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MANILA, Philippines—Religious groups on Friday urged that the Manila concert of American pop singer Lady Gaga be banned to prevent her from influencing young Filipinos.

Catholic leaders called on followers of the Church to boycott Lady Gaga’s concert, which, they said, would promote godlessness.

“Her attitude seems to promote godlessness, offensive to any religion,” Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes, a member of the Permanent Council of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, told reporters.

Bastes said some of Lady Gaga’s songs were blasphemous. “People have the duty to discern the quality of entertainment,” he said. “Christians must exercise self-censorship to avoid shows that are harmful to their faith.”

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo called on the government to follow the leads of South Korea and Indonesia and ban Lady Gaga’s concert.

“We should protest that,” Pabillo said in an interview on Church-run Radio Veritas. “Indonesia and South Korea did not allow that concert because their governments saw that she is not a good influence, so I hope it will be the same here.”

Henrietta de Villa, chair of Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), agreed with Pabillo. “We are a Catholic country but look at the way she insults our faith and the way she tramples on our Lord,” she said. “We should stand up [for our faith]. We should not allow her to have a concert here.”

Malacañang won’t do anything to stop the concert. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said teenagers should seek advice from their parents before going to the concert. “We will not comment anymore,” Valte said.

Christian groups opposed the holding of Lady Gaga’s concert here. Speaking at a news conference in Mandaluyong City, angry leaders of various organizations under the United Christian Groups called Lady Gaga names and accused her of “symbolizing everything that is corrupt and demonic.”

Behind the row of a dozen pastors and bishops stood around 20 teenagers wearing white T-shirts that bore a crossed-out image of Lady Gaga, with a text that read “#stopladygagaconcert.”

“We believe that this concert is grossly blasphemous, immoral, lewd, obscene and carries demonic and occultic undertones that are insults to our God and are direct attacks against our Christian faith,” Fred Magbanua, one of the Christian leaders, said.

Magbanua said Lady Gaga’s concert “greatly endangers the hearts and minds of our young people, as it overtly promotes satanic worship and sexual perversity.”

The Christian leaders cited Lady Gaga’s songs “Born This Way,” which they said encouraged homosexuality, and “Judas,” which they claimed to be making a “mockery” of their “religious beliefs and moral fiber.”

In “Judas,” Lady Gaga describes herself as “a fame hooker and a prostitute.”

The Christian groups also criticized Lady Gaga’s skimpy outfits and outrageous costumes.

Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way Ball” concert will be held at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on May 21 and 22.

Mall of Asia Arena released a statement yesterday saying that as responsible venue provider “we have requested the production company to make the presentation entertaining, fun and stir away from controversial songs.”

Lady Gaga, five times Grammy winner and a best-selling recording artist, first performed in the Philippines on Aug.  11, 2009.

This time, however, she has become too controversial.

“This concert has to be banned,” said Manila Rep. Benny Abante, who is also a religious leader. “We will pray against it and do everything we can to oppose it on all fronts,” he said.

Abante warned the organizers and sponsors of the concert–Smart Telecom, SM and Ovation Productions Inc.–that the religious groups would go to court if the concert pushed through.

The concert, Abante said, would violate Article 201 of the Revised Penal Code, which says that any person who publicly exhibits or cause the exhibition of any indecent or immoral show that “offends race or religion” will be imprisoned for six months to six years.

“I am reminding Lady Gaga that unlike the Panamanian diplomat accused of rape, she does not have any diplomatic immunity … unless she wants to stay here for six years,” Abante said, referring to Erick Bairnals Shcks, a technical officer at the Panama Embassy, who fled Manila last week to avoid prosecution for rape.

Abante said his group had sent a letter to Pasay Mayor Tony Calixto asking him to stop the concert.

Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal and former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza also wrote Calixto, asking him to police Lady Gaga’s concert to make sure nothing immoral happens during the event.

Macalintal and Atienza reminded Calixto that Lady Gaga is known for her “controversial persona, racy getups and satanic lyrics [of her songs] that threaten to destroy children’s sense of morality.”

They also noted objectionable lines in Lady Gaga’s song “Judas.”

“I’m in love with Judas,” the song goes. “I’ll bring him down … A king with no crown.”

Macalintal and Atienza said “king with no crown” referred to Jesus.

Calixto issued a statement, saying he had formed a group that would monitor the concert.

He urged the concert organizer, Ovation Productions, to stay within the terms of the permit issued for the concert. The terms include provisions against nudity, obscenity and immorality.

The religious groups also planned to stage a series of protests against Lady Gaga starting 11 a.m. today.

Pointing out that Lady Gaga’s concert has been banned in Korea, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, the religious leaders said she should likewise be stopped from holding a concert here, as the Philippines is a “Christian country.”

Other groups opposing Lady Gaga’s concerts were The Intercessors for the Philippines, the Philippines for Jesus Movement, the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, Bible Mode Baptist Group, NFS Ministry, Metro Manila for Jesus Movement and Tribes and Nations Outreach.

The leaders of the groups also appealed to parents to forbid their children to watch the concert. With reports from Nathaniel R. Melican and Norman Bordadora


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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EISVG3E73H2NYEBBJI2TKYHRUY Common Sense

    Now, about that US nuclear submarine in Subic… 

  • beerhunters

    why don’t these groups protest about those pedophiles, sex fiends in the clergy? Bishops and priests that maintain “wives and mistresses” and bear children with them?? Is hypocrisy the secret trademark of religion??

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/G54K3XKMXZGJ3WBPXEPVKMRQKE tweener

      you dont know what you’re saying do you? Church worker’s Sex crimes is almost negligible (less than 1%). To educate you, 30% of victim’s offenders are housemates (Father, Brother, Uncle, etc..). In short the chance of you raping your own daughter or sister are far far higher than a priest. Another thing, 60% are happening in victim’s residence. Go figure. Make a research.

      • nangangarapmulinapinoy

        CHURCH SEX CRIMES ARE NEGLIGIBLE?!!?!?!?!? THOSE POOR KIDS / PEOPLE ARE JUST STATISTICS FOR THE CHURCH? That’s the worse defense the church would ever make. there is dignity even for the supposedly most inhumane human. the church teaches that. but there should always be justice – the church teaches that too. Youre argument points that because it is statistically insignificant, it should be neglected. that’s a scary proposition my good sir/maam.

      • Guest

        nangangarapmulinapinoy is so dumb in his analysis. The Church is not treating these crimes as mere statistics. It’s just that tweener is making a comparison as a response to beerhunters’ comment. It’s as simple as that, if your logic is normal. Apparently it isn’t.

      • nangangarapmulinapinoy

        mas bobo ka, you’re reading out of context stupid. 

      • Guest

        Same to you.

      • nangangarapmulinapinoy

        and to call yourself catholic, whatever happened nga to your supposed holiness? does your doctrine include insults as part of sanctity? hahahaha fail man. utter failure

      • Guest

        Hahaha! I always get that from losers like you who don’t have any more ammunition. Well, as Dave Mustaine (Megadeth frontman, just in case you’re too dumb to use Google) once said in an interview, being a Christian doesn’t mean that you’ll start acting like a p*ssy especially when being confronted by evil men like you. So I’m Catholic. But unfortunately for you, I’m no saint.

        O, iyác na ulít. LOL!

      • nangangarapmulinapinoy

        Weirdkatt is a proud catholic at that. nuff said.

      • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

        Yes I am! Thanks! =)

      • Guest

        Palitán mo pañgalan mo. Gawín mong “nababadingnasinangangarapmulinapinoykayweirdkatt”…

        Hahaha! Bobo, talagáng nilapit pa yung muqhá niyá sa screen para lang mabasa yung sinulat co, LOL!!! What a sucker!

      • tamumd

        So because it’s only 1% we should ignore them? Just multiply 1% by the number of priests around the world. And mind you their victims is not like one victim per priest. One priest molest several children more than once..so just imagine the multiplicative factor there!!! And this kind of mentality you spouse..one of deflecting the blame that is because it is also being done by other people other than priest is the reason why this problem persisted for the longest time!!!. The Vatican heirarchy are in cahoots and instead of turning over the perpetrators…they hushed the abuses and transfered the molesters from one place to another. Because to them their and the church’s reputation is more important than the children’s welfare!!! That’s how evil the catholic church and its heirarchy are!!!! So much for their championing the “sanctity of life”. It’s fake after all!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VL5LDVVC4DVQ6DSU6KNQEEOYME ruben

    These religious groups are more dangerous as they are like the ayatollahs and the talibans.  why are they silent on human rights violators, those who kill innocent people? why are they silent on these corrupt politicians like the tongressmen, and those at the senate who are bent to acquit the thief justice corona……those who keep silent on the thievery of the arroyos, marcoses…etc. these are the real satans!!!!

  • M.C. Lonzano

    Wow. I’ll only agree to this O.A. yet insufficient claims and banning if they’d also ban the local shows and movies that promote pre-marital sex, prostitution, and the like.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TruthTerorrist Michelle Lecca

    “Her attitude seems to promote godlessness, offensive to any religion,”
    I agree 100%. She is a cancer to society and a terrible role model to any young person.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TruthTerorrist Michelle Lecca

    Frankly I’m shocked the religious groups of America have not come out against her! Why does it have to be the Philippines???  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=537242844 Syed Muhammad Irtiza

    To all guys Lady Ga Ga is basically Satanic Follower in her all songs there is hidden messages and visual which u don’t able to understand…Not only Sexy Image is enough what she wants to deliver that is important … 

    Never De-Grade  and blame yours Religious Scholar and Professor they put knowledge for yours guidance. Please This is New World Order in which we are living So what you perceived is one Sided Picture Mind It…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BJDAXP263MPGAYOPSMCZPRRPHE Darth Stitch

    UTANG NG LOOB.

    Frankly, it is embarassing for any SANE, INTELLIGENT Christian to see so-called “Christian groups” and even Catholic Bishops protest Lady Gaga’s supposed “Satanic” influence.

    Puede ba?  Lumang tugtugin na yan ha?  I wasn’t even born yet and we had people panicking over the supposed “Satanic” influence of rock music, heavy metal and even, God save us all, Dungeons and Dragons.  Ngayon it’s HARRY POTTER and LADY GAGA.

    If we have so-called impressionable youth flocking to Lady Gaga – what does that say about institutions like the Church?  Isn’t it because you are all beginning to lose your relevance by focusing on ridiculous issues like this one?  What does it say about these kids’ families that they are actively seeking acceptance and enlightenment from someone who’s actually just an entertainer? 

    Sure, Lady Gaga sings songs about sex, love and rock n’roll? So what?  Para naman sa “Born this Way” – doesn’t she actually say, “God makes no mistakes, because I was born this way?” If she was as God-hating as you all seem to think she is, should she not be singing songs about how “evil” God is instead of proclaiming to one and all His infallibility and infinite compassion to all His children?

    THIS is frankly just embarrassing for our country.  Lady Gaga’s not hurting anyone and certainly isn’t insulting anyone’s religion.  Let her fans enjoy her concert in peace.  And frankly, let’s concentrate on greater issues – pag-usapan natin ang mga importanteng bagay like family planning that makes sense instead of pushing for the use of unreliable contraception methods like “rhythm,” the pushing for vocations for priests and nuns, charitable works that do more than simply hand out alms to the poor and a healthy discussion of sexual abuses and harassment by priests. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/iya.dino.7 Iya Diño

    Ano ‘ba ‘to? This is stupid. If Lady GaGa’s music was really that ‘influential’ in a Satanic way, wouldn’t I be slandering and heckling all gay people I see after a single round of ”Judas”? Or kill every priest after listening to ”Born This Way” just the once?

    All these somehow ‘Satanic’ influences over the ages – say, rock and metal music, they never did anything wrong after a long time of being exposed to them, did they? Okay, maybe listening to it would damage your eardrums quite a bit if it were extremely loud. But, the point is that none of the things you would call ‘evil’ never really were.

    Ang O.A. naman diba? Those who are attacking her blindly and arguing that she and her music is in some way ‘evil’, are attacking the wrong topic. They shouldn’t be discussing things as petty as this. Her music never attacked or insulted any religion or person, and they continue to not be harmful to anyone in any way. The priests and bishops who are charging at her should be spreading the word of God for all of our sakes and be the guiding lights that they were always meant to be.Those religious groups colluding with the insinuations against Lady GaGa should just sit still for a while and calm down. Their attacks on her style of music and her way of being herself is embarrassing our entire country.



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