First off, I don’t think a lot of people will disagree with me when I say that Granville Ampong, who rode on Manny Pacquiao’s coattails via a sloppily written article just to get a couple of hundred hits for his website, is a terrible writer. The guy even had the cheek to blame other writers after the shit hit the fan that resulted in Pacquiao getting a lot of flak for allegedly supporting the wholesale slaughter of homosexuals.
Anyway, this whole clusterfuck started when Ampong wrote an article about Pacquiao disagreeing with Barack Obama’s recent support for gay marriage. Pacquiao subsequently denied quoting the offensive Leviticus verse, of course, and Ampong wrote in his follow-up that never in his original article did he say that Manny ever uttered those words (Ampong, though, inserted the offensive Biblical quote in his article and enclosed it in quotation marks as though the quote came from Pacquiao).
We now know that Pacquiao doesn’t really want to kill homosexuals as Ampong tried to imply in his article. We also know, however, that Manny is still against same-sex marriage.
So here’s the thing: Pacquiao can be very vocal when it comes to stuff that he strongly believes in. Case in point was when he engaged seasoned legislator Edcel Lagman in a debate against the Reproductive Health Bill. Pacquiao is entitled to voice out his opinions for what he thinks is right or wrong, and we should all respect that. Right? Right.
But speaking of respect, shouldn’t we also respect the LGBT community for their wish to be able to marry their loved ones and not go through life alone? We all deserve to be happy regardless of our gender, right?
The Bible says that same-sex marriage is evil?
Well, the Bible is also filled with a lot of contradictory things. In fact, it condones rape, murder, pillage, and even incest (in Genesis, Lot and his two daughters fled Sodom and settled in a cave where they all shared some father-daughter action—sweet!).
The bottom line, in my reckoning, is that marriage is a civil right that should be enjoyed equally by everyone, even by those in the LGBT community.
I think the operative word here should be respect.
Perhaps all of us should learn to respect other people’s choices and rights and not force our beliefs—especially our dubious religious beliefs—on them.
Just my two cents.
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