If Rizal were alive today, would he support the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill?Yes, at least according to advocates of the said bill, which promotes access to sex education and the use of artificial contraceptives in the country.
Carrying posters of the national hero, a number of women and youth organizations trooped to the Batasang Pambansa complex in Quezon City on Wednesday. They rendered songs and read Rizal's poems as they called on legislators to pass the RH bill.
Akbayan party-list Rep. Kaka Bag-ao and the others see Rizal, known for exposing various problems in the Spanish colonial society through his written works, as an ideal symbol of reproductive health rights.
"Rizal's legacy of advancing the importance of education, knowledge and progress is very much alive today. In fact, they are the same values being promoted by the proposed RH bill," Bag-ao said in a statement.
"Huwag natin biguin si Rizal. We must not let people with tunnel vision lead our people. Patuloy tayo magbigay-liwanag sa pamamagitan ng edukasyon sa ating mga kababayan."
The RH bill has been blocked by the Catholic Church and some lawmakers in Congress, saying that some contraceptives are considered abortifacients by medical professionals.
They added that modern family methods will only promote amorality and selfishness.
But Bag-ao begs to differ.
"Certainly, history repeats itself. Maybe our friends in the Catholic Church hierarchy should brush up on theirs. More than 50 years ago, they said the Rizal Law violates the Catholic's right to conscience and religion, interestingly, the same line of reasoning they use to oppose the RH bill. They said it would lead to the degradation of Catholic values and morality. But has it?" she said.
"Truth is, Rizal became an indispensable pillar of our national identity embraced by both Catholic and non-Catholic Filipinos. We did not lose our faith in God. I believe the same thing will happen with the inevitable passage of the RH bill."
Bag-ao was referring to Republic Act 1425 or Rizal Law, which mandates public and private schools to offer courses about the national hero and his works.
The bill was passed into law on June 12, 1956, the country's Independence Day celebration.
This is not the first time that Rizal was closely associated with advocates of the RH bill.
Last year, artist and tour guide Carlos Celdran dressed up as Jose Rizal and held up a placard with the word "Damaso" inside the Manila Cathedral as a form of protest against the Catholic Church's stand on the controversial measure.
"Damaso" refers to Father Damaso, an abusive priest who is a character in Rizal's novel Noli Me Tangere.
Celdran was brought to jail for reportedly violating Article 133 of the Revised Penal Code (offending religious feelings), but walked free after posting a P6,000 bail.
He has formally apologized to Church authorities, but stressed that what he interrupted was not a mass, as was previously reported.
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Say No to RH Bill! Support Overpopulation! Support Poverty! Support Illegal Abortions and deaths that occurs from it! Support the spread of HIV and STD's! NO TO RH BILL PEOPLE!
Wow the pro RH are really desperate, enlisting even Rizal to their cause. Who's next, Lapu Lapu? Frankly, the debate should really be on whether the bill will benefit the country economically. All other topics are a waste of everyone's time. Any ad hominem attack against the RCC, waste of time. Debate on the start/end of life, do something more important. Because the bill's primary claim is that it would reduce poverty. So far I'm not convinced. Because it will lessen the number of poor by literally not allowing them to be born. How democratic/egalitarian is that? Not to mention how humane? Only the rich can have babies? Pleeeeeease.
Why is it so hard to understand that at the core of these progressive bills is the insurance that an individual's free choice is protected and preserved? No religion nor ideology, no matter how ubiquitous, has the right to dictate its laws and beliefs on non-believers even if they constitute a minority.
To argue otherwise is to court with the trappings of tyranny.
To argue otherwise is to court with the trappings of tyranny.
Rizal Monument: A Phallic SymbolRizal would definitely support it. He had a common-law wife or live-in partner (Josephine Bracken), and they had a love child (Francisco). Of course, his mother and the Church hated this type of relationship, but he didn’t care.
He was a Freemason, so he was “Gnostic”—-neither an atheist nor a theist. He didn’t believe in the God of the Bible, but he believed that nature is God. As he said, “I neither believe nor disbelieve the qualities which many attribute to him (God); before theologians’ and philosophers’ definitions and lucubrations of this ineffable
and inscrutable being I find myself smiling.”
Rizal then continues, “the God that I foreknow is far more grand, far more good: Plus Supra!...I believe in (revelation); but not in revelation or revelations which each
religion or religions claim to possess. Examining them impartially, comparing them and scrutinizing them, one cannot avoid discerning the human ‘fingernail’ and the stamp
of the time in which they were written... No, let us not make God in our image, poor inhabitants that we are of a distant planet lost in infinite space. However, brilliant and sublime our intelligence may be, it is scarcely more than a small spark which shines and in an instant is extinguished, and it alone can give us no idea of that blaze, that conflagration, that ocean of light. I believe in revelation, but in that living revelation which surrounds us on every side, in that voice, mighty, eternal, unceasing, incorruptible, clear, distinct, universal as is the being from whom it proceeds, in that revelation which speaks to us and penetrates us from the moment we are born until we die. What books can better reveal to us the goodness of God, his love, his providence, his eternity, his glory, his wisdom? ‘The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth his handiwork.”
This is in line with the beliefs of Buddha, Confucius and Lao Tzu who were also “gnostics.”
Even the real Jesus had a common-law wife. The Gnostic Gospel of Philip narrates that Jesus’ live-in partner was Mary Magdalene. The canonized Gospel of John also describes Jesus in John 1:1 in the Gnostic idea of the “word” or “logos”—the Greek equivalent of Yin and Yang since John was the other one that Jesus loved.
Jesus also hated clergymen and called them “snakes” or “vipers” since they created so many rules that make life more difficult than it really is.
If you look at the birds, cats and dogs, nature takes care of them. As Jesus said, they don’t need to worry about anything. They don’t need to get married. They don’t need pre-nuptial agreements, lawyer’s fees for legal separation, calendars for natural birth control or other things that make life more difficult than it really is.
But one kind of animal belonging to the Great Ape family (hominidae) has overpopulated the Earth due to advances in technology. These modern apes are called homo sapiens or humans, and they need contraceptives to sustain the life of the planet.
Rizal’s phallic obelisk is a reminder of this. Yes, the Rizal Monument is a sex symbol—it’s a man’s “bird.” Phallicism is part of freemasonry. Rizal is not ashamed to show his “big bird” in public since he is not deluded about his animal ancestry.
It’s only mentally-ill clergymen with delusions of grandeur who think that humans are more than animals. Those who share such delusions suffer throughout their lives because they will always be disappointed.
@jerelfox Meynard Jerel Luczon
"ipasa mn o ndi, wla nman mgba2go. andamng probs ng bansa yn pa inuuna nla. at present religion is now a new trend of politics"
"I don't think so, but I guess he'll be smart enough to know what's right for the PH"
@JENICAMNAVARRO Jenica M. Navarro ☑
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