Thursday, January 28, 2010

The unbalanced confessional Balance

The Lebanese confessional system is based on ensuring balance between Christians and Muslim with equal representation in the different political spheres. This balance is attributed to the article in the preamble of the Lebanese constitution that stipulates that "there is no constitutional legitimacy for any authority which contradicts the 'pact of communal coexistence'."
Yet, on the other hand that same preamble calls for the "respect for public liberties, especially the freedom of opinion and belief" (and non belief inherently).
Hence, the aforementioned balance, for those who truly strive to reach or maintain it, is only attained when ensuring balance between Christians, Muslims, and Non-believers. The problem of secular people in this so called country is that they do not have a (non) religious "reference" whom no one dares upset for fear of upsetting the balance.

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