If the reactions were to be the basis as to where he should be exiled, Kabataan Partylist representative Raymond Palatino would be living in hell with Lucifer.
Or maybe in Jolo to be beheaded by the fundamentalist Abu Sayyaf. The upstart young congressman stirred a hornets’ nest with his proposal to ban religious icons and symbols in government offices, and such Catholic rites as prayers before start of a government ceremony or event. The assault by Palatino on religion, faith and belief that on the zeroed in on Catholics —the cross and a framed image of Jesus Christ are most common religious symbols in government offices of pre-dominatly Catholic Philippines—raised varied reactions from bishops down to laymen. “Son of Lucifer!!” This was sent as a comment to our post on the Palatino stunt in durianburgdavao mindanao newsblog. Other commenters described Palatino as “Anti-Christ.” House Bill 6330 said Archbishop-Emeritus Oscar V. Cruz, former archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan in Pangasinan is “harsh.” Msgr. Pedro Quitorio, media director of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), wondered aloud why Palatino would put this bill ahead of other more pressing problems that burden the people. Priests being holy hold their verbal punches in commenting on issues that deserve, in this case, a solid punch to the face of Palatino but Catholic laymen do not have that restriction. Send him to hell! was the comment of another also sent to durianburgdavao. Palatino has admitted that he is a Catholic but we suspect he is not practicing his religion.
The Durian Post No. 112, June 18-24, 2012, editorial cartoon by rogerB
Palatino’s political flag, Kabataan Partylist, is known as one of the legal fronts of the NDF/CPP/NPA combine, which everybody knows run on the Maoist doctrine that does not believe in God. Being encompassing to embrace all religions including a ban on Muslims to display their religiosity in public, Palatino should be crucified in two angles: Excommunication by the Catholic Church and issuance of a fatwa against him by the Muslims for his assault on their religion. Fatwa to the unknowing is a shoot-to-kill order. If Palatino had his way, Muslims in government service would be denied their prayers during offfice hours, and stopped from greeting people ‘assalamu alakum’ or ‘Alahu Akbar!’ This Palatino is weird! As our contribution to the crucifixion of Palatino, we would like to liken him to book author Salman Rusdie and the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, and maybe Ely Pamatong. Rushdie wrote the book Satanic Verses while the Jyllands-Posten published a series of cartoons on Muhammad that sparked anger in the Muslim world and the issuance of the fatwa.
Never mind Pamatong, but he was supposed to get a fatwa for his preposterous and sacreligious claim, as he proposed his crazy idea of Mindanesia, a separate Christian state in Mindanao, because according to him Muslims have killed more than a million Christians in Mindanao. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie was published in 1988 and was inspired in part by the life of Muhammad. Rushdie used magical realism and relied on contemporary events and people to create his characters. The title refers to the so-called “satanic verses“, a group of alleged Qur’anic verses that allow intercessory prayers to be made to three Pagan Meccan goddesses. The Satanic Verses sparked a major controversy when Muslims accused it of blasphemy and mocking their faith. The outrage among some Muslims resulted in a fatwā issued against Rusdie by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, on February 14, 1989. The Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy began after 12 editorial cartoons, most of which depicted the Islamic prophet Muhammad, were published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten on 30 September 2005. The newspaper announced that this publication was an attempt to contribute to the debate regarding criticism of Islam and self-censorship. A protest by Danish Muslim organizations led to Islamic protests across the Muslim world. A fatwa would later be issued against the cartoonist and the editors of the Jyllands-Posten. We warned Pamatong about the fatwa and his claim that Muslims committed genocide against Christians in Mindanao, and what would happen to those who dabble wrongly, like Rushdie and Jyllands-Posten, with Muslim faith and anger Muslim religious sensibility. Pamatong with his Mindanesia disappeared after the warning. Comes now Palatino who could be a potential target of a fatwa. If Pope Benedict would have nothing of this mischievous brat and thinks an excommunication process would be tedious and laborious to spend on a Pinoy idiot, then the fundamentalist Sayyaf should come in to teach this Palatino the deadly lesson of his head looking at his own headless body. When was the last time that the Abus beheaded a human?