President Rodrigo Duterte who has had faceoffs with the church and recently sparked outrage for calling God stupid, has announced that he will resign if anyone proves that God exists in his largely Roman Catholic country.
The Philippines President who questioned some of the basic tenets of the Catholic faith, including the concept of original sin, which he said taints even innocent infants and can only be removed through baptism in a church for a fee, asked in a speech at the opening of a science and technology event in southern Davao city;
“Where is the logic of God there?”
73-year-old Duterte who suggested that there must be a God or a supreme being that prevents billions of stars and celestial bodies from colliding in a frequency that could have long threatened the human race, said that if there’s “one single witness” who can prove, perhaps with a picture or a selfie that a human was “able to talk and to see God,” he will immediately resign.
“By the way, I believe in one Supreme God. I never said I do not believe in God. I am not agnostic. I am not an atheist. I just happen to be a human being believing there is a universal mind somewhere which controls the universe,” he said.
“So I do not believe in God? Yes, of course there is God,” he added.
“Bring me one person, just one, who would say, ‘Mayor, those silly guys from the Church told me to go to heaven and talk to God. There is really God. Here, we have a picture, I bought a selfie’,” he said in Filipino.
“You do that today, one single witness that there is a guy, a human being who was able to talk to see God,” he added. “Of the so many billions who had been on here [on earth], I just need one. And if there is one, ladies and gentlemen, I will announce my resignation immediately.”
The President also refuted the concept of original sin, which according to the Bible came when Adam and Eve were banished from Eden for disobeying God.
“So where is the logic of God there? You create the perfect thing and then spoil it with a snake and an apple and you give us a sin that we never agreed to commit and that is the original sin,” he said.
President Duterte also attacked the Church for collecting funds from the people to “maintain the palaces and the luxurious things that the rest of humanity do not have.”