Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. is not your usual suspect. He’s a popular actor and senator accused of no ordinary crime.

On the day he surrendered, what caught everyone’s attention was a bible verse printed on his white shirt, in bold red letters: “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?’ Psalm 118:6”

I am curious. What was on the senator’s mind when he had the bible verse printed on his shirt? What moved him to wear it on the day of his surrender?

At its core devoid of any bias, the senator’s statement is an expression of belief: he’s quoting a biblical passage. What “moved” him to invoke the Lord’s name is speculative, like all realms of thought.

In social media, the senator is mocked for using the Lord’s name. Just as he has the right to say God is on his side, others have the same right to criticize him for it; all in the name of freedom of expression. As long as there’s no “clear and present danger,” the State has no authority to interfere.

There’s a huge difference between someone expressing his views on fashion trends and another expressing his faith, or between someone expressing his political views and another expressing his religious beliefs.

Religious freedom has a preferred status. Thus, I ask: shall I mock the accused for claiming God is on his side? Or, would it be better if I give it to him and respect his “belief” with my silence?

In matters of faith, would it be better if I’d be tolerant of anyone and leave the matter to him and his God? — Bernard Inocentes S. Garcia