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Conversation with Brian Dela Masa — Member, Humanist Alliance Philippines, International

2022-12-15

Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

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

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/06/11

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Was there a family religious environment?

Brian Dela Masa: I wouldn’t consider it as a religious environment. We just went through the motions like most christians do. We try to go to mass every sunday. We pray the rosary every halloween.

Jacobsen: How did you come to find religion as not for you?

Masa: I started having doubts while watching bishops lie through their teeth about contraceptives on tv. I found a group in facebook that was also fraustrated as I am about church leaders. It got me into researching about religion.

Jacobsen: Why do you think people are drawn to religion?

Masa: People can’t help it. They were raised with some form of religious belief.

Jacobsen: What is the best argument for humanism?

Masa: We only have each other.

Jacobsen: How did you find HAPI?

Masa: I was a part of PATAS before it branched off to HAPI.

Jacobsen: Why is the organization important in a largely religious country?

Masa: People should know that there are alternatives to religion.

Jacobsen: Does religion have sway over politics there?

Masa: Yes. It took an eternity to pass the reproductive health bill. And we’re the only country in the world without divorce.

Jacobsen: Is there a way in which religion can be weakened and more tolerable, and so away from the fundamentalisms that it is prone to?

Masa: People should be aware that religion and politics does not mix. That not favoring any religion would ultimately be beneficial to all religions.

Jacobsen: How many people believe in the devil, angels, ghosts, and so on in the Philippines?

Masa: Most Filipinos.

Jacobsen: Any final feelings or thoughts?

Masa: A person’s beliefs is only a part of the person. We should always find the middle ground for us to get along.

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