Mandatory Bible Reading Bill: Why Should This Even be a Law? | Jack von Vaughn
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Mandatory Bible Reading Bill: Why Should This Even be a Law? | Jack von Vaughn

October 25, 2019

House leader wants mandatory Bible
reading in public elementary, [and] secondary schools”? What the fu–?! So this House Leader, Bienvenido “Benny” Abante, Jr. who is himself a senior pastor of the Metropolitan Bible Baptist Ekklessia (???) filed House Bill 2069, also known as the Mandatory Bible Reading Bill. Basically, with this bill, Benny wants to make Bible-reading mandatory in all public
elementary and secondary schools in the Phillipines. And this will be conducted
using the student’s English and Filipino subjects, which will include current
“reading of, discussion, and examination on the Bible” According to him: Meanwhile while this Bill has a number of Catholic clergy supporters, CBCP Vice President Bishop Pablo David has stated that Bible-reading should be optional out of respect for students of different faiths With that said he suggested to make Bible-reading an elective subject. Now here’s the thing: while over 9 out of 10 people in this
country are Christian, over 80 percent is Catholic, with the remainder made up of various Protestant denominations like Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ), Adventists, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, [with] each denomination uses a different version of the Bible. Now which version of the Bible will they be using? Moreover, each of these
denominations may have different interpretations for certain Bible verses… so which interpretation will they be teaching then? While I’ll totally agree with the bishop that consideration must be put to students of different faiths, I really don’t think making the Mandatory Bible Reading Bill an elective is a step in the right direction. Yeah, you know what I’m going to say
about this: having none of this in our country’s public schools is what I think is the right step, especially for a country like the Philippines that is secular… at least according to our Constitution Article 2 Section 6 of our 1987 Constitution says Article 3 Section 5 of the same Constitution says that This House Bill would clearly respect an establishment of religion,
making this bill clearly unconstitutional. Obviously, should this become a law this would need government money in order for it to be implemented. The government would not only mean to pay teachers who will conduct a Bible-reading but also would pay for the copies of Bibles that
will be used; An opinion shared by Atty. Joseph Noel Estrada. I couldn’t agree more with that. With all that said, while I do think it is a good idea for people to read and be critical of their religious holy scriptures (not just a part that their religious preachers teach them) putting it to law is certainly not the way to go. Aside from the fact that taxpayer money
will be used to implement this, (something that I’ve mentioned is unconstitutional) I seriously doubt that these classes, if implemented, will be used to discuss all
of the Bible’s verses. Remember Benny’s rationale [of sorts] for the bill? “If only the Bible is read, proclaimed, obeyed, and practiced, the Philippines, our beloved and only country, would be a much better place to live in” “A much better place to live in”? Like how it makes the Philippines one of the only two countries [aside from the Vatican City] that does not grant divorce to couples who are completely unhappy with each other, especially to couples where evidence of physical and emotional abuse is obvious, without the tedious and expensive process of annulment, or the lack of second chances in life in legal separation? Like how various Christian
groups have been denying the LGBTQ community the SOGIE Equality Bill, that
would grant these people equal rights, for almost TWENTY years? Like how these Christian groups have delayed the passage of the Reproductive Health Law that not only empowers women by basically giving them choices in their family planning methods, but also mandating sex education to children for thirteen years? Like how it prevents every pregnant woman to get an abortion, even to those women who were pregnant due to rape, and to those whose pregnancies would endanger their very own lives? Yeah… sure, whatever you say then. I’m looking at you, Catholic Church. We don’t even have the Mandatory Bible
Reading Bill made to law yet And we can see that the Bible and Christianity has made a huge impact in our country through our laws With that said, do you really think having this bill as a law Would really bring progress in our country? Kindly comment your answers down below. Hi! I’m Jack by the way. If you liked this video, kindly click the Like button below. If you want to see more videos like this in the future, don’t forget to click the Subscribe button down below. Don’t forget to click the Bell button
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