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Oct 14, 2007

What?


Thanks to Weird Elle for taking time to document this graffiti. If you look closer or at least zoom the photo in, the word "priest" was blotched. The comments are right and that erased word was indeed "priest."

Delving on this topic, would just let me rant about the priests that serve on this island. Yes. Majority of these priests are believed to be pretty alternative in their lifestyles. One priest according to sources even owns partly one of the gay clubs/bars in Manila. I don't mean to demean any one here especially the subject of the grammarians in the comment section.

Priest or no priest, however, being gay is never illegal.

28 comments:

Boni said...

I saw that too and was very disturbed by it.

bradinthesand said...

disturbed by the poor spelling or the illegible message? either way, it's been there a long time and is about as stupid as the people who painted it.

but are gays illegal?

lil_hammerhead said...

I was disturbed as well.. but the misspelling and obvious lack of cohesive thought shed some light on the depth of the individual who painted this.

Boni said...

Disturbed that our students would be so intolerant of others and that they would continue to publicly show their ignorance. We try very hard to address issues like this in our school and we hoping we make a difference. If this was done by kids, I am sad. If it was done by adults, shame on them.

Anonymous said...

Shame. I also noticed that the outside columns of the public library have graffiti written on them. More shame.

Pragmatic Plato said...

See it is the our government. No one believes me when I say that everyone here is sad and upset because of the government. Now if I can just find that Public Law that we passed making it illegal to be happy in the CNMI maybe I can lobby to ammend it.

Boni said...

Wha?

Bruce A. Bateman said...

The word that is marked out above 'gays' is Priest. I have seen this graffiti written in several places around the island now.

Maybe someone had a bad experience with a local priest. Or maybe it is just some hateful anti Catholic sentiment. Hard to tell. Whoever it is could use some tutoring over at Boni's second grade class.

Island Dyke said...

Well if Bruce is right about the marked out word being 'Priest' I have to say this is not your typical graffiti artist marking a territory, however, it could be a cry out to the public....this ties in with my blog question: Should prominent community figures in Saipan be held accountable to be honest about their sexual orientation? ....perhaps I could ask... Should prominent community figures who promote the thoughts that being gay is immoral and yet they participate in homosexual activities themselves be held accountable?

lil_hammerhead said...

"Priest" is the vandal's nickname. I've seen it around as well.

With regard to community figures being held accountable.. for what? For being deceptive? It's disgusting but not illegal. We all know who they are, politicians, a priest or two, community figures. Most are married with families and kids. Most think they've hidden this secret. Pretending to be the good Catholics. It's disgusting and only serves to perpetuate this kind of intolerance.

Being gay is genetic. They've identified gay genes. There are gay animals. Get over it already.

And I'm aiming that "get over it already" at the bigots, the homophobes, in-the-closet gaybashers and churches. You perpetuate this kind of hate.

bradinthesand said...

gay genes are available at the gap for $39.95.

Pilgrim said...

What I wonder about is why, in a supposedly highly religious and catholic society, there are hardly any (maybe none?) local priests in the local churches? Most seem to be contract workers from the Philippines, doing the work of the church, like contract workers doing most of the other real work on the Island as well. Does anyone have a "calling" in our community? I guess not.

Of course, being a priest in the Philippines has an entirely different meaning. It's a growth industry since there is quite a bit of money in it for the men of the cloth. Salvation for sale is what I see in the provinces.

Many Filipinos that I know just shrug their shoulders and say.. why do they need a vow of poverty? They are already poor and being a priest is a job like any other. I suppose that's true enough. But when the "poor boxes" are raided to provide luxuries for the priests, it becomes hypocritical.

Some priests I know spend 90% of their time traveling around, staying with the faithful, are wined and dined, drinking top shelf liquor, hanging out in the gay bars until 5 AM partying with the "sinners", and seem not to realize (or care) that the people that they are sponging from are afraid to say no. Could it be parishoners live in fear of their local priests and the repercussions should they speak out.

I would be very careful of having my young boys around any person in a profession that did not permit marriage or heterosexual intercourse among it's members. Homophobic? I don't think so.

rev said...

i know a priest here, not gay, but he plays golf every week and all his equipment and gears were from generous and rich people on the island, providing this priest all the luxury in golf. wow, speaking of public service huh. oh well, some priest play golf and others play something else.

rev said...

brad's genes have gaps? ;-)

bradinthesand said...

...you can find out for $39.95 ;)

lil_hammerhead said...

A golf-playing priest.. now that's a new one on me. Maybe he's bringing the word to the corporate sinners?

Anonymous said...

better his own balls than someone elses ....golf balls that is :)

rev said...

lol thats funny...

Anonymous [#2708] said...

Pilgrim, it would seem your experience with priests is in the Philippines and not the CNMI. There are three indigenous priests (Frs. Ike, Sid, and Jesse) with two more candidates at the minor seminary in Oregon. Is Fr. Patrick Garcia from the CNMI or Guam? Don't forget Bishop Camacho, of course, and the late Msgrs. Guerrero and Martinez and Fr. Roger.

Compared to ordination rates in the U.S. mainland, this is pretty good considering the size of the population and especially how long higher education has been available here.

Perhaps the solution to a need for more vocations is prayer, and not being afraid to encourage your own sons or friends to discern if they have a calling to the priesthood and to support them if they do.

Many parents prefer an easier, less stressful career for their sons, or want the joys of being grandparents.

Small families are diminishing the number of vocations in the developing world. We must be open to life!

lil_hammerhead said...

And large families are eating up all of the resources of the developing world and causing a continuous cycle of poverty, hunger and general hardship.

bradinthesand said...

are gay priests illegal if they're j-walking?

Anonymous [#2708] said...

Lil, Malthusian theories have long ago been discredited. People solve more problems than they create.

Of course, anyone personally lacking confidence in the potential contributions of their own prospective children may guide himself accordingly.

The Writers said...

to sand (lol)

lil_hammerhead said...

.. and who discredited them? You? Ask the millions of desperate starving mothers of the earth how much confidence they have in the potential of their children's contributions to the planet, or their immediate situation.

lil_hammerhead said...

And by the way.. when your done with the starving mothers and children, ask the ozone layer, the rainforests, the oceans, the disappearing wildlife, and the plethera of new diseases how unproblematic humans have been. The fact is, we're eating up the earth and setting the stage for our demise, faster than any other dominant species before us.

lil_hammerhead said...

So says the cavegirl..

lil rev riding hood said...

uhmm...say that again. little lost here....

bradinthesand said...

"...and i was there to see it. i'm a cavestite! remember?"

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