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Posted by: Flin Jun 27 2018, 08:36 AM
‘Who Is This Stupid God?’ For His Latest Insult, Duterte Aims High
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President Rodrigo Duterte has been at odds with the Philippines’ powerful Catholic Church, which has actively opposed his war on drugs.

Disparaging remarks about God by President Rodrigo Duterte have led to his sharpest clash yet with leaders of the Philippines’ politically powerful Roman Catholic Church, who on Tuesday accused him of attacking the beliefs held by the vast majority of the country.

“God has been called insulting names — words we always told you not to say or even write,” Archbishop Socrates Villegas said in a statement released Tuesday that was addressed to members of his archdiocese. “You are even being challenged to leave this church of your birth, the church of your grandparents.”

The archbishop was responding to a speech Friday in which Mr. Duterte cast doubt on the biblical story of creation, asking why God had created Adam and Eve only to let them be tempted and fall from grace.

“Who is this stupid God? This son of a bitch is then really stupid,” Mr. Duterte said. “How can you rationalize a God? Do you believe?”

Such epithets are routine for the tough-talking president, but applying them to God appeared to be a first for him, and the remarks startled even some of his supporters in this highly religious country, which is more than 80 percent Catholic. Mr. Duterte, who said he had stopped going to Mass after his mother died, also said that the notion of original sin was a “very stupid proposition.”®ion=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=7&pgtype=sectionfront

It's not the the Catholic church being offended that he needs to worry about.

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