CBCP opposes Rep. Raymond Palatino’s bill to "ban religion" in government offices

ABS-CBNNews.com reports: "Archbishop Socrates Villegas, vice president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said he is confident many Filipinos will oppose the passage of House Bill 6330 or the Religious Freedom in Government Offices Act filed by Kabataan party list Rep. Raymond Palatino."

ABS-CBNNews.com reports: "Archbishop Socrates Villegas, vice president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said he is confident many Filipinos will oppose the passage of House Bill 6330 or the Religious Freedom in Government Offices Act filed by Kabataan party list Rep. Raymond Palatino."

 

The report quoted Villegas, who said, "Even before the Philippines existed, God was already here and God created the Philippines. Let's just see where he (Palatino) will go after this life. There is separation for Church and State but there is no separation of God and man. The Philippine Constitution itself invokes God Almighty."

 

The report noted that HB 6330 "seeks to ban religious activities including masses, prayers, Christmas parties and blessings in government premises" and "also pushes for the removal of religious symbols like the crucifix, Bible, and Koran in public offices." According to the report, Palatino noted that "displaying religious symbols and holding religious ceremonies in and around public offices could be seen as an endorsement of one particular religion."

 

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