Manny Pacquiao may be a superstar in the boxing ring, but he’s an embarrassment as a politician.
Pacquiao was elected to the House of Representatives in the Philippines last year and he’s finally entered into a debate on a controversial issue: Contraception.
Pacquiao wants to stop the government from issuing condoms to people who can’t afford them… because safe sex is somehow immoral to him. By doing this, he’s siding with the Catholic Church, which has proven time and time again to be light-years behind the times when it comes to sex education.
Unfortunately, he’s not in the minority:
Almost 80 percent of Filipinos are Catholic, a legacy of the Philippines’ Spanish colonial past, and the church has helped to lead two revolutions over the past 25 years while ensuring abortion and divorce remain illegal.
And what about overpopulation that could result? Pacquiao doesn’t care.
“God said, ‘Go out and multiply.’ He did not say, just have two or three kids,” Pacquiao said following a meeting with bishops on Tuesday, shortly after returning from Las Vegas and his latest boxing victory over Shane Mosley.
“It’s sinful to use condoms and commit abortion,” he said in one interview with the media this week.
When asked if family planning was needed to control the country’s booming population, he said:” “My parents were poor… they had four children, it was very difficult but we persevered.”
See? There you go. Screw condoms. Pacquiao’s family made it, so everyone else’s family should be ok, too.
He sounds downright Republican. He even has the hypocrisy angle working for him:
Nevertheless, Pacquiao has had to endure some bruises by stepping into the political ring this week, with his opponents accusing him of hypocrisy after he admitted that his wife used to take the pill as a form of birth control.
A perfect example of, “Do as I say, not as I do.” I don’t know why Pacquiao and his allies can’t simply not use birth control themselves. No, they feel the need to legislate their morality on everybody else — in this case, they’re hurting the people who can least afford to have children. It’s a completely irresponsible policy decision.
The good news is it may be another year before this bill becomes (or doesn’t become) a law. Maybe, in that time, there will be enough backlash from his fans to make him come to his senses.
(Thanks to Dane for the link!)