In the Philippines, the LGBT community is treated even worse than in America. Not coincidentally, church and state are closely intertwined.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday rejected Ang Ladlad for party-list accreditation on the grounds that the party advocates “sexual immorality” and “immoral doctrines.”
Ang Ladlad is an organization of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT).
In a ruling dated November 11, the Comelec said that although the party presented proper documents and evidence for their accreditation, their petition is “dismissable on moral grounds.”
In short, the political party for LGBT people has been dismissed and will not become official because they are being accused of “sexual immorality” and being a threat to Filipino youth.
Not surprisingly, COMELAC quoted the Bible and Koran in its ruling.
Atheist Ryan Tani is appalled by this. He and other non-theists are taking a stand:
In any case, the religious biases of three (or six) individuals should not be imposed on the millions who have their own beliefs, not to mention their own equal, unalienable human rights.
I don’t want to spend any more time talking about why COMELEC’s ruling is an atrocity. This is no longer the time for talk. It’s time to take action.
If you support Ang Ladlad, the LGBT movement, and the Human Rights movement, if you want to protect the freedom and equality granted by our secular Constitution, then join us tomorrow.
The details on that meeting can be found here.
They have an uphill climb but it makes me proud that the non-theists represent the side that supports civil rights for everyone. We’re on the right side of history, regardless of the country. Even the religious people will come along… eventually. But groups like the Filipino Freethinkers and Filipinos for Secular Government are leading the way.
(Thanks to everyone for the link!)