The election of an anti-clerical, pro-gay, pro-Muslim socialist as president of the once staunchly Catholic Philippines is yet one more instance of the universally observed trend:
- Democracy always, always leads populations away from the Catholic faith.
- Democracy nearly always energizes Islam. (The only exception I know is Iran. Maybe there’s a Shia vs. Sunni difference here.)
If salvation of souls is the most important thing, was the Philippine Church not foolish to undermine the Marcos dictatorship? Filipinos would be much more likely to attain heaven in a dictatorship than in a democracy.
Catholicism is hierarchical, authoritarian, dogmatic, and difficult. Outside an authoritarian matrix, it quickly becomes unpopular. Islam (at least Sunni Islam) is egalitarian, demagogic, perpetually aggrieved–a perfect religious fit to democracy.
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