Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"We see block votes amongst the religious sector, why not having a block vote amongst the atheist sector?"

"We see block votes amongst the religious sector,
why not having a block vote amongst the atheist sector?"
A Question-critique by Lualhati Madlangawa Guerrero

Last May 2, I read an online newspaper and one page showed a politico-religious twist as the cultist Quiboloy "anointed" or rather say endorsed the Politico-Military minded Teodoro of Lakas-Kampi "CMD" as its candidate. As according to the news:
"The candidacy of administration bet Gilberto Teodoro is expected to gain momentum after he was endorsed as the "God-chosen" candidate by international televangelist Pastor Apollo Quiboloy Sunday...

Quiboloy's congregation -- The Kingdom of Jesus Christ: The Name Above Every Name -- boasts of six million members worldwide with about three million registered voters. The group, however, is not known to cast a bloc vote compared to Iglesia Ni Cristo.

In Sunday's declaration, Quiboloy said he and his congregation are backing Teodoro, whom "the Almighty Father has appointed the President of this nation..."

He said picking Teodoro as his presidential choice is "the best" for the country..."

But that news dried up and another news sprung up, this time from another sect, the Iglesia ni Cristo, who, now endorsing a candidate-whose name is synonymous for expelling INC followers in Hacienda Luisita. As the news said:

"Iglesia ni Cristo leader Eduardo Manalo on Wednesday officially endorsed the Liberal Party tandem of Senators Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III and Manuel "Mar" Roxas II.

Manalo announced the names of the candidates through a "palibot liham" distributed during Wednesday's worship service at the INC central temple in Quezon City."

These events showed how these religius groups used its "religiousity", "padrinoism" and even "personally motivated acts" in order to support political leaders they have chosen. Using religion as its message, they seemingly doing "too practical" or rather say "choosing them out of convenience" as most politicians tried to gain support from those religious groups, especially those who are with more followers guided by "influential leaders" et al.

But then,
These groups seemed disregarding others whom they met and nearly "anointed." Quiboloy nearly chose Villar out of his mother's suggestion as one article said:
"...The appearance of his mother Maria on January 25, 2010, who died in 1996, did not seem as dramatic. His mother simply said, "Son, I am for Villar can you bless him?"

While at the same time, Estrada was thinking that the Iglesia ni Cristo and perhaps even Velarde's El Shaddai will again support him like in 1998. But then, how come the ministers within the Iglesia ni Cristo simply disregard the past wherein their followers were being expelled in the Cojuangco-Aquino's Hacienda Luisita and once supported Ferdinand Marcos in opposing the Aquinos until the Edsa revolt happened last 1986. I really think how these ministers instead supporting the yellow caravan all despite the tragedies made by their "once enemy" instead of supporting a once friend like Estrada?

In assessing these things, I really notice how these religious groups, like the politicians they have supported are becoming syndicates in need of a protector, a padrino, a tutti cappi for the entire business magnate like the Government of the Republic of the Philippines. That they substitute god's word for the ministers, for using command as unity, the religion as a bloc for the elections.

Then if these religious leaders wanted that, of block voting and the like, why not the atheists do so? Somehow the atheist, if they're organized like those of the Union of Militant Atheists of the USSR may also include block voting, of doing like those of the INC and Quiboloy's, all devoid of religious significance and instead insisting on paltforms, or even "practico-materialistic reasons" like: "joining in the yellow caravan," "first in the surveys," "the platform is nice," "he/she is handsome," "I like the commercial" and the like. So why not these Bezbozhniks (godless) be organized and start having a bloc to counter the religious? And to speak of materialist reasons to counter the religiously words of the ministers, priests who insist in voting this and that?

In the end, it is the person who got a vote out of a certain order may consider it nothing but a vote of convenience and not a vote based on thought and praxis.