A Missive to Bible Cherry Pickers

2/22/2016 12:13:00 PM

Sunshine Amores
by S. Amores

“As Christian, bawal naman ‘yung same-sex marriage. Ginawa ang babae para sa lalaki, ginawa ang lalaki para sa babae (As a Christian, same-sex marriage is not allowed. Woman was made for man, man was made for woman),” he said.

“Kasi para sa akin ito lang, common sense lang. Makakita ka ba ng any animals na lalaki sa lalaki o babae sa babae? Mas mabuti pa ‘yung hayop. Marunong kumikilala, kung lalaki o lalaki, babae, babae. (For me, it’s common sense. Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to female? The animals are better. They know how to distinguish, male or female).”

“Ngayon kung lalaki sa lalaki, babae sa babae, mas masahol pa sa hayop ang tao (If we approve male on male, female on female, then man is worse than animal).”

“O ‘di ba? Hayop lang… hindi talaga pwedeng magsama ang lalaki sa lalaki, pero I’m not condemning them. ‘Yung marriage lang, ‘yung committing sin against God (Right? Even among animals… those of the same sex are not allowed to lie together. But I’m not condemning them. Just the marriage, the committing of sin against God).”

Holy Bible

Hitting the media by storm is Manny Pacquiao’s remarks on same sex marriage. People have divided reactions – some are in favor; the others are repulsed.

First and foremost, let me start by disproving Pacquiao’s claim about animals:

 “Kasi para sa akin ito lang, common sense lang. Makakita ka ba ng any animals na lalaki sa lalaki o babae sa babae? Mas mabuti pa ‘yung hayop. Marunong kumikilala, kung lalaki o lalaki, babae, babae”

I love to research and read a lot so when I hear Manny’s statement that homosexuality does not exist in animals – I am like, ‘Are you sure, Pacquiao?’ I bet a lot of zoologists and researchers will refute him. There is a book that tackles about the existence of homosexuality among animals; the notable one is Bruce Bagemihl’s Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity. There are also studies that are readily available on the internet but I have found a good one to quote (from this website: http://www.yalescientific.org/2012/03/do-animals-exhibit-homosexuality/):

“Currently, homosexual behavior has been documented in over 450 different animal species worldwide. For instance, observations indicate that Humboldt, King, Gentoo, and Adélie penguins of the same sex engage in “mating rituals like entwining their necks and vocalizing to one another.” In addition, male giraffes have also been observed engaging in homosexual behavior by rubbing their necks against each others’ bodies while ignoring the females. Yet another example is lizards of the genus Teiidae, which can copulate with both male and female mates.”

Manny may be right when he said that the animals can distinguish what is male from female but he misses a certain point – they don’t discriminate.

While I respect Manny Pacquiao’s stance against same sex marriage, I am upset by how he delivered it. It is true that he mentioned,

“I’m not condemning them. ‘Yung marriage lang, ‘yung committing sin against God."

Okay, let us try to take that. He is not against the people of LGBT, only against same sex marriage then what how do you describe this,

“Ngayon kung lalaki sa lalaki, babae sa babae, mas masahol pa sa hayop ang tao O ‘di ba? Hayop lang…”

Let’s talk about that particular statement because I am deeply disturbed about it. Let me illustrate a point; so if I say,

"You are a huge hypocritical jerk who doesn't know how to rein his tongue! Where is your breeding?
But I am not condemning Pacquiao, only his words."

Will I be excused for my harsh words? I don't think so. Now, do you already understand why the LGBT community are offended by his words?

Please don’t tell me that I should delve deeper or I should understand what figure of speech is. Those are silly, really – especially when what he says is rather straightforward. If Manny is only condemning the marriage part, then why does his statement sounds like an Ad Hominem or a personal attack on the LGBT people? If he is not condemning the people of LGBT, then why did he classify them and their acts as something lower than that of the animals? No matter how right he thinks his opinion may be, he does not have the right to demean other people. He should realize that his truth may not be the truth for other people. Anyway, I don’t think marriage exists among animals. Why say that humans are worse than animals?

As we all know – and what Manny keeps on stressing – that his hostile stance sprouts from the fact that he considers the physical sex between two gay people as an abomination based on the Christian Bible. But why should he focus on sex when, with or without marriage, gay people will still do it – be it for love or lust? Why is sex – a topic that a conservative country like the Philippines considers as a taboo – the very first thing that comes to people’s mind whenever same sex marriage is mentioned?  If he doesn’t like the idea of physical intimacy between two people of the same sex, then the solution to that is simple – do not think about.

There is more to sex to those people who push for same sex marriage – mostly legal and financial. You can check on this insightful article from iMoney’s website: http://www.imoney.ph/articles/financial-liberties-same-sex-spouses-enjoy-once-married-in-philippines/

Now, that I have expressed a bit of what I feel about Manny Pacquiao’s anti-gay slurs, let us move to another thing. This is a shoutout to all hypocrites out there!

Of all the things that I hate the most is the use of Bible to hurt other people and also using Biblical verses to justify their hatred. What makes things more ridiculous is that people suddenly become instant Bible experts – like it is the only book that they’ve read and followed in their entire lives – whenever the topic is about LGBT. Those people suddenly act like they have not violated a single verse in the Bible – as if they have been faithful and literal to the every word of God. These are the common Bible verses that those self-proclaimed holier than thou religious zealots use to hurt LGBT people:

1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men  nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God

Leviticus 20:13
If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

Romans 1:26-28
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.

And let us not forget, the old-fashioned story of ‘Sodom and Gomorrah's destruction’ found in Genesis 19: 1-13. To top it all, those religious zealots proclaim that everything that is written in the Bible is absolute and that there is no room for error or criticism in it. I am like, seriously?

I have nothing against the people who stand for their religion but to use it to hurt others is just inhumane. Oh, well, you know what inhumane means. I clearly do not understand those religious zealots who claim that everything in the Bible should be followed but then they are only cherry picking verses that appeal to them or something that they can use to condemn LGBT people. 

Okay, let's not be close-minded. Not all Filipinos are Christians. Those self-proclaimed zealots should not expect that every Biblical verse that they utter are the absolute law for every Filipino that they encounter. Not all Filipinos believe in heaven, purgatory and hell. The Christian Bible is not the Philippine constitution. Always put into your minds that the state is separated from the church – the Philippines is a democratic country not theocratic. But if those religious hypocrites – er, zealots – insist, then let me ask you, have you violated any of these?

Things that the Bible also prohibits:

  1. Watching porn, lusting or drooling over models, actors and actresses - Matthew 5:28
  2. Masturbating - 1 Corinthians 6:18
  3. Eating pork - Leviticus 11:4
  4. Wearing jewelry - 1 Timothy 2:9
  5. Wearing torn clothes or tearing your clothes - Leviticus 10:6
  6. Gossiping (YOU'RE ALL GOOD AT THIS) - Leviticus 19:16
  7. Eating a lot (fiesta, Christmas, there's always binge-eating during holidays - Proverbs 23:2
  8. Women speaking in church - 1 Corinthians 14:13
  9. Premarital sex or fornication - ehh. Duh.
  10. Wearing clothes with different fabrics - Leviticus 19:19
  11. Spilling your sperm on the ground (masturbating or wet dreams) - Genesis 38:9
  12. Eating Seafood - Leviticus 10:11
  13. Working on Saturday - duh. Sabbath. And no, Sunday is not the Sabbath. Research please.
  14. Round haircuts - Leviticus 19:27
  15. Trimming or cutting your beard - Leviticus 19:27
  16. Eating fat and blood. ALL FOOD involves fat. Oil is fat. No fried foods for you. Butter, vegetable oil, chicken fat, beef, pork, all types of meat. - Leviticus 3:17
  17. Women wearing men's clothes like pants and trousers.
  18. Adultery. Whoring, man-whoring. Cheating. Many are guilty here. Don't deny lol


(NOTE:  I am not the one who compiled these so kudos to the person who diligently search those Biblical verses.)

There is another insightful satire that I have found on Facebook which is Miss Sasot's An Open Letter To Manny Pacquiao: Let’s Defend Every Word Of The Bible! https://www.facebook.com/sassrogandosasot/posts/10153922840094085
Now, I am pretty sure many religious zealots are guilty of violating one or more of what is on the list. So stop preaching and refrain from using the Christian bible to hurt other people because you don't agree with their lifestyle. You are only making a huge hypocrite of yourself. Whatever they do in private is none of your business. Quit watching gay porns in your head (LOL).

Don't demand for respect when you can't respect other people. Don't think you are higher or holier  than everyone because you are a straight person who reads the Bible. Don't also assume that those people who defend the LGBT community are gay too (what kind of logic is that?) If you have nothing good to say, then don't say anything at all. Get it?

Anyway, before I end this, let me quote this beautiful verse that I have found in the Bible. I may not believe everything in the Christian bible but I find this verse extremely practical,

John 8:7
When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”


To the pastor who burned Nike shoes to show his support to Pacquiao, your demonstration of support is utterly childish. Besides, you already paid for them. It is a shameful act coming from a holy person  – if indeed you are a pastor    who lives in a poverty-stricken country. Instead of instigating hatred, you should have donated it to the needy. Not only that, you also added to the carbon emissions in the country. What a shame! :p

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