The 73-year-old president who has also insulted the Pope, Barack Obama, the United Nations among others also faulted the concept of original sin referring to God in a rather crude language.
Duterte, in his usual blunt style stated he found it foolish for God to create something “perfect” and then allow the first humans, Adam and Eve, to ruin it by bringing sin into existence because of the forbidden fruit.
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte questioned why God created Adam and Eve only to allow them to cave in to temptation.Photo: theguardian.com
“Who is this stupid God? You created something perfect and then you think of an event that would tempt and destroy the quality of your work,”
“Adam ate it (the fruit from the forbidden tree), then malice was born. Who is this stupid God? You are really a stupid son of a b***ch if that is the case,” he posed.
Referring to the Biblical story of the fall of humankind, the controversial president questioned God’s logic and termed him as stupid.
“Now all of us are born with an original sin. What is the original sin? Was it the first kiss? What was the sin? Why is it original. You’re still in your mother’s womb and yet to already have a sin,”
“…Now you’re stained with an original sins … What kind of a religion is that? That’s what I can’t accept, very stupid proposition,” he said.
He,however clarified that he believes there is a “universal mind.”
Dutertes questioned the concept of original sin saying he didn’t accept it. Photo: VOA News
Duterte’s remarks sparked outrage as his spokesperson, Harry Roque, rushed to his defense urging the public to accept that the president tends to use strong language when expressing his beliefs.
“That is the personal belief of the president. We are free to believe in religion and we are also free not to believe in religion. The president has his personal spiritual beliefs, “
“We cannot fault the president if he has no sense of hypocrisy and we should accept that because even when he was just a candidate, he never hid that from us,” he opined.
Rogue went on to reveal the president’s strong sentiments could have resulted from his childhood experience where he suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a priest.
“I think the declaration of the president stemmed from his bad experience when still young. He was allegedly abused by a priest,”
“This is an issue that the Church should face and perhaps it just happened that the president is one of the victims,” said Duterte’s aide.
He argued the Catholic church should not hide it’s head in the sand and pretend the abuse never happended maintaining that the church “should admit and ask forgiveness so that all the victims, including President Duterte, can also move on with their lives.”
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