Very thin line between religion and politics

There are so many issues nowadays, one is caught off guard how to react.

The most recent is the remark of Congressman Manny Pacquiao who thinks homosexuals are “worse than animals because animals can detect which is male or female” while homosexuals engage in same sex which makes them “worse than animals”.

Our source: Towleroad says it clearly:

           Manny Pacquiao Apologizes for Saying Gays Are Worse Than Animals – WATCH

Manny Pacquiao, the famed boxer turned politician, has apologized for remarks he made saying that gay people are worse than animals.

Pacquiao, a current member of Philippines’ House of Representatives, made the disparaging comments about homosexuality in a TV interview. Pacquiao is currently running for one of 12 seats in the country’s senate.

Said Pacquiao, “It’s common sense. Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female.” He added, “If men mate with men and women mate with women they are worse than animals.”

After backlash poured in, Pacquiao apologized on Twitter.

AFP reports:

Nearing the end of a glorious decades-long boxing career, the 37-year-old is reinventing himself as a conservative Bible-bearing politician before the country’s May elections, when he is running for a senate seat.

“I’m sorry for comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt,” Pacquiao said in a video post on Instagram, his arms crossed.

Pacquiao said he was not condemning homosexuals but was standing by his conservative Christian faith.

“I love you all with the love of the Lord. I am praying for you.” […]

The country’s most popular gay comedian, Vice Ganda, posted #PrayForMannyPacquiao to his 6.7 million followers on Twitter as he tore into the boxer.

“Some people think they can judge people, like God, just because they’ve attended a prayer meeting and read the Bible,” he said.

“The Senate needs experts on politics and law, not blind prophets,” Vice Ganda added.

A recent survey suggests that Pacquiao would win the senate seat he’s vying for if the election were held today.

Pacquiao has a history of making anti-gay remarks. In 2012 he condemned President Obama for embracing same-sex marriage, quoting the book of Leviticus which says that men who lie with other men “must be put to death.”

Pacquiao then went on to insist that he loves gays:

“I’m not against the gay people,” Pacquiao said. “I’m not condemning them. … I have a cousin (who is) gay. I have relatives (who are) gay. I have a lot of friends (who are) gay, so I’m not condemning gays. What I said is I’m not in favor of same-sex marriage. That’s the one thing I said to the guy.

“I told (the reporter) I’m against same-sex marriage,” Pacquiao added. “He said, ‘Why?’ I said, ‘It’s the law of God.’ That’s all I said.”


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The aforementioned article makes the issue global because of social media. At an instance we see and hear a person who has issues of his own and still immerses himself on an issue which by itself can hurt so many.

As a Congressman, Pacquiao is already beset by criticisms for being a regular absentee and remember it is not a question of money but the reason why he is a congressman. Now, he is running as a Senator because he will stop boxing (both House of Congress and the Senate deal with legislation!) so at this juncture while it is campaign period he still has the time to have his last fight with Bradley! As though he has enough timer to practise for the boxing event, he has to comment about the homosexuals as “worse than animals”. Now, his life has become very colorful when it is already full . . .

Pacquiao has so much money he can already spend all his time than king God for all the blessings. He must know this by now . . .

There is indeed a very thin line between religion and politics. In connection with the present scenario, Pacquiao can practise his own religion but since he decided to engage in politics, he should be extra careful when sharing about his new found religion.  What a way of finding out this very thin line . . .