I mean how does he expect me to react: by applauding? Sorry I cannot.
Don’t take me wrong, although i am a firm believer in the secular state as the best solution for the country, but I cannot accept such statement, from that person, in these conditions.
First, it is a one-sided demagogue statement: I have heard such statements so many times before and the end result was always: “see i told you so, they, our compatriots from the muslim sub confessions, are not ready for that when i was…” Only to justify the secular system’s failure in Lebanon.
Second, because I did not hear such a statement as a result of a joint effort from all religions in Lebanon, prior to the marketing tour, I do not believe it.. and it will remain a political marketing balloon, which sadly will only result in more divisions, and a later ruling out of secularism.
I would have loved to hear the visionary secularist Patriarch step up and say, prior to coming to Doha: Today we have allowed the right of a civil marriage to our community and although we did it single-handedly to the Maronites, we think it is a pragmatic step for a true secular state where the religion left the state alone, and we invite our religious partners to step in with us. I bet you my daughters will most likely convert to become Maronites.
Better yet, i would have paid my seated diner ten times had he, before coming to Doha, stood up and said: today, and in order to be what we preach we are, we have worked and achieved with our compatriots a plan where we all agreed a rotational presidency, prime minister and chief of parliament, as a first step towards a non-confessional, secular state, where the individual is rated by his capacity and not his confession.
Now that would have commanded my respect.
But hey this is my right cheek again and slap me for a third time for me to wake up.
So till then Mr Demagogic Patriarch, spare us of your political ambitions as we have to much burden to handle already from Men in Black gambling with our socio-political life, and please do what you does best: pray for us sinners.