I see this “Anti-Discrimination Bill” being talked about earlier in the news here in the PI, I say cool. At the same time, question: “It’s 2012? Is this just another act of politicking? Etc.”
I wondered why this isn’t already inclusive; as part of the PI’s Bill of Rights (Article 3)? A quick research of the Philippine’s Constitution (been a while since I’ve seen this as you may know), ain’t these enough common sense to abide by?
- Article 3, Section 1
- Article 3, Section 5
- Preamble, “under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace…”
You would also think for a population that is dominantly Christian (90%+), a religion that holds “Love” as the greatest commandment (all religions and belief systems do), wouldn’t this be instilled from the start of one’s upbringing and social interactions. But I guess, that’s just part of the struggle.
We live to be our best self one day at a time. We’re just human.
There is still lots of talk about this proposition. But if it comes down to what is right, I think it’s rather simple. It can be seen in a piece of document written over 200 years ago which states the following:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Though one might find themselves having mixed feelings of what the above should be or should not be interpreted as, they fall back on religious views. But to believe that this has arguable weight, and is enough to amend the State Constitution (or The Constition “period”) is in itself an erred way of thought and process.
That is, it contradicts the “legal and political principle” of the separation of Church and State:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…
And if that is not enough, amending the Constitution with Proposition 8 makes us question if those self-evident “truths” (that the United States were founded and built upon) are still real or not. Personally, I know they are. Hence, my belief and faith in those “unalienable Rights” led me to find that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional and therefore, deserved my vote against it (“No on 8″).