Religion and Violence: Why Religious People are Attracted to Authoritarian Power?

by Nestor Ravilas

“Why dictatorship keeps on coming back again and again?” asked by Shalmali Guttal of the Global South during the talk on the Rise of Populist Authoritarianism that featured Walden Bello and other international political thinkers. The talk basically calls out the emergence of dictatorship, not only in the Philippines and in the US, but in the global context. What is more alarming is the deliberate effort to efface history of mass killings and genocide committed by past despotic leaders which is obviously being carried out to pave the way for the rise of this new totalitarianism. I thought at first that this phenomenon is constrained only in the “German Debate” where Jurgen Habarmas himself feisty contested this eradication of the atrocities of Shoa (Holocaust) to liberate, as its proponents aggressively argued, Germany from the horror of its past crimes against humanity. This trend, as spilled by the panelists, is actually global, and the Philippines is riding the tide in trying to eliminate or dampen the horror of the Marcos regime, obviously, to give way to Duterte’s brand of authoritarianism.

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The Primacy of Ethics in Christian Education

by Nestor Ravilas

They are re-posting every fake news available in the net. Call their attention on such impropriety and they would just shrug off their shoulders, then, tomorrow they would parade again another set of fake news from malicious sources. They love joining the throng in maligning those perceived enemies of the state. They are always ready to assist in everything they can in disseminating malicious rumors. And worst, they applaud and encourage the brutal killing of suspected addicts as if addiction is the most irreversible and irredeemable pathology this world could have, unmindful, on the other hand, of true and injurious criminals who are roaming free and unscathed simply because they are friends to the power. And just recently, they are up to provide biblical support on the reactivation of capital punishment, a legalized form of killing. These are professing Christians, known as leaders of both big and small religious congregations, Bible believing people. And that is the twist of this show!

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