To this day, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has remained unapologetic over his “stupid God” remark.
“If I choose not to believe in any God, what’s the “f… thing about it? It’s a freedom to choose one,” Duterte said in his speech in Cagayan de Oro.
And again, in his speech on June 22, Duterte ranted about God and called him stupid for the concept of “original sin.”
“Who is this stupid God? You created something perfect and then you think of an event that would destroy the quality of your work. How can you rationalize that God? How can you believe him? So now we’re all born with an original sin. Even in the womb, we already have sinned. What kind of religion is that?”
Duterte said his remarks about a “stupid God” was in connection with his frustration with Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox who has criticized his administration.
“Totoo naman (It’s true) and I said that, kung hindi itong mga bobo ‘to, I said that in connection with my statement against Sister Fox,” he said.
“I can take the insult of a garbage collector or a general or a mayor or anybody else’s for that matter. Ang hingin ko lang (What I ask) is that when you do it, you are a Filipino,” he added.
He slammed foreigners for thinking they have the lone “privilege” of insulting us. ”You are citizens, not of my country…You shut up,” the President said.
He also blasted his critics for calling him out over his “stupid God” remarks.
“Puro lang kayo daldal (You are all just talk)… I said you review the tapes. I told you, ‘Your god, is not my god because your god is stupid?’” he said.
“Mine has a lot of common sense. Now, why do you have to talk about religion?” he added.
Duterte on God, Catholics and Adam’s apple
There was, apparently, no love lost between President Rodrigo Duterte and the Catholic Church.
During his campaign, the President minced no words lambasting the church for the sexual molestation he allegedly suffered from a priest when he was in high school.
Two years into his six-year term, Duterte continues to attack the church.
“So God was lonely, so he created paradise and that’s planet Earth. And God said, ‘I will create man,’ so there was Adam. God found that Adam was lonely, so he took one of his ribs and created woman. But God doubted his creation so he tested it. He called a snake and told it to give an apple to Eve. Eve ate it and gave it to Adam. And so malice was born.”
“Who is this stupid God? You created something perfect and then you think of an event that would destroy the quality of your work. How can you rationalize that God? How can you believe him? So now we’re all born with an original sin. Even in the womb, we already have sin. What kind of religion is that?”
“Those priests and bishops, they didn’t elect me to office. Those idiots, they’re with the other side.”
“During my campaign, I felt like peeing, but son of a whore, it took three hours from Robinsons to the airport. I was late. So I said, son of a whore, Pope, you better leave now. I cursed him. Why did he come and cause such a traffic jam? We have a new religion when we get out of here: the church of Duterte. You have an obligation to make yourself happy.” (Source: Daily Mail)