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An Interview with Jesus Falcis — Full-Time Lecturer, Far Eastern University

2022-12-13

Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/01/25

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: When did you find humanism and irreligiosity?

Jesus Falcis: I found irreligiosity when I was in secondary school, when I was undergoing an identity crisis for being gay vis a vis my Catholic upbringing

I thought about the different religions that existed and how none could be true if every religion said theirs is the only true and correct one

Also thought about the internal contradictions of Catholicism and so rejected religion

I found humanism later in life during postgrad when there were a lot of debates about creationism, intelligent design, and other pseudo scientific religious theories vis a vis the rise of militant atheism

I found humanism to be more appealing as a belief system and as a political strategy than atheism because atheism is more rejectionist, it doesn’t tell people what to believe instead.

Jacobsen: What have been some difficulties in espousing these beliefs publicly?

Falcis: Personally, I haven’t experienced any difficulty about my humanist or irreligious belief given my progressive social circle. Most opponents or conservatives would attack me on my homosexuality, not my irreligiousity.

Jacobsen: What have been your major campaigns to advance the “frontier” — so to speak — of humanists and the irreligious?

Falcis: My advocacies or campaigns that advance humanism or irreligiousity would be the marriage equality petition before the Supreme Court and debate lectures about social constructs on sex, sexuality, and gender identity vis a vis dominant religious beliefs in the Philippines and elsewhere

Aside from that, social media posts against the Catholic Church and Iglesia ni Cristo and Manny Pacquiao when they forward establishment views and theocratic perspectives in sociolegal and political decision making.

Jacobsen: What is the main impediment to the full implementation of human rights in the Philippines?

Falcis: The main impediment to full implementation of human rights would be socioeconomic class — the dehumanization of the poor and the unfortunate uneducated ignorance of the struggling middle class leading to unprogressive beliefs on issues such as the war on drugs, sexuality, women’s rights, and others

Jacobsen: Is life more restrictive for the LGBTQ+ community compared to the rest of society, in law, in culture, in social interactions, in the media, and so on? In short, in all ways?

Falcis: Definitely more restrictive. Yes in all areas of life. LGBTs have to conform to certain stereotypes or acceptable LGBT social constructs such as the flamboyant or effeminate gay, the bisexual lipstick lesbian who caters more to the male gaze, and trans people who must be beautiful

Jacobsen: Why are you doing the work that you’re doing?

Falcis: I do the work that I do because I have been discriminated and I have experienced oppression — and I wouldn’t want others to go through what I’ve gone through and I believe no human being would want to be born in a world of discrimination and oppression.

Jacobsen: Is your life at risk?

Falcis: My life is at risk yes but only mildly — for now

Jacobsen: What is your message of hope for those i dire circumstances as humanists and he generally irreligious?

Falcis: My message of hope is that the youth right now are more progressive and irreligious than ever. Wait for them to come into power. Teach and reach more young people.

Jacobsen: Thank you for your time, Jesus.

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