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Sir, it’s your religion that must stay in the closet

By now you’ve probably heard of the heterosexual rights bill that Congressman Bienvenido Abante recently proposed. It’s so funny it might seem crazy to call it dangerous, but we’ve elected a lot of jokes, so at this point it doesn’t seem far-fetched to assume that a bill as ridiculous as this- this could become law.

The bill is obviously a reaction to the growing awareness and acceptance of the LGBT+ community in the Philippines. The media has been fairly progressive in its coverage of LGBT+ issues and the portrayal of queer Filipinos, with the exception of a few outliers like Quiboloy’s SMNI, which not only continues to red-label LGBT+ activists, but has stated what being LGBT+ is Kalokohan ni Satanas. (Save this video because Quiboloy recently shone a light on us saying they’re very LGBT+-friendly.)

What I find particularly abhorrent about the anti-LGBT+ arguments of people like Congressman Abante (who is also a Baptist pastor) and Quiboloy is the way they wave their religion in front of us, as if their right to practice their religion gave them the right to establish a Christofascist regime in the Philippines.

I mean, sure, go structure your life around your beliefs for fun, but don’t tell me (and anyone else who doesn’t subscribe to your religion) that a book that condones grated, infanticide, genocideand slavery must be the moral foundation of our society.

The congressman’s proposed bill ridiculously begins with, “God created man in his own image and created only male and female.” [Genesis 1.27] and gave the decree of procreation to a male and a female only [Genesis 1:28]as if pulling quotes from a pre-scientific text handed down thousands of years ago by ancient humans who thought snakes and talking donkeys were real were even worth heeding, in the face of a solid and well-established science.

(There are about 1,500 species where homosexual and bisexual behavior exists, on the one hand; and on the other hand, there is a scientific consensus on evolution, contrary to what creationists would have you believe.)

I think it’s time to agree that religious arguments are not and should not be held in the same way as arguments based on science. LGBT+ people exist and are natural, despite what fanatics would like to believe. No one chooses to be born queer, the way no one is born a Christian: the government should prioritize our protection over the feelings of religious people.

We do not claim any special rights. Contrary to what fanatics would like everyone to believe, LGBT+ people are not pushing for legislation to take away the right to marry, have children, and all the other things heterosexuals already enjoy because of their SOGIESC ( sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and sex characteristics) –– we only want to expand the definitions to include us.

Historian and philosopher Yuval Noah Harari makes an excellent point when he says:

“Every religion, ideology and belief has its shadow, and whatever belief you follow, you must recognize your shadow and avoid the naive assurance that ‘this can’t happen to us.’ Secular science has at least one big advantage over most traditional religions in that it is not terrified of its own shadow, and is in principle willing to admit its mistakes and blind spots.If you believe in absolute truth revealed by a powerful transcendent, you can’t afford to admit any mistakes, because that would undo your whole story. But if you believe in a quest for truth by fallible humans, admitting blunders is part and parcel of the game.”

I advocate that we should not only push for LGBT+ rights, but also fight simultaneously, consistently and stubbornly against this insistent attempt by religious fanatics to establish their beliefs as the law of the land. Yes, we must respect people who subscribe to a particular religion, but at the same time we must be free to distinguish between their belief systems, especially when they become central arguments for legislation, as Congressman Abante does. .

As they say: people have rights; ideas no. We have to be able to call out the horrible parts of Christianity or Islam or any other belief system that seeks to oppress and destroy people like us. Because honestly? There are many things we refuse to talk about.

It is good to remember that the leaps of human progress did not happen because of religion; as we all know, it often happened that religion went against scientists when their findings went against religious beliefs (remember Galileo?)

We have also seen how religion and religious institutions have encouraged or concealed some of their most appalling crimes, including child abuse, sex trafficking, colonization, mass murdersand Corruption.

It was not by reading the Bible that we understood the solar system, gravity, the speed of light, nuclear fission, genetics, chromosomes and many other things that we take for granted. Because of the scientific method and its ability to accurately explain phenomena, people’s reading of ancient supposedly holy texts now adapts to facts from scientific research, such as a clumsy man chasing a car in full swing. speed. It does not go the other way: science, in its pursuit of facts, does not accommodate religious beliefs. Often he cancels it.

In the end, what relieves me is that society will probably and widely change its opinion on LGBT+ rights soon enough: generational changes have in many cases led to the death of filthy beliefs. The Philippines is due to its own Age of Enlightenment, leaving behind people like Congressman Abante in the Dark Ages. Stay ashen.

Contact Evan at writerinmanila(at)gmail.com.