“Mr. Gorbachev! Tear down this wall!”
This iconic quote was bellowed by former US president Ronald Reagan in a speech given in 1987 at the Brandenburg Gate in what was formerly West Berlin. The collapse of the Berlin Wall in the early 1990s helped bring about the prosperity of the German people, and most significantly, the destruction of the prison that the former Soviet Union built around the West Berliners.
The Berlin Wall symbolized the lack of freedom one had under unethical, authoritarian regimes. It separated loved ones, it denied opportunities for economic security for those caught on the wrong side, and nearly 600 people were shot and killed in attempts to cross from the less prosperous East Berlin to the successfully capitalist West Berlin (Berlin.de).
Just as the Berlin Wall stood and fell as a symbol of oppression, the walls and fencing currently being built and maintained at 36 Tandang Sora symbolize the lack of decency towards not just members of the Church, but towards fellow human beings.
The entrance remains blocked by a portable toilet.
Fencing is being constructed and maintained to close the property off.
The Manalos are being denied visitors who bring food and water, with the INC citing fears that they may contain weapons.
*By the way, why aren’t your guards just searching the supplies to confirm that there are no dangerous objects? I can’t seem to think of a reasonable objection to this idea. You have security personnel for a reason, no? I didn’t know Twinkies scared y’all so much!*
The denial of goods to Mr. Angel Manalo and Mrs. Lottie Manalo-Hemedez is simply unwarranted and in itself unethical. Blocking the door with a portable toilet, denying access to food and gas is disgusting and inhuman.
This is quite shocking to see from a church who goes out of its way to care for other people in the community. What makes the Manalos so different? You may consider them your enemies, but aren’t they humans deserving of love and care regardless?
Philippians 2:3-4 ESV
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
To the INC, if you are TRULY adamant on making the Church’s reputation appear pure, if you TRULY believe in the love we are supposed to have for one another, member and non member alike, then Mr. Manalo, tear down this wall!
Thanks for reading. I’ll try and have a longer piece up soon.