Bible-quoting Pacquiao: ‘I’m not condemning anyone, but…’
Filipino boxing icon and Sarangani representative Manny Pacquiao cited a verse from the Bible to defend his statement against same-sex unions—a remark which drew flak on social media and did not sit well with some celebrities.
In a post on his Instagram account, Pacquiao clarified that he was not condemning anyone but he was only abiding with what the Bible supposedly said.
“I [would] rather obey the Lord’s command than obeying the desires of the flesh. [I’m] not condemning anyone, but I’m just telling the truth of what the Bible says,” the boxer-lawmaker said.
He then cited 1 Corinthians 6:9 which read: “ Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men.”
Pacquiao, a senatorial aspirant under the United Nationalist Alliance, ended his message with “God Bless everyone [I] love you all.”
The 37-year-old lawmaker who is on his second term in office, has his own Christian ministry.
Pacquiao was heavily criticized on social media after he said in a TV-5 interview that same-sex unions are “worse than animals.”
Celebrities Aiza Seguerra, Vice Ganda, and Perez Hilton also called out the boxer for his supposedly bigoted remark.
Pacquiao, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, placed eighth in the “magic circle of 12” circle for senator. AJH/IDL
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