Let me get this straight. Our country does not put away people for crimes like drug smuggling and murder. China does. Their system seems to work and we are supposed to pray that it doesn't just because pinoys are involved. It's not an issue of of guilt or justice anymore it's racism. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20110218-320968/DZIQ-Aquino-calls-for-national-prayer-vigil Feb 21, '11 6:52 AM
Why doesn't Noynoy ask for a national prayer vigil so the Lord can give him some brains. Maybe even Noynoy knows there are somethings beyond the control of the Lord.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20110218-320968/DZIQ-Aquino-calls-for-national-prayer-vigil Feb 19, '11 11:21 AM
Here is a radical idea. Instead of praying for the lives of drug smugglers to be spared. Why not pray for wisdom that people do not smuggle, sell or use illegal drugs? http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20110218-320968/DZIQ-Aquino-calls-for-national-prayer-vigil Feb 18, '11 7:05 PM
Laws are laws and rules are rules and drugs are drugs and guilty is guilty . Who cares if a Filipino gets caught in a foreign country breaking their rules??? Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. No excuses. No pampering under the guise of nationality.
Feb 18, '11 6:53 PM
If you have seen the above quotes before it's because they were previously published in my Twitter, FB, Multiply Notes etc. What Noynoy is saying by this is because you are Pinoy , accident of birth then you deserve not to be dealt with by the laws of the foreign lands that you go to. Just because you are Filipino you don't have to be accountable for your actions. The laws do not apply to you. Or at least not to their fullest extent.
Whenever you encounter a head scratcher in life always consider the source. Here is guy who did nothing to earn his position. His position happens to be the highest elected office in the land. I have summed up his uselessness in one sentence: take away his last name and what do you got? All this guy is off spring of people that represents romantic history to much of the voting public and not much else. Whatever there was of it back then I doubt he is creating now or will ever create. All the guy does is wear yellow, make the "L" sign with his hand and talk about his parents. He does not have the credentials to manage a Burger King. Nobody not even his fans ever cite anything he has done in Congress or the Senate except ask for money. Face it, that's what your twelve year old does.
Prayer means many things to many different people. I might as well talk about what it means to me. If you think God is important and supreme and I do then what you pray for should be important. Four days ago I was told something I found very profound by somebody who is 89 years old. She really makes it a point to kneel even a little bit in front of her statue of the Lord when she prays. She is right. Something about that external acknowledgment that adds some power to it. If you agree with my point that God should be respected and the way to show that respect is to avoid frivolous things when to pray, I will define for me what is frivolous:
- praying for preferential treatment in terms of a single race and not action.
- praying for victory in any sort of artificial contest that is merely meant to entertain.
- praying for victory in any sort of artificial contest that is merely meant to entertain in terms of a single race.
- praying for personal gain in an effort to compensate for lack of effort.
For my other thoughts on prayer you may look here.
Yes there is a separation of Church and State. There also should be a separation between prayer and indulgence. I love certain spectator sports but never once have I prayed for outcomes of sporting events. I have seen starving children living in squalor and they deserved prayer more than the Washington Redskins.
As much as I mock Noynoy's Prayer Vigil , it is still very indicative of the culture I live in. Can be summed up in four words: "Basta Pinoy Da Best" . It explains the hysteria in this country for anything Manny, Charice, Arnel, Azkals etc. It does not matter if you don't appreciate a particular field of endeavor but if a Pinoy is involved then suddenly you should be an expert at it. I know many relatives who even in their 20s and 30s play or coach organized soccer. Those people represent the .0002 % of pinoys who recently cheered on the Azkals that watched more than 10 minutes of soccer back in 2009. They do not appreciate soccer but the nationality of the people playing soccer. If you are one of those people, do yourself a favor and look up the definition of the word "intrinsic". So in this case pinoys or pinays go into China attempting to smuggle drugs and are caught. The laws should apply to people based on action or non-action. Not based on race. To hope for an outcome on those grounds is racism. Noynoy is in effect praying for racism. If he told you to pray for an unjust law that would be one thing. But he is telling you to pray that the law of another country not be applied to violators who happen to be Pinoy. If you love your country then you want your country men to behave as well as possible. Not to avoid punishment when they do not.
Samuel Johnson said Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel . Based on the article below how can this NOT apply to Noynoy. This Prayer Vigil encourages entitlement. It does not encourage accountability or even contemplation. Which pretty much sums up Noynoy.
DZIQ: Aquino calls for national prayer vigil
First Posted 18:15:00 02/18/2011
Filed Under: Religions, Benigno Aquino III
MANILA, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino III on Friday called for a national prayer vigil for the three Filipinos facing execution in China on charges of drug smuggling.
Radyo Inquirer reported that Aquino was hoping for a miracle to save the three sentenced Filipinos from death.
Of the three convicted drug smugglers, two are scheduled to be put to death on Monday in Xiamen while the other one is due to be executed on Tuesday in Shenzhen.