Celdran conviction draws mixed reactions on Twitter

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Carlos Celdran. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

News that popular tour guide Carlos Celdran had been convicted by a court of offending religious feelings drew mixed reactions on the microblogging site Twitter.

As of 4:20 p.m. Monday, “Carlos Celdran” and the hashtag #FreeCarlosCeldran were already among the trending topics in the Philippines.

Celdran himself tweeted an announcement on his Twitter account @carlosceldran: “Guilty,” it read.

Some Twitter users quickly responded with messages of support.

“Wow, expressing opinions about religion can put you to jail now, huh? Carlos Celdran is a brave man. You have my support, sir,” said user @OD3TTEaGOGO.

Former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros (@risahontiveros) also expressed her support for Celdran: “The ruling of the Manila RTC vs @carlosceldran offends civil liberties feelings. We are w/ you, Carlos.”

Comedian Gabe Mercado (@gabemercado) tweeted: “Shocked and sick at the verdict versus @carlosceldran. :(”

User @idagurl said: “I don’t always agree with how he goes about things, but jailing Carlos Celdran for ‘offending religious feelings’ just seems so wrong.”

‘Where is justice?’

User @Pimplepopper tweeted “congratulations”: “It’s getting harder and harder to offend religious feelings as mankind progresses. Kudos to Carlos Celdran for going to jail for doing so.”

Another user asked about sending support: “Thank you for offending them on our behalf. Where do I donate for your legal defense fund? #freecarlosceldran,” user @bvergara said.

Said user @rajbayy: “Those who speak their minds are jailed. Those who steal millions & kill thousands are free. #WhereIsJustice.”

Others, however, hoped the court’s decision would teach Celdran a lesson.

Tweeted user @akoposiJOJO: “The court had spoken, rendered verdict over the case. Learn your lesson Mr. Carlos Celdran.”

“I like Carlos Celdran’s courageous act to fight 4 what he believes s right, but if we tolerate doing it inside d church, isn’t right at all,” tweeted @esmeralda_jake.

For user @MatthewAbuyo, while Celdran should be held liable for his action, the punishment was too harsh. “Carlos Celdran’s going to jail? He did disrupt a service in a church, he should be liable; however, imprisonment is too much.”

User James Nicolay (@sirnicolay) was more concerned about the effect of the issue on the Church: “The local Church leaders are not doing themselves any favor with their decision to sue Carlos Celdran. The flock is slipping away gradually,” he said. Compiled by Inquirer Research

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    Whatever they will say about RCC will not make their religions
    true! PEKE pa rin mga yan! Kahit sumigaw sila sa Mt.
    Everest o sa buwan, PEKE pa rin mga yan! 

  • wihipnsaddle

    Yung moderator kakampi ni Celdran…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pj-Crepeau/1183389480 Pj Crepeau

    Any
    law which is designed to prevent religious believers from offense is,
    by definition, an admission of the weakness of believers and their faith
    in their religion.  This includes anti-blasphemy laws.

    That’s why no country has ever had a law outlawing the offending of
    scientific sensibilities.  The truth requires no protection!
     

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FIQQJMTRSKW2LVFNZA3SRSEAYQ rocky B.

    Tama lang na ikulong si Celdran. Kung ginawa nya yan sa ibang reliheyon, pinugutan na cya ng ulo.

  • RomyLitz

    Celdran,
    Get more followers to do the same in the church where the pulpit is used primarily for POLITICAL purposes…what shall the court issue to the cardinals and priests using the pulpit as their vantage point to attack the government? Nothing?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q55QQJZTH3F5IF26RUZ44CYKIU Sky Blue

       Syempre teritoryo nila yan, kung sa rostrum ng malakanyang magsisigaw yung pari e di huhulihin sya

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    More and better-trained tourist guides will therefore be needed, but preferably ones who know better than to discuss religion and politics with their clientele.

    Carlos Celdran should thank whatever deity he believes in for his good fortune. The punishment he received for the crime he committed was both just and humane.

    After all, it takes only one Catholic angered by an insult to his religion to administer the worst kind of punishment—the one that will send Celdran’s immortal soul either to heaven or to hell.

    Or to purgatory, as the case may be. – Manila Times

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    We quite expect Celdran to embrace his newfound celebrity status. He will very likely use another pulpit to attack the Catholic Church once he has served his time. As long as anything he does is considered lawful, he should not worry about being oppressed by the gigantic institution that is the Church.
     
    He should be reminded that it is now 2013. The era of the fictional Padre Damaso was a century and a half ago. While conservative by nature, today’s Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines is an enlightened and trustworthy institution that devotes itself to serving not only the spiritual needs of its flock, but in providing charity work to countless Filipinos.Celdran should be advised to go back to his line of work. As a tour guide, his services will be needed more and more.  – Manila Times

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pj-Crepeau/1183389480 Pj Crepeau

      “Today’s Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines is an enlightened and trustworthy institution.”

      They oppose birth control for poor people.  If you are going to use words like “enlightened”, then you might want to get a dictionary and learn what it means.

      Well, I’m sure your magical, invisible friend in the sky is proud of you for currying favor with that great protection racket called the Catholic Church….

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