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Chuch Pastor Explains 12 Compelling Reasons Why Oppose SOGIE Bill

Gretchen Diez and Pastor Norman Sison Lao
A Church Pastor in Iloilo posted on Facebook his disapproval on the SOGIE Bill. Pastor Norman Sison Lao elaborated 12 reasons as to why he opposes passage of the said bill.

He emphasized that he is against SOGIE not because he hates the LGBTQ+ community but for some reasons that may affect other people outside their orientation.

Read his full statement below:

by Norman Sison Lao

𝗪𝗘 𝗢𝗣𝗣𝗢𝗦𝗘 𝗦𝗢𝗚𝗜𝗘 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝘄𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗟𝗚𝗕𝗧𝗤+. 𝗪𝗲 𝗱𝗼 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺. 𝗪𝗲 𝗱𝗼 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗼𝗽𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗦𝗢𝗚𝗜𝗘 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗱𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻𝘀.

𝑯𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒚 𝒘𝒆 𝒐𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒊𝒕:

1. SOGIE is unfair to STRAIGHT PEOPLE. For example, we will be penalized for "hurting their feelings" with P100,000-500,000 plus 1-6 years imprisonment, while there is no provision of law that LGBTQ+ people will be penalized if they hurt ours.

2. There are provisions in SOGIE that can be used to curtail our exercise of religious freedoms. For example, we cannot speak in public to express what we know is the truth.

3. The Bible, the basis of our faith and practice since the time of Jesus Christ, might be banned because of the provision that all media that "discriminates against" LGBTQ+ will not be allowed for circulation.

4. There is a provision in the SOGIE Bill that will impose LGBTQ+ teaching upon our children since they will be integrated in all educational institutions. This will include sex education from the point of view of homosexuality.

5. The claim that the SOGIE Bill will empower women is CONFUSING since there is no "W-omen" in L.G.B.T.Q."

6. There is NO NEED for SOGIE. If the LGBTQ+ community needs a CR for themselves, let them file a Bill that addresses that specific issue such as "LGBTQ+ CR Bill" that will require all establishments to build a CR for them.

7. The SOGIE Bill is NOT for Equality, but clearly for Preferential Treatment of members of the LGBTQ+ over the rest of the people. This is quite clear in the recent transgender CR fiasco where the transgender was given more media mileage and government attention compared to the Straight Janitress.

8. The SOGIE Bill does not address discrimination. It actually discriminates against Straight People. We already feel discriminated even when SOGIE is not yet a law.

9. The SOGIE Bill is deceptive. Why remove the "except for marriage" clause in the application for licenses in the Senate version of the Bill?

10. There are substantial provisions in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and other existing laws that protect the rights of LGBTQ+ people and the rest of the nation.

11. We cannot be forced to accept as normal and natural what we feel is not. To say that a trans-woman is a REAL WOMAN and expect all of us to accept that as "truth" is an imposition of one's thinking over the majority of the Filipinos. (Even though this does not appear in the SOGIE Bill the fact is that it was commented by one of the strongest proponents of the SOGIE Bill.)

12. We are apprehensive what a SOGIE LAW will do to our nation. One advocate of the SOGIE Bill said that "gender must not be assigned at birth" which, for us, is a revelation of what is at the heart of the SOGIE Bill: the imposition of the LGBTQ+ will on the MAJORITY of the Filipino people.

𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝘄𝗲 𝗼𝗽𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗢𝗚𝗜𝗘 𝗕𝗶𝗹𝗹.

Submitted with all due respect.


𝗡𝗢𝗧𝗘: 𝗡𝗼 𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗾𝘂𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗹𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗻𝗼 𝗵𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗱𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘂𝘀𝗲𝗱.

Source: Norman Sison Lao