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The Issue of Secularism for the Philippines

by Lemuel G. Abarte (no login)

 

The point raised is that we are a country of many religious beliefs and our laws should not be defined along a religious line. We are not a Christian nation since we have our Muslim brothers and our brothers who are also animists.

Should our laws exclude the principle of marriage for Muslims? Our laws should be overhauled to reflect secularism to exclude religious tenets and these laws should be acceptable to everyone. In effect, the democratization and culturization of our laws should be the order of the day as it relates to our civil society and the civil codes.

Please don't give me your Christian arguments. You cannot argue for Christian principles when the state is concerned. At the most, one could argue for morality.



Posted on Feb 8, 2007, 6:12 PM
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  1. Philippines is not Christian?. Napanice, Feb 9, 2007, 8:06 AM
    1. We are of a very different persuasion. Lemuel G. Abarte, Feb 11, 2007, 5:16 PM
      1. All the more reason to segregate religion from government.. Napanice, Feb 11, 2007, 9:37 PM
        1. Your argument has been my premise all along. Lemuel G. Abarte, Feb 12, 2007, 12:42 AM
          1. Definitely a waste of time.. Napanice, Feb 12, 2007, 6:53 AM
            1. Have you read the Civil and Family Code of the Philippines?. Lemuel G. Abarte, Feb 12, 2007, 4:47 PM
              1. Yes and it is traceable back to the Philippine Constitution.. Napanice, Feb 12, 2007, 6:16 PM
                1. Your argument is irrelevant: stop being an intellectual smartass. Lemuel G. Abarte, Feb 14, 2007, 4:51 PM
                  1. Re: Your argument is irrelevant: stop being an intellectual smartass. eee, Feb 15, 2007, 12:33 AM
                  2. Now it's your turn to show some proof.. Napanice, Feb 15, 2007, 8:04 AM
                    1. Where do yo want to begin?. Lemuel G. Abarte, Feb 15, 2007, 5:15 PM
                      1. Where's the proof?. Napanice, Feb 16, 2007, 5:10 AM
                        1. Where do you want to start? You are beating around the bush. Lemuel G. Abarte, Feb 16, 2007, 4:47 PM
                  3. European Commission wants Gloria's Human Rights Violations exposed.. Napanice, Feb 15, 2007, 10:29 AM
                    1. wrong post.. Napanice, Feb 15, 2007, 10:31 AM
                      1. Don't be obsessed with another issue, please. Lemuel G. Abarte, Feb 15, 2007, 5:19 PM
                        1. I'm not.. Napanice, Feb 16, 2007, 5:14 AM
                    2. Don't be an intellectual smartass, you are riding on my proposal. Lemuel G. Abarte, Feb 15, 2007, 5:16 PM
                      1. I said wrong post!!. Napanice, Feb 16, 2007, 5:12 AM
                        1. You are preoccupied with another concern. Lemuel G. Abarte, Feb 16, 2007, 4:48 PM
  2. Are you going that far....?. CoeL, Feb 9, 2007, 12:24 PM
    1. This is still a religious argument. Lemuel G. Abarte, Feb 11, 2007, 5:17 PM
      1. It will be always religious if MORALS are concern....... CoeL, Feb 11, 2007, 7:19 PM
        1. Morality need not be religious. Lemuel G. Abarte, Feb 12, 2007, 12:53 AM
          1. Self-preservation is not a moral principle!. Napanice, Feb 12, 2007, 6:58 AM
            1. Where are you getting your moral principles for the state?. Lemuel G. Abarte, Feb 12, 2007, 4:48 PM
              1. I never mentioned any.. Napanice, Feb 12, 2007, 6:20 PM
                1. You have no position on the matter: stop your irrelevant argumentation.. Lemuel G. Abarte, Feb 14, 2007, 4:59 PM
                  1. You want a rebuttal?. Napanice, Feb 15, 2007, 8:01 AM
                    1. You might be curious to know that I am talking about self-defense. Lemuel G. Abarte, Feb 15, 2007, 5:21 PM
                      1. I'm not curious.. Napanice, Feb 16, 2007, 5:20 AM
                        1. That you say man is not moral is incorrect. Lemuel G. Abarte, Feb 16, 2007, 4:51 PM
          2. Of course but it is....... CoeL, Feb 12, 2007, 10:40 AM
            1. There are flaws in your argument. Lemuel G. Abarte, Feb 12, 2007, 5:18 PM
              1. "Flaws"?. CoeL, Feb 13, 2007, 2:13 PM
                1. It is not an improbable abstract because you asserted the case in history. Lemuel G. Abarte, Feb 14, 2007, 5:18 PM
                  1. The quesation is--did it work?. CoeL, Feb 14, 2007, 9:25 PM
                    1. What made you think that Russia went the other way?. Lemuel G. Abarte, Feb 14, 2007, 11:59 PM
                      1. From what they are now.......... CoeL, Feb 15, 2007, 2:18 PM
                        1. You, I and Marx agree that religion is the opiate of the people. Lemuel G. Abarte, Feb 15, 2007, 5:38 PM
                          1. Re: You, I and Marx agree that religion is the opiate of the people. anonymous, Feb 15, 2007, 10:12 PM
                            1. You are an ignorant religionist. Lemuel G. Abarte, Feb 16, 2007, 4:52 PM
                          2. In a sense it could be to some degree. CoeL, Feb 15, 2007, 10:37 PM
                            1. You referred me to Russia, now you talk about Hitler. Lemuel G. Abarte, Feb 16, 2007, 4:56 PM
                              1. There was nothing in Russia to begin with..... CoeL, Feb 16, 2007, 6:48 PM
                                1. The issue regarding secularism is not the anti-semitism per se. Lemuel G. Abarte, Feb 18, 2007, 6:21 PM
                                  1. Did I say that or you are trying......... CoeL, Feb 18, 2007, 7:11 PM
                                    1. You made it appear that the Bolshevik Revolution happened without a cause. Lemuel G. Abarte, Feb 18, 2007, 10:28 PM
                                  2. You have spoken as much I have.......... CoeL, Feb 18, 2007, 9:52 PM
                                    1. Your faith is fine, kasimanwa, but think of other Filipinos who are of. Lemuel G. Abarte, Feb 18, 2007, 10:30 PM
          3. Of course but it is....... CoeL, Feb 12, 2007, 10:42 AM
  3. Re: The Issue of Secularism for the Philippines. referee, Feb 21, 2007, 11:53 PM

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