In the Fritz Lang’s film M a great deal of time is spent on the reaction and actions of the citizens of the city to the news that a child serial killer walked amongst them. Debate and fights would break out during conversations about the killer and in more than one instance a crowd would beat-up a suspect – at one after what police said was misheard and repeated. The other day Manny Pacquiao found himself confronted by several citizens after the news broke out that in an interview he had allegedly quoted a passage in the Old Testament that called for death for homosexuals.
My first reaction was, Really? He said that? I knew that as of late Pacquiao has become more vocal in professing his belief. But never did he say something this extreme. Had Pacquiao bitten off more than he could chew?
On the whole I would like to think that I am quite tolerant of opinions contrary to my personal belief and a critical discussion is more than welcome: Pacquiao or any other person might disagree and it is fine. We are all entitled to our own belief. However, I do draw the line though when the opinion puts someone in harms way and abuse a person’s rights.
As the hours and days progressed one could feel and observe the galvanizing or polarizing almost everyone. There were modern call to arms – like petition signing to brands like Nike to cancel the ad contract with Pacquiao and name-calling like referring to Los Angeles to Sodom and the other city.
Here are two chronicles of the story on Pacquiao and now the misquote from Leviticus 20:13
And here are some articles written by Ampong leading to and after the interview:
The issue has now become a big tangled web of issues ranging from belief, religion, ethics and politics.
As of now Pacquiao claims he was misquoted and Granville Ampong the Conservative Examiner of examine.com claims his article was twisted. Although if you look at LA Weekly timeline it was mentioned that a staff from Village Voice noted that the article Ampong wrote had changed, although as of present no screen cap of article before the pandemonium has surfaced.
So now who is telling the truth?
Giving the benefit of the doubt to Ampong that this article had not been change. It would seem that Pacquiao was indeed misquoted. Upon reading the article itself is peppered or laced with passages and references from the bible – not a surprise since Ampong is a Conservative Examiner of examiner.com and Pacquiao is conservative. The biblical references and quotation though effectively wrapped themselves around Pacquiao rather than than Ampong, . The inclusion of Leviticus is damning by location and implication:
Pacquiao’s directive for Obama calls societies to fear God and not to promote sin, inclusive of same-sex marriage and cohabitation, notwithstanding what Leviticus 20:13 has been pointing all along: “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
Manny Pacquiao is news is an understatement. He is big news and it is not surprising that anything he says is news worthy. So on his part a more care in talking should be taken. HIs statements and action could be used or misinterpreted. And if indeed he says something as a matter belief he should be able and ready for the critical discourse that will follow, like Paul the Apostle, Martin Luther and Martin Luther King.
As for us. Well, I guess in the end each reader, each of us should be aware of Latin phrase Caveat Lector or in English Beware Reader: Reader Beware – always.
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About the writer Granville Ampong taken from the examiner.com
Granville Ampong, a freelance writer, is married with two kids in Los Angeles. A broadsheet columnist for the Philippine Media, Granville loves to explore his own heritage, culture, and politics affecting the society as a whole. He is the curator and founder of the Investigative Agency of Journalists which has been responsible in the pre-election 2010 polls survey for the hotly contested congressional seat in Sarangani, Philippines, that is between Superstar Manny Pacquiao and business tycoon Roy Chongbian. Granville won first place in the International Speech Contest in 2000. He is also an accredited deadline/lead writer for Maharlikan Times and the famous Philboxing.com. He holds Bachelors of Business Administration and English, a graduate diploma in Professional Journalism,and a Master of Business Administration. Contact Granville at firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Senator Harry Reid, a Democrat and a beneficiary of the Filipino votes which overwhelmingly gave him another term of office from the 2010 electoral campaign, got what he wanted in due time, but not his fellow Democrat U.S. President Barrack Hussein Obama whose endorsement to legalize same-sex marriage has met head-on reaction from the world’s No. 4 Forbes.com’s most influential athlete, Manny Pacquiao, a Philippine legislator who was reported to have visited him in his Oval Office at the White House early last year. Obama insists on non-biblical justification, saying, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you,” a twist based on the Golden Rule which is outside of the context of God’s everlasting command affecting marital relationship.
“God’s words first … obey God’s law first before considering the laws of man,” says Pacquiao, addressing Obama’s pronoucement on legalizing same-sex marriage during an exclusive interview Friday night with the National Conservative Examiner in his residence at the Palazzo Complex in Los Angeles here in California.
Engaging a radical shift as manifested by his insights shared during Bible studies which lasted more than one hour, around 10:00 p.m., with a song and his substantive prayer, Pacquiao counsels people to “just believe” what the Scripture says.
Pacquiao’s directive for Obama calls societies to fear God and not to promote sin, inclusive of same-sex marriage and cohabitation, notwithstanding what Leviticus 20:13 has been pointing all along: “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”
Pacquiao, bearing a conservative stance on the Reproductive Bill which is still pending in the Philippine Congress for approval even after contemptuous debates, believes the sweeping campaign of Obama favoring the gays and lesbians to legally marry is nothing more than a direct attack on the moral society and against the creative power and will of God.
Pacquiao continues: “God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they so are in love with each other.”
“It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of Old.”
America should be the model of morality for other countries to emulate and must have the responsibility to uphold the Scripture to the highest order of God’s command, he adds.
Conversely, Pacquiao respects Obama’s sweeping call to strengthen his political support from the grassroots. But, he implies Obama must read “the manual of life” for better living, which is the Holy Scripture, and follow the precepts that “God” wants us to embrace.
Pacquiao believes same-sex marriage is an abomination and its advancement should be stopped starting from the high offices of the U.S. to block possible legalization.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao has not expressed, as well, support for Obama’s presidential candidacy for this coming November elections, nor did he ever mention of possibly declining endorsement which might be sought by the Obama campaign strategists.
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Special thanks to Guillermo “Jimmy” Zuño who made this exclusive interview with Manny Pacquiao possible.
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