I haven’t really been following the controversy surrounding the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) ministers. I know some Manalo guy appeared in Youtube and some ministers were purportedly abducted. I don’t know enough to form an opinion or to do some in-depth analysis. It sounds like some family squabble that just got out of hand. I am not entirely sure why they are up in arms against De Lima. All I know is that some INC minister sought help from the DOJ and she processed the complaint. I really don’t know what she did wrong there.
As far as I am concerned, the INC is a cult. Go through this checklist and you can see what I mean. Do the INC members “excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment to its leader?” Yup. Does its leadership dictate how members should think, act, and feel? INC is known for its bloc-voting so that’s a definite yes. And as evidenced by the rallies along EDSA, with the INC members waving placards of “church-state separation,” they clearly feel that their leaders should not be held accountable to any authority except to the INC.
Our constitution allows freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. The INC had obtained the appropriate permits so they are within their constitutional rights to assemble and express whatever grievance they have, ridiculous and obnoxious that it may be. I am pretty sure that a majority of them don’t have the slightest clue what church-state separation means. As far as I am concerned, most of them are morons and I don’t want to devote a lot of time discussing and analysing moronic behaviour. Yes that’s an insult and disrespectful but I too have a constitutional right to speak my mind.
One thing is for sure – we can learn a lot about people on how they handled this situation. With this incident, we now have better knowledge on what kind of leader Poe, Binay, and Roxas will be. We have better insight on what goes in the mind of Escudero and Duterte. We also know that not all INC members are brainless lemmings.
Yes I really don’t care about the INC. Their antics don’t really affect me. They had caused a massive traffic gridlock but I don’t pass that route so it really didn’t affect me. Waze was slow that night but I was still able to get some routing advice. I pity those who were affected though. I heard that people were stuck for hours and got home after midnight. I would react differently if they had rallied around the Makati area but as of now the INC is for me simply insult and ridicule fodder.