nasasaktan dito.  Ano ba naman ang epekto sa inyo ng pagpapakasal ng 2 bakla o tomboy, buhay nila yon, hayaaan niyo sila.

Waste of money

Catholic strategy for the prevention of HIV infection can be summed up in 4 words, "Do not have sex".  Yet, the Philippine government via the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office gave a church based organization, AIDS-Free Philippines, 500,000 to 1.5 million pesos per year from the time of former President Estrada until 2009 to precisely promote this.

Which would have been bad in itself, promoting only the AB (Abstinence and Be Monogamous) without the C option (use Condom) for those who cannot do the AB is counter productive.  The catholic church has been trying to teach AB since before I was born and Filipinos are still begetting children before getting married and having sex outside of marriage.  So only promoting the first 2 options promotes the spread of HIV through ignorance.

But it's worse than that,  the AIDS-Free Philippines organization actively opposes the use of condoms, 

"In 2004, Dr. Rene Josef Bullecer, Director of AIDS-Free Philippines and Executive Director of Human Life International (HLI) Visayas-Mindanao, observed that:
“The discrepancy in the infection rates between the two countries, Thailand with severe condom- oriented programs and the Philippines without, has continued and only grown wider. As of August 2003 there were 899,000 HIV/AIDS cases documented in Thailand and approximately 125,000 deaths attributed to the disease. These numbers are many times those projected by the WHO (60,000-80,000 cases) in 1991. These numbers contrast sharply with those of the Philippines where, as of September 30, 2003, there were 1,946 AIDS cases resulting in 260 deaths. This is only a mere fraction of the number of cases (80,000-90,000) that the WHO projected would be reached by 2000.”31
The huge discrepancy continues, with Thailand having 610,000 [low estimate: 410 000; high estimate: 880,000] people living with HIV and death according to the UNAIDS/WHO. In contrast, the Philippines has only 8,300 [low: 6,000; high: 11,000] persons living with HIV. The numbers are even
more striking considering that the Philippines has a much larger population than Thailand.32
There is also more evidence from other countries that questions the effectiveness of condoms in the fight against HIV/AIDS. A study in Uganda by Kajubi et al. (2005) concluded that condoms were not effective at lowering HIV infections: “In this study, gains in condom use seem to have been offset by increases in the number of sex partners. Prevention interventions in generalized epidemics need to promote all aspects of sexual risk reduction to slow HIV transmission.”33
Dr Edward Green of the Harvard AIDS Prevention Research Project, in his book Rethinking AIDS Prevention: Learning from Successes in Developing Countries, contested the efficacy of condoms and HIV counseling and testing, the preferred prevention strategies of Western donor nations and the U.N.
Green said:
“The largely medical solutions funded by major donors have had little impact in Africa, the continent hardest hit by AIDS. Instead, relatively simple, low-cost behavioral change programs–stressing increased monogamy and delayed sexual activity for young people–have made the greatest headway in fighting or preventing the disease’s spread. Ugandans pioneered these simple, sustainable interventions and achieved significant results.”34
Tim Allen and Suzette Heald, in a comparison of AIDS policy in Uganda and Botswana, also noted:
“Promotion of condoms at an early stage proved to be counter-productive in Botswana, whereas the lack of condom promotion during the 1980s and early 1990s contributed to the relative
success of behaviour change strategies in Uganda.”35
Their opposition to condom use for the prevention of HIV infection boils down to, people do not use them correctly, therefore they are ineffective.  If used correctly, condoms provide up to 98% protection against HIV infection.  They argue that, behavioral change is more effective in preventing the spread of HIV,  we are not  disputing that, but correct and consistent use of condoms is also behavioral, what is the difference then? Then, there is the problem of what to do with people who are already infected with HIV,  are they barred from having sex the rest of their lives?  Condom use is the only way HIV infected people can have sex with their partners without overly worrying about infecting them.

So we have here an organization, that was funded by the Philippine government, supposedly dedicated to the prevention of HIV infection among Filipinos actually promoting the spread of HIV among Filipinos, now that is a waste of money.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Catholic Exceptionalism 2

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about this guy who argued that the RH bill pending in Congress is "meddling of the State in matters of faith and morals, interference of the State in affairs of the family—the domestic church", nevermind that, even if the RH bill is passed into law, all Catholic's will still be free to follow their conscience and not use any contraceptive.

But just 2 days ago a catholic bishop was asking government to stop ceremonial marriages performed by a church in Baguio. According the the Philippine Daily Inquirer
 "a Catholic prelate called on the government, on Sunday, to take action against same-sex marriages happening in the country as such matrimonies violated the law."
Nevermind that the marriages were ceremonial and not recognized by government,  nevermind that the ceremonies were performed not by catholic priests.  The bishop wants to meddle in matters of faith and morals of other people.

It seems that catholics can not bear it if their dogma is criticized but is able and willing to criticize others for their moral choices, even if that choice does not harm anybody else.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Jesus and Mo: Euthanasia

I think this is a nice follow up to the news that Terry Pratchett is preparing for his own death since a lot of people seems to have been freaked out about it.


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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I really feel bummed because of this

Sir Terry Pratchett begins process that could lead to assisted suicide

Sir Terry Pratchett, the author, has started the formal process that could lead to his assisted suicide at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland.

The 63-year-old, who has a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, said he had received the consent forms recently and was now considering whether to sign them.

Sir Terry, made the decision to request the forms after accompanying a motor-neurone sufferer to the Dignitas clinic for a controversial documentary to be screened on Monday evening on BBC TWO.

I have enjoyed many hours of pleasure reading his books.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Nabaligtad na Mundo

Isipin niyo na lang kung ang Amerika ay nagpapadala ng mga pangmilitar na sasakyan sa ating teritoryo ng walang pahintulot sa ating gobyerno. Kung pinagbantaan tayo ng Amerika na di tayo puede pumunta sa isa sa ating teritoryo ng wala nilang pahintulot. Unang una na siguro ang League of Filipino Students (LFS) sa mga namumuno sa pag rally at pagkondena sa aksyong ito ng Amerika.

Pero nitong ginawa ito ng China, kimi na kimi sila para bagang takot na takot sila sa China, di bale ng yurakan ng China ang dignidad ng Pilipinas, hindi daw kasi natin kaya labanan ang China.

Pero ganito rin naman ang sitwasyon sa Amerika, di rin tayo mananalo sa Amerika kung lalabanan natin ito, pero pagdating sa Amerika, gigil na gigil sila.

Ang pagtanggol sa dangal at teritoryo ng Pilipinas ay dapat walang pinipiling bayan, ka ipokrituhan lang iba ang posisyon mo dahil ibang bansa ang gumagawa nito.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Catholic Exceptionalism

Jason Baguia wrote this screed titled Freedom in the time of practical atheism which is so full of stupidity I don't even know how to begin debunking it.  He begins by defining freedom which he defines as self determination and then enumerates the civil liberties we enjoy today as Filipinos which are "speech, of the press, of expression, of abode, to private property and others".

Then he goes off tangent with the crazy.
"Yet these same freedoms give us room to point out the many ways we are not yet free.

Many of us are still in the grip of poverty. A lot of politicians are still addicted to power and wealth. They perpetuate a culture of corruption and power plays that put ordinary people at a disadvantage. Cultural icons still adopt without qualms what is trendy yet harmful—like immodesty, rebelliousness and nihilism—in the West. Youngsters break through the fences of home only to get holed up in the labyrinth of the Internet.

These situations persist because many of us easily forget or take for granted that most valuable of all freedoms, a freedom that the priest Zechariah, father of Saint John the Baptist, sang of the day he named his son: The freedom to worship God “without fear, holy and righteous in his sight, all the days of our life.” (Luke 1:74-75)

The belittling of the freedom of religion has taken many forms but is seen today in the contraceptive promotion and divorce bills pending in Congress.

For all their talk about the separation of the Church and State, it’s ironic how few libertarians are standing up and exposing these bills for what they are: meddling of the State in matters of faith and morals, interference of the State in affairs of the family—the domestic church.

I will never be able to understand what is so democratic and healthful about promoting artificial means of contraception. Research shows that the use of condoms does not erase the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases. Countries where condoms are freely distributed actually end up with a higher number of HIV-AIDS patients."
What he is saying is that if the Philippines does not adopt the dogma of the catholic church, then there is no freedom.  How self absorbed is he that he cannot even conceive of the fact that not all Filipinos are catholic?  That not all of us want to follow catholic faith?  That precisely imposing catholic dogma on the rest of Filipinos who does not want to follow them makes us less free.

To him freedom of religion is freedom to impose his religion on all of us,  and he has the gall to invoke the memory of Dr. Jose Rizal.  The Dr. Jose Rizal who was executed by the catholic church as a heretic for going against catholic dogma.

Freedom, he keeps using that word,  I don't think it means what he think it means.

Thursday, June 09, 2011


Kala ko sa mga TV ka lang makakakita ng product placement o kaya mga advertisement na nagpapanggap na balita (dami dating ganito sa mga early morning shows, di ko lang alam ngayon dahil di na ko nakakapanood ng early morning shows) pero makikita mo na rin pala ito sa Philippine Daily Inquirer. Sa print edition medyo ok lang kasi magkakasama naman halos yung mga news/advertisement pero sa web version parang ang pangit tingnan na kasama siya sa mga legitimate news.