Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has a reputation for rambling public statements, violently cracking down on the drug trade and cursing world leaders, recently took his vitriol to an unexpected place. The president of Asia’s largest Catholic country called God a “stupid son of a bitch.” During a televised speech, Duterte lambasted the biblical account of creation found in Genesis. Duterte asked why God would create Adam and Eve only to allow them to succumb to temptation and so destroy their purity and curse their descendants.

“Who is this stupid God?” asked Duterte. “This son of a bitch is really stupid…You were not  involved but now you’re stained with an original sins…What kind of religion is that? That’s what I can’t accept, very stupid proposition.”

Duterte went on to pose a rhetorical question to the Christian country and is undoubtedly unhappy with the answers he was given despite the question’s rhetorical nature. “How can you rationalize a God? Do you believe?” he asked. The response from the country was far from the one Duterte was no doubt hoping to receive. Instead of questioning their faith, many Catholics slammed Duterte.

Senator Panfilo Lacson, a former police chief, has often backed Duterte’s policies but felt that the president had gone much too far in his recent remarks. “I pray every single day and with [God] I’ve found solace and comfort in all my difficult times, I don’t even have to think of my choice,” said Lacson. “May my God forgive [Duterte] and make him atone for all his sins.”

Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said Duterte’s remarks were “very much consistent with the deceitfulness, heartlessness and ruthlessness of his policies…[He is] one evil man.”

Catholic Bishop Arturo Bastes similarly described Duterte as a “madman” and urged Filipinos to pray for Duterte’s “blasphemous utterances and dictatorial tendencies” to come to an end. “Duterte’s tirade against God and the Bible reveals again that he is a psychological freak, a psychopath, an abnormal mind who should not have been elected as president of our civilized and Christian nation.”

Despite the outrage, Duterte was not dissuaded from continuing to disparage God. In a second speech a few days later, Duterte asked why people wanted to “bind [him] with something very stupid.”

Outrage among Filipino Catholics is not entirely new, especially after Duterte cursed Pope Francis for having triggered terrible traffic in Manila during his 2015 visit. This time, however, Catholics such as Ruperto Santos feel that Duterte has “crossed a line” with his inflammatory remarks. How Catholics will continue to respond remains to be seen.

More from Beliefnet and our partners
previous posts

Remembering the millions of men, women and children who died at the hands of the Holocaust is part of our past that we must commit to reflecting on, even with the passage of time. Speaking to pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square January 26th, the pope said that “in the face of this immense tragedy, this […]

A new video by The Lincoln Project, a newly formed Republican organization against Donald Trump, mocks Trump supporters for worshiping “The MAGA Church.” The ad intertwines clips of Trump talking about faith with videos of him speaking crudely. It also features Bible verses, such as Matthew 7:15 which states “Beware of false prophets, which come […]

Georgia Rep. Barry Loudermilk is generating a lot of buzz right now for comparing the impeachment process of President Donald Trump to the Trial of Jesus. Loudermilk whose district covers a large part of Atlanta’s northern suburbs, spoke at Trump’s impeachment hearing and made these controversial remarks: “When Jesus was falsely accused of Treason, Pontius […]

Less Americans are giving to charity and it may not be for the reason you’re thinking. Giving has dropped significantly between 2000 and 2016 according to a study released from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Vanguard Charitable. This decline points to 20 million fewer households donating to charity versus 2000. Money […]