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Hate the sin, not the sinner

A Philippine Catholic college's enrollment policy saying homosexuality is 'immoral' is morally wrong

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Hate the sin, not the sinner

A Protestant church group calls for support for people with same-sex attraction during a gay pride march in Manila. (Photo: Mark Saludes)

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A Catholic college’s enrollment policy has sparked debate about intolerance and discrimination toward members of the Philippines’ LGBTQ+ community.

The enrollment contract of Assumption College, an all-girls school in the city of Iloilo, had cited its own employees' and learners' handbook labeling homosexuals “immoral,” claiming this stance was consistent with the teaching of the Catholic Church.

More than 80 LGBTQ+ groups issued a joint statement criticizing the school policy as homophobic and discriminatory as it used sexual orientation as a basis for turning away prospective employees and students or sacking and expelling existing ones.

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