President Duterte has lashed out at God himself, calling him a “stupid son-of-a-bitch“ for allowing the concept of original sin.
Speaking yesterday (Friday, June 22) the president began by retelling the story of Adam and Eve and how by eating the fruit of the forbidden tree they brought original sin upon humankind.
“Eve ate it and then woke Adam up and asked him to eat it as well. Adam ate it and then malice was born.
“Who is this stupid God? That son of a bitch is stupid if that’s the case,” he said during a summit in Davao City.
“You created something perfect and then you think of an event that would tempt and destroy the quality of your work.”
The president said he found it preposterous that babies should be born with the burden of original sin.
“Now all of us are born with an original sin. What is the original sin? Was it the first kiss? What was the sin? Why is it original. You’re still in your mother’s womb and yet to already have a sin?
“That was your mother and father’s deed, you weren’t born yet, but now you have original sin. What kind of religion is that? I can’t accept it. What a stupid proposition,” he said.
However, despite this tirade against the almighty, the president said he believed in a “universal mind”, despite not trusting organised religion and its institutions.
“I believe there is a universal mind. But to what extent is the influence of the – I cannot picture him as a human being…But I really believe, I have this faith and abiding thing about… but don’t believe in religion,” he said.
Servants of God also criticised
During his election campaign, Mr Duterte outraged Catholics when he cursed Pope Francis for causing traffic chaos during a papal visit to Manila.
Then, earlier this month, he again railed against the God of the Old Testament during a visit to South Korea
These remarks earned him a stinging rebuke from Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, who wrote: “The list of cuss words against God is endless. God is still God and those who have cursed Him are now dust.
“When you spit upwards, your spit will return to your face. The more you spit at God, the more spit you bring to your face. It is the law of gravity. It is also the law of divine justice.
“Dear children, as for those who dare to teach you error, pray for them and forgive them. They might be insane or possessed. They need God. They need your prayers and love and compassion.”
Other critics have pointed out that the president’s tirades against the Church could have emboldened those behind the killing of three priests in recent months.
In response to this charge, the president this week insisted that he respected the church.