The Necessity of Atheism and Agnosticism in the Philippines

‎”A man has no reason to be ashamed of having an ape for his grandfather. If there were an ancestor whom I should feel shame in recalling it would rather be a man who plunges into scientific questions with which he has no real acquaintance, only to obscure them by an aimless rhetoric….”

— Thomas Henry Huxley

“Without education and liberty, which are the soil and the sun of man, no reform is possible , no measure can give the result desired.”
— Jose Rizal

Due to major belief systems that we adopted from outdated religiosity, the Philippine society becomes detrimental to its aims of social progress and global participation. The Filipino belief system of fatalism instils on every Filipino that we lack control of our own lives and we are incarcerated to the destiny bestowed upon us.

The Filipino belief system, due to its cultural dogmatism and unrealistic expectations, teaches us to prejudice among fellow citizens; in turn we also become self-victimizing due to the projection of our judgements to others. Enforcing on us to attaining the unattainable keeps us distracted in our daily lives, frustrating us with ideal hope thus affecting our self-esteem.

The Filipino belief system acknowledge an appeal to elite or over reliance to authorities, as the majority believes that a messiah or a group of messiahs are the only ones capable of leading them to salvation. The Filipino belief system keeps us hoping for a savior to liberate us, rather we save ourselves. This belief system affirms that we are weak and there is a higher power in nature that controls us.

As atheists and agnostics, the Philippine Atheist and Agnostics Society promotes choice, responsibility and acknowledgment of unique self among citizens. We know that every human being have the inalienable rights to choose and shape their lives. We know that every human being is responsible to his or her own decisions and he or she could solve personal problems by solution-based thinking. We know that every human beings, particularly Filipinos, never have to acknowledge the elite class; every person is unique in intelligence and creativity.

We predict that the detrimental belief systems mentioned above are the fruits of an imposition of outdated religious-based ethics in the society.These organized totalitarian sects insists that God has the power to manipulate our fate, that we are always weak, and there is no one to trust but God and his messiahs. Worse, this kind of thinking doesn’t just keeps us off the truth, but affects our personal growth as human beings, as they lead us to laziness, blaming attitude and fanaticism to the richest personalities in the Philippines.

The more religion-based morality is imposed, the more the nation becomes detrimental. We promote skepticism and scientific inquiry, as well as atheism/agnosticism in society.

We are for pure scientific education, most specifically, sex education and evolution. In these studies we may learn our objective moral values and understand our purpose as we live.

We are critical against supernatural claims, and we believe that insistence of the paranormal in our science curriculum slows the education of every potential harbingers of scientific enlightenment in the Philippines. These spiritualism will resort us back to the detrimental belief systems as mentioned above.We have learned, and we must act against this.

The Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society promotes unity among Filipino atheists and agnostics, and promote camaraderie among its members, and the Philippine society in return. We are for the education of our fellow atheists and agnostics, and to help them realize how relevant this issue is in their daily lives.


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