“But what’s more appalling is that the Jesuit and Christian Brother administrations of Ateneo and La Salle didn’t reprimand their faculty members for openly defying the bishops. Ateneo said it respects the academic freedom of its professors: it had nothing to say about the intellectual dishonesty of its faculty members who are teaching in and receiving high salaries from a Catholic institution who however chose to bite the hand that feeds them all in the name of academic freedom.”
“The Ateneo and La Salle professors therefore have been treated with kid gloves by the Jesuits and the Christian Brothers. Although they’re religious and members of Catholic orders, the Jesuits and Christian Brothers have failed to uphold orthodoxy and defend the Church. As far as the RH bill and support for it among their faculty are concerned, they’re lemons. And as far as the Pro-RH Ateneo and La Salle professors are concerned, they’re dishonest and don’t have the courage of their intellectual conviction. Contradicting the bishops and defending the RH bill, they have clung on to their faculty membership in Catholic institutions. They want to have their cake and eat it, too. They’re intellectual mercenaries, nothing more, nothing less.”
“But alas, it seems intellectual honesty and moral conviction are in such short supply in Katipunan, Quezon City and Taft Avenue, Manila.”
~ Anonymous dude in the Editorial Board of the Varsitarian
Just because I don’t want to waste any more time on that Varsitarian article (but I am letting you read it in case you want to find out why I’m writing this post in the first place ), I’m just going to post a Lemon here
I seriously do not get the lemon reference nor do I get why this person hates lemons. Lemons are rich in Vitamin C and very nutritious! Heck we even put lemon in our water to… make it taste better! My grandma also eats lemons, she can eat the whole fruit! tsk tsk
I am going to post this awesome and funny rebuttal (it’s in Taglish or Conyo English, so mix of Tagalog/English. Sorry International friends, you may have trouble reading it) instead and let him do the talking. It’s really a great and refreshing read. Some quotes for you to read.
“How can you make tawag them “coward” when they make tayo nga for what they believe in? Isn’t that so tapang to make sabi your stand on RH bill kahit pa there’s like a huge potential that your employers will make sipa you out of the school? And you call them duwag? Are you kidding me?”
“You also sabi that these profs “do not have the courage of their intellectual conviction.” Do you like intindi what you’re writing about? Or maybe you just do not intindi anything at all. I’ll make ulit for you, how can they not have tapang of their intellectual conviction if they went out of their way nga just to state rationally, logically, scientifically, conscientiously and objectively their beliefs about RH bill. This despite the katotohanan that they work for Catholic institutions, and that they mismo are Catholic.”
“But you are tama naman in one thing. Na “it takes guts to be a Catholic nowadays.” I know that the Ateneo and La Salle profs have guts because of what they had said and done. Like heavy guts talaga! Unlike other Katolikos who are just sunud-sunuran to what the pari make sabi all the time, without using their God-given utak.”
Just to be clear, I believe that UST’s stand and point of view is TOTALLY DIFFERENT from this writer’s. I still respect UST and her students. Just maybe not this one dude.