GOOD GOD

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Calls God ‘Stupid’

Philippine President Duterte has hit out at God—yes, actual God—causing predictable levels of outrage in the largely Catholic country. In a televised speech, he slammed the Almighty for being foolish enough to create the forbidden fruit that tempted Adam and Eve, pointing out that it was a tactical error, asking “Who is this stupid God?” Duterte went on: “You created something perfect and then you think of an event that would tempt and destroy the quality of your work.” The president also appeared to be upset that he and others are tainted by the actions of Adam and Eve, complaining: “You weren’t born yet, but now you have original sin. What kind of religion is that? I can’t accept it.” Local Catholic Bishop Arturo Bastes responded by calling the president “a madman.”