World Vision Philippines responded to my letter this afternoon. I’m posting it here as it was attached in the email.
and I immediately sent an email to World Vision Philippines:
May 16, 2012
Dear World Vision Philippines,
As a gay man, I am deeply disturbed by what one of your ambassadors, Miriam Quiambao has been tweeting in recent weeks. She has said that “homosexuality is a lie from the devil” and just today, supported Manny Pacquiao for “stand(ing) for God’s law.” This was after Mr. Pacquiao quoted the Bible as saying that gay persons should be put to death.
I seriously considered my decision to be a World Vision sponsor since I have a lot of issues with Christian groups’ stand on homosexuality. What made me eventually push forward with it, aside from being a former Christian myself, was that World Vision is non-denominational and that it serves “people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.” By gender, I assumed you also meant those who fall under the LGBT group (otherwise, you would have used ‘sex’), though I couldn’t verify how fully this is observed. I also had no means to know if you teach catechism and how you deal with topics on homosexuality; still, I went ahead with my sponsorship.
A few weeks after that, your group’s Twitter account retweeted a statement that was prejudiced against gays. I called your Twitter account’s attention to it, and it was immediately removed from your timeline. The account’s handler also assured me it was a mistake and that it is against your policy to discriminate. I appreciated your favorable action then and I hope it would do the same this time.
Ms. Quiambao’s statements, at the very least, are divisive. At most, they incite hatred, and in the wake of Pacquiao’s statement, they incite violence toward LGBTs. To gay kids, Ms. Quiambao’s statements are disappointing—at the least. At most, her statements and belief are what drive gays to a life of shame and guilt, if not suicide.
It is for these reasons, and also given your main thrusts, that I strongly believe she is unfit to continue to be your ambassador. Your non-action on this would mean my sponsorship should be welcomed elsewhere.
I think a week is enough time for them to decide on the matter.
Also, since I wrote this letter, it has been found that Mr. Pacquiao was not only misquoted but was also misrepresented by the website in which his controversial statements appeared. As it turned it, he never cited Leviticus, part of which says gays must be put to death. Further, Ms. Quiambao has since qualified her support of Mr. Pacquiao’s partly fabricated statements to say that she “(does) not agree with the killing part,” which to me is a loaded statement nonetheless. In any case, there is still her earlier statement about homosexuality being a “lie from the devil.” Bottom line, she sows divisiveness and is detrimental to the mental and emotional health of gay kids. I stand by my letter.