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Unformatted text preview: possible intrusion on religious beliefs. Q: A religious organization has a weekly television program. The program presents and propagates its religious doctrines and compares their practices with those of other religions. As the MTRCB found as offensive several episodes of the program which attacked other religions, the MTRCB required the organization to submit its tapes for review prior to airing. The religious 92 organization brought the case to court on the ground that the action of the MTRCB suppresses its freedom of speech and interferes with its right to free exercise of religion. Decide. A: The religious organization cannot invoke freedom of speech and freedom of religion as grounds for refusing to submit the tapes to the MTRCB for review prior to airing. When the religious organization started presenting its program over television, it went into the realm of action. The right to act on one's religious belief is not absolute and is subject to police power for the protection of the general welfare. Hence the tapes may be required to be reviewed prior to airing. However, the MTRCB cannot ban the tapes on the ground that they attacked other religions. In Iglesia ni Cristo v. CA, G.R. No. 119673, July 26, 1996, the Supreme Court held that: "Even a side glance at Sec. 3 of P.D. No. 1986 will reveal that it is not among the grounds to justify an order prohibiting the broadcast of petitioner's television program." Moreover, the broadcasts do not give rise to a clear and present danger of a substantive evil. Q: X, a court interpreter, is living with a man not her husband. Y filed the charge against X as he believes that she is committing an immoral act that tarnishes the image of the court, thus she should not be allowed to remain employed therein as it might appear that the court condones her act. X admitted that she has been living with Z without the benefit of marriage for twenty years and that they have a son. But as a member of the religious sect known as the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watch Tower and Bible Tract Society, the...
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