Friday, April 14, 2006

It's an annual thing: Good Friday crucifixions in the Philippines

Yahoo! has video (warning: graphic) of Filipinos who voluntarily have themselves nailed to the cross. It's happened every Good Friday for God knows how long. The superficially informed news report initially says that people do it to "reenact the final hours of Jesus Christ," but it properly expands it later on to include those who are repenting of sins, seeking cures for sick relatives, and to fulfill vows.

I've known about it for a long time. It's done in Pampanga, my mother's home province. She's seen them dragging their crosses down the road, and even crucified. I personally wouldn't have the stomach to go anywhere near eyesight.

The soundbite that stuck in my craw came from a Canadian tourist: "Obviously people care very deeply about it, and they're very committed to doing something like this, so, it's fantastic to watch people so committed to, to, uh, to their religion and to their faith."

Yes, well, Michelle Malkin wrote today about a different religion's adherents who are very committed to their religion. And let's also not forget what others did, prompted by their strong devotion to their religion:

So yeah, let's celebrate every instance of how "fantastic" it is when someone's so "committed" to his faith. Good idea.


Blogger tmcmaster said...

You're an idiot. Flying a plane into a building as a way to reach martyrdom and recieve 72 virgins is quite different from re-enacting the wounds of the Savior. Praising Christ by means that harm no one but the praiser isn't the bloodthirsty murder of infidels. If you can't or won't see the 'subtle' differences in a religious practice and the perversion of religion, then you aren't worth the air you so greedily breath through your mouth.

Thursday, September 13, 2007 4:10:00 PM  
Blogger Perry Eidelbus said...

Next time, dumbass, actually bother to read what someone wrote. I wasn't comparing the two at all.

My point still stands: that tourist was ridiculous to make a blanket statement about how "fantastic" it is for people to be "so committed to, uh, to their religion and to their faith." There is nothing intrinsically "fantastic," good or admirable about mere religious adherence.

Let me guess, you're one of those hypocrites who goes to church on Sunday, maybe to confession twice a week and 6 a.m. mass several times a month, then goes online and feels free to call someone an idiot?

Pull the beam out of your eye before telling me to pull the speck out of mine -- surely you've heard that one before.

Thursday, September 13, 2007 7:07:00 PM  

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