Friday, February 19, 2016

Hate crimes to rise due to Manny Pacquiao's statement that gays are "worse than animals"

Let's not discuss about Manny Pacquiao's religion. I myself, am in agreement with what he said--that sodomy is a sin. Yes, under our modern society, it is the right of everyone to enjoy his own life, and that includes choosing who to be with throughout his life--be it with the opposite sex or with the same sex. That is a choice that one has to make, and one must be ready with the responsibility and consequences of such an action.

The issue really is the possible effects of Manny's statement wherein he described gays as "worse than animals." I fear for the worst for homosexuals in this country--especially those living in the provinces. I fear that hate crimes would rise shortly after hearing of Manny's statement.

Not everyone knows how difficult life is for homosexuals, especially those living in the backwaters of Philippine society. They are being constantly bullied. Some of them harmed and even killed. Based on statistics, six out of 10 homosexuals in the Philippines are murdered or killed. And why is it? Some studies show that these killings are the result of hate---that some of these psychotic individuals kill homosexuals because they think these people are committing a sin--that homosexuality is a sin, period.

It is this warped view of religion that prompts some to kill homosexuals. Imagine what would happen now that the world's former pound-for-pound boxing champion considers homosexuals as "worse than animals." I fear for the worst.

Manny Pacquiao, I learned, is a pastor. He forgot what God said in 2 Timothy 2:22-26 ESV:

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.