by Boy Turon
There is this popular idea that the correct model for economic development for the Philippines is Singapore. From the time of the late Cory Aquino up to the present administration of her son, Benigno Aquino III, most of these economists, technocrats and economic managers from the academe, business sector, and government would extol Singapore’s adherence to economic liberalization as our way out of poverty.
After all, Singapore is prosperous and a key financial center in Asia with a high standard of living as opposed to the Philippines’ third world status. You cannot argue with success and by the looks of it, Singapore is a success model in terms of economic development.
But what is the hard fact behind it?
Singapore is a city state with a population of 5 Million as compared to the population of the Philippines of 100 Million.
The Evolution Theory is wrong. Adam was made of clay and his rib was transformed into Eve because of God’s love. The talking snake tempted Eve to eat the Forbidden Fruit. Then, God got angry and condemned them, right?
After that, God hated his creation and murdered them every now and then like drowning in a big flood, genocide and etc., if they will disobey his words. Continue reading
This year, Pope Ratzinger made a statement that made the Roman Catholic Church less medieval somewhat – look, Big Bang Theory is a fact and God was behind it, Pope says. Most Catholics in the Philippines seem to have missed this development. The Pope also declared that Genesis is an allegory. So, Genesis is fiction, the fall of man is fiction and Original Sin is fiction. Why do Filipinos need to hand 250 bucks for their children’s spiritual betterment? Continue reading
Happy Vesākha, everyone!
Buddha’s birthday reminds me of this one story that I’d like to share with you all. A colleague who considers himself a devout christian, hears that I am an atheist and asks me about it. Continue reading
The Roman Catholic Church’s unique stance on Family Planning and contraception was mostly from Augustine of Hippo’s commentaries before we had sufficient knowledge of human reproduction. Due to the “infallibility” of the Pope, the Roman Catholic Church hinders itself from reissuing statements on dogma that could uplift the lives of its flock including its stance on contraception. Below is an excerpt from Pastrana & Harris’ Demographic Governance and Family Planning: the Philippines’ Way Forward.
Roman Catholicism is the only religion that specifically and explicitly condemns contraception. First, let’s look at other religions and then answer the question why contemporary Catholic teaching is so profoundly different from that of all other religions.
by Sean Pena
You imply to all the glory of your divine mission,
But poorly concealed the stench of thy corruption.