Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte stunned religious people across the globe when, during a speech at a science and technology conference, he said he would resign as president if someone can prove to him the existence of God.
Washington Examiner has the story:
While addressing a crowd at a science and technology conference, he asked for proof of “one single witness” who was able to “talk and to see God.” If given this evidence, Duterte said he would immediately resign from leading the prominently Roman Catholic country.
“Where is the logic of God there?” the Filipino president, as Washington Examiner reports.
The president then went after a theological doctrine associated with Judaism and Christianity, the original sin which followed the Adam and Eve.
And, “Who is this stupid God? This son of a b**** is then really stupid. You were not involved, but now you’re stained with an original sin. What kind of a religion is that? That’s what I can’t accept, very stupid proposition.”
CNN reports that he also said, “And if there is anyone of you there, the noisy ones, who would say that you have been to heaven, and talked to God and saw him personally and that he exists, the God that is yours. And if that is true, I will step down from the Presidency tonight.”
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Senator Antonio Trillanes IV retorted Duterte’s comments and described him as “one evil man,” Associated Press reports. The Senator said the president’s remarks were “very much consistent with the deceitfulness, heartlessness, and ruthlessness of his policies.”
Here’s more from the report:
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque has defended his remarks, saying Duterte has the right to express his opinion on religion and cited the president’s previous disclosure that he was once sexually abused by a priest.
Duterte on Friday recalled that experience, when he said he and other students were fondled by a foreign Jesuit priest, who has since died.
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Despite the comments, Duterte is set to meet with the head of the largest association of Catholic bishops on Monday, Associated Press reports. “Filipino bishops opened an annual conference in Manila Saturday and were expected to address Duterte’s tirades when they conclude their meeting on Monday,” the report adds.