Outrage After Philippine President Calls God ‘Stupid’

MANILA (Channel NewsAsia) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte faced growing outrage on Tuesday (June 26) in his largely Catholic nation after calling God “stupid,” the latest furor he has sparked with an unfiltered broadside.

Duterte took aim at the biblical creation story during a speech, raising the question of why God would create Adam and Eve and then expose them to temptation.

“Who is this stupid God?” the Philippine leader asked on Friday. “You created something perfect and then you think of an event that would tempt and destroy the quality of your work.” …

Duterte defended his comments in a speech on Monday, but on Tuesday his spokesman announced the president had formed a three-person committee for “dialogue” with religious groups about his comments.

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