Monday, September 3, 2012

Chief Justice Maria Sereno's "God"s will" and impressions

I am a little disturbed with newly-appointed Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's remark that her appointment was "God's will". 

Question--whose God? Is that the God of the Catholic Church, or that of the Iglesia ni Cristo? Is the "God" being referred to by Sereno is the one worshipped by the Muslims, or those "Gods" by the Hindus and Buddhists?

For a Court which professes objectivity in its decisions, the use of the word "God" in the statement of a Chief Justice is, for me, quite disturbing.

Since when did "God" appeared in the supposedly secular Supreme Court, that does not promote the existence or the non-existence of God?

Disturbing still, since belief in God does not jibe with the overwhelming presupposition of a neutral or religiously non-biased Court.

The Court should ever be non-committal in the worship or non-worship of a God. What the Court "worships" is the Law.

The Law knows no god. The Law knows no religion.

It is disturbing to know that the chief of this country's Courts attributed her appointment to "God", which she clearly failed to identify who, and which, under the circumstances, probably referred to President Benigno S. Aquino III since he was indeed the one who appointed Sereno as Chief Justice.

It also leaves a bitter taste in the mouth when one learns that Sereno believes in God. How then will Sereno reconciles with this belief, with, say, her decision over the controversial Reproductive Health? What about other legal cases which base its success or non-success to the traditional religious beliefs in God? This is disturbing. Sereno is expected likewise to base her decisions on the merits of the case and of the application of the law and not some "utterances" from an immaterial God.