Religious discrimination against the people of “The Old Path” gets bitter
The members of the Ang Dating Daan (or how the group of Members Church of God International has been known in the Philippines) has for long endured religious discriminations and harrassments from government and its religious opponents.
In the Philippines, the separation of the religion and state is blurred as some powerful religions can dictate a politician's term in the government seat. Philippine government is believed influenced by powerful religious groups who promise votes and support come elections.
Eli Soriano, the preacher and spiritual leader of the Ang Dating Daan group, is holding the Truth and in his exposes of the shenanigans and malpractices in religion, his religious opponents vent their anger by using their sly and power through harassment and persecution.
The hostilities against the Members Church of God International (MCGI) are unjustifiable. No other religious organization in the Philippines gets the same unjust treatment from the government and the combined efforts of influential religious sectors in this country. Despite the goodwill MCGI sends out to all, religious discrimination against the people of “Ang Dating Daan” gets bitter. MCGI expects this to continue as long as it stands.
Here is one article which I think can give a background on how much persecution the religious group Ang Dating Daan is experiencing from government. Here is an excerpt from one written in the Double-Edged Sword blog -
This Church is being persecuted today. Its enemies think bringing its leaders to the courts will drain its resources, but first of all shut the mouth of its presiding minister, Bro. Eli Soriano. True enough, they are draining off resources that what had been earmarked for definite concerns now go to defending the church in terms of attorney’s fees, publication expenses to the public, documentation, and other coping activities including spending for security measures arising from the evil schemes of enemies. This Church and its members are deprived not only of resources but of justice. Subsumed are the viewing public taken off Bro. Eli’s teachings which deprivation has manifested in their flocking to the other medium of radio and calling incessantly for a return to television. They wonder that a preacher being heard 24 hours a day worldwide through the radio, the TV, and the internet should be shut up in his very own country.