I really do not understand why Education Secretary Armin Luistro had to give in to demands of a group of people who wanted the words “maka-Diyos” (pro-God) and “God-loving” removed from the Department of Education’s (DepEd) mission and vision statements.
The group, calling itself Free Thinkers,” claimed that not everyone in this country believes in God or is a member of a religion or sect, thus these words should be stricken out from the statements of a government institution.
While it may be true that there are some who do not believe in God, simply because they were not introduced or taught by anyone about the Almighty, or accept the existence of a Supreme Being, majority of Filipinos worship, or at least, believe in God, who, by the way, is also called Allah, Yahweh, Jehovah, Brahma, Krishna, El Shaddai, Panginoon, etc., depending on one’s faith.
The Free Thinkers, as citizens of this country, have the right to voice out their ideas or opinions without having to contradict the thoughts or beliefs of most Filipinos, particularly on the issue of God.
In raising their demands, they cited a provision in the Constitution about the separation of the church and state, asserting that belief in God “should not find its way [to]nor [show]bias [for]the vision and core values of government offices.”
I also do not understand why our Free Thinkers brothers and sisters assumed that putting the word “God” in DepEd’s vision and mission statements will mean an introduction to the study of God in our basic education curriculum.
But is it wrong to teach children that there exists a Supreme Being or an Almighty One? Certainly it is not a grievous offense to mention God’s name orally in our society today? Besides, our public schools do not have a curriculum on religion or subject about God. So, non-believers, atheists, agnostics, etc. of this country should not be afraid of what their children might learn about God.
What’s the big deal when a teacher says he or she believes in God? Will that statement poison the child’s mind and have a negative impact on his or her future?
If the Free Thinkers do not want the word “God” in any government documents or statements, then they should now push Congress to rewrite the preamble of our 1987 Constitution, which clearly states, “We, the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of the Almighty God, in order to build a just and humane society….”
Why don’t the Free Thinkers concern themselves with calling on the government to address instead hunger, unemployment, low wages, corruption and unsolved crimes in our country?
Not only do Catholic priests and nuns but also preachers of different Christian and Muslim faiths disagree with Luistro in giving in to the ideas of this group.
Luistro, an ordained Catholic brother, should have defended his belief and that of millions of Catholics, Christians, Muslims, Protestants, etc. in the Philippines.
I am sure he studied that God existed long before these Free Thinkers were born or created by God but the Education secretary failed to apply what he had learned in the seminary or Catholic formation house.
I am neither a priest nor a preacher, or even a holy man but I believe in God and I am ready to defend Him anytime, anywhere.