Philippine President Duterte calls God 'stupid'
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has named God “stupid”, sparking anger in the largely Catholic nation.
In a televised speech, he slammed the story of Adam and Eve’s fall from grace in the Bible and the logic behind the Christian idea of original sin.
Mr Duterte is effectively recognized known for his outrageous statements and unfiltered attacks on his rivals.
Although the church and numerous citizens condemned his remarks, his office said he was expressing personal beliefs.
The president has in the past also criticised the Pope in crude language and has racked up a string of other statements widely deemed as highly offensive, cruel or misogynist.
His most current comments came at a speech in Davao, the city he governed as a mayor ahead of operating as president.
Asking “Who is this stupid God?”, Mr Duterte criticised the Biblical story of creation and Adam and Eve becoming thrown out of the Garden of Eden right after they ate the “forbidden fruit”.
“You designed some thing perfect and then you feel of an event that would tempt and destroy the high quality of your function,” he said.
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The president also slammed the notion of original sin – whereby all humans are tainted by Adam and Eve’s wrongdoing – saying: “You weren’t born yet, but now you have original sin.”
“What kind of religion is that? I can not accept it.”
Regional Catholic bishop Arturo Bastes responded by calling the president a “madman” and urging people to pray for his “blasphemous utterances and dictatorial tendencies” to end.
Mr Duterte is a known and open critic of the Catholic Church in a country exactly where far more than 90% of the population are Christian and the vast majority of these are Catholics.
His outbursts for that reason triggered a predictable backlash and debate online.
The president’s spokesman Harry Roque defended Mr Duterte’s comments as merely becoming his private convictions. He also explained the outburst by referring to the president’s claim that he was abused by a priest at a Catholic school in the course of his childhood.
Rodrigo Duterte took office in July 2016 on a hardline platform against crime and corruption. The brutal campaign of extrajudicial killings against drug dealers and users has considering that even though sparked mounting criticism against the strongman.
Earlier this year, the International Criminal Court opened a preliminary inquiry into crimes committed during the drugs purge.
In 2017, Mr Duterte admitted to stabbing someone to death as a teenager.
A extremely controversial record
His frequent rhetorical outbursts are usually far beyond what is deemed acceptable by his critics.
He mentioned he would be “content” to slaughter millions of drug addicts in the nation and has responded to international criticism of his policies by calling former US President Barack Obama a “son of a whore” and slamming the EU as hypocrites.
In April 2016, he spoke to an election campaign rally about the 1989 murder and rape of a female Australian missionary in Davao, where he was mayor at the time.
“I was angry simply because she was raped,” he mentioned. “That’s 1 factor. But she was so beautiful, the mayor ought to have been very first, what a waste.”
His workplace later apologised for the comments.
Earlier this year Mr Duterte told Filipino soldiers they must shoot female communist rebels in the vagina.
A few weeks ago he made headlines by producing an overseas Filipina worker kiss him on stage in the course of a reside event.
Published at Tue, 26 Jun 2018 06:23:20 +0000