BY ALEX P. VIDAL
All these speculations about President P-Noy as being gay because until now he has not yet tied the knot with the country’s future first lady–whoever she is–will not help improve our economy and life as a nation.
If he is gay and the Filipinos eschew homosexual leaders, he would not have edged the macho man Erap in the presidential race (being single or unmarried does not automatically make someone a gay unless the concerned party will announce it with hoopla on Youtube and Facebook).
But assuming that President P-Noy is gay, the issue is irrelevant in as far`as the affairs of the state are concerned.
As long as he is doing his job as mandated, to hell with the color of blood running his veins.
We did not elect President P-Noy to be lampooned for his sexual preference and ridiculed for picking handsome executives to join his cabinet.
We elected him with hopes to lead us in crushing poverty in particular, and with trust and confidence of ensuring that each Filipino will live in dignity and security amid fight against abject poverty and graft and corruption in general.
The president can always stop critics of his status in their tracks by keeping his romantic life under wraps (he must scold Kris Aquino for her blabbermouth) while he is busy charting the future of the country.
If he does not intend to marry soon or maintain a girlfriend — or boyfriend for that matter (no offense meant; we must call spade a spade here), he should stop being a “trying hard” (euphemism for giving false hopes to ladies he allegedly dated and the gullible public) just to prove his manhood.
But President P-Noy must also be wary of his “role and obligation” as member of the male species.
In ancient Judaism, not to be married was considered abnormal and wrong. “An unmarried man is not a man in the full sense,” says the Talmud.
A similar attitude was prevalent in ancient Greece and Rome, where remaining unmarried was considered an impious affront to the family gods.
Moreover, celibacy seems to have been forbidden by law or subject to certain penalties in ancient Rome, in Sparta and other Greek city-states.
In the revered beginnings of our own religious tradition, the union of man and woman is held to be essential to the attainment of full humanity as well as to the continuance of the human race.
The ancient attitude was that the individual has no right to halt the transmission of the family and racial life that has been handed on to him.