Lebanon - like many Arab and Muslim countries - is still trapped in the 19th century form of government inherited from the Ottoman Turkish Muslim occupation that lasted 400 years. The Ottoman Sultan in Istanbul was also the Caliph of the Islamic State, hence no separation of religion and state.
The Lebanese are a bunch of stupid religious minorities, each led by a neanderthal man dressed in a robe and a funny hat who claims that only his sect or his religion is the correct one because - of course - God told him that, and that all the other sects and religions are just trash. The Ottoman Turks ruled like the British - Divide and Rule. So they continuously pitted the sects against one another, with pogroms, massacres, deportations and lynchings. So, for example, a Christian was considered a Dhimmi (i.e. a protected second class citizen) and under Ottoman rule, Christians had to dress differently from Muslims. Whenever a Muslim encountered a Christian walking down the street, the Christian had to move to the left to let the Muslim go unhindered by the presence of this filthy Christian - أشمل يا كلب - was the invective hurled at the Christian - Move to the left, you dog.
It was only with the fall of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I that the Middle East ushered into a new modern age, Arabic literature was reborn after 4 centuries of ignorance and abject cultural decay under the fucking Turks, and European States created state institutions for the religious tribes across the region. They may not have done a great job - Britain created the filthy cesspool called Palestine-Israel conflict, it also created the Pakistan-India division which continues to threaten world peace to this day... France, on the other hand, was more secular and tried to get these feuding tribes to move toward a more secular form of government, but hard as it tried, France was unable to get the primitive Muslims of Lebanon to shed religion from the affairs of State, and a compromise was made. While the Lebanese constitution that the French helped us write did not make any mention of religion, the Lebanese religious cavemen insisted on religion as the basis for government: After the French withdrew in 1943, the Lebanese came up with the unwritten agreement, the so-called National Pact - الميثاق الوطني - in which they assigned government posts on the basis of religion.
It took another 50 years of civil wars, massacres, and absolute barbaric killings between each other and with other similarly primitive Arabs like the Syrians and the Palestinians, for the Lebanese - instead of moving forward and putting religion where it belongs - in the toilet - they now enshrined the religious division of power into the constitution thanks to - hear this - AMERICAN (George W. Bush Senior and his lapdog James Baker) backing - in the so-called Taif Agreement of 1989. So, Lebanon, since the French left in 1943, has been receding backwards into its Ottoman past, instead of moving forward into the modern world. Just listen to the neanderthal asshole who leads
the Maronite Church - PatriArse BiKhara 3amteraani Tizi Ra3i - only yesterday in Montreal
calling for a return to the 1943 compromise that would even further take
us backwards (see below). He and his ilk will not give up power easily. Their solution to Lebanon's structural and constitutive problems is not to move away from religion and more toward a secular state, but to sink deeper into the cesspool of barbaric religions.
The demonstration by the Secular Lebanon movement (see below) is a glimmer of hope that the new generation is sick of all the divisions, the killings, the religious pogroms and massacres of every generation... The new generation is tired of the corruption at whose roots is religion and nothing but religion. Here is how it works: The local politician is beholden to the religious leader. They collude together to keep their hold on power: The religious leader controls the politician and thus has control over social and economic policies, and the politician runs his business with clientelism, cronyism and patronage, whereby he provides all kinds of extrajudicial services to the people as long as they vote for him. The system is rigged such that you vote based on your religion, you drive based on your religion, you get jobs based on your religion.... You have to go to a priest or a Sheikh to marry, divorce, inherit or for any other little detail of your personal private life.
A few years back, the Lebanese had a brief and puny aha moment when they made a big deal by obtaining the right to delete the mention of their fucking religion from their ID cards, drivers licenses, passports, and every bureaucratic paper that controls their lives. That was - according to the assholes who bragged it at the time - the demise of sectarianism in Lebanon. Now, they are discovering that if you do that - delete religion ftrom your ID card, the powermongers - who are still based on a religious division of power - will not let you vote because the law still requires you to vote based on your religion.
The solution is that the entire system has to be overhauled, religion discarded in the trash, priests, sheikhs, muftis and patriarses should be locked up in their churches and mosques, and let people live and breathe free from the myths and absolute lies of religious stories of the bible and the koran and their fanatic followers.
To the 1,000 people who demonstrated yesterday in Beirut for secularism: Bravo. keep working. It is a difficult battle, but we will win one day. Lebanon should be the first Arab-fucking-Muslim country to separate religion from government.
Turkey did it, but not one Arab fucking country has done it. Lebanese Muslim brains are still glued by the Koranic bullshit of Islam being the only true religion and Mohammad being the last prophet (thank God he is.... I cannot imagine the untold misery and bloodshed that another monotheistic cult arising out of the desert would do the human race), and the Lebanese Christian brains are still mishmashed by Biblical and Gospel crap and their fantastic stories of resurrection, miracles, virgin births, immaculate conceptions and other idiocies from the Stone Age of humanity. Do the Greeks still believe that Aphrodite was born from the ass of Zeus? No. They stopped believing this stupid story when they began believing the other stupid story that Jesus was born of a virgin. Imagine: Mary was impregnated by the angel of God who deposited God's sperm in her while she was sleeping... Now that is VERY believable! Then, after she gave birth - blood, placenta, and all the disgusting stuff that happens during labor, she was still a virgin! Again, a VERY VERY believable story in the modern world. I guess the Greeks are as stupid today as they were 3,000 years ago. So do the Lebanese, because back when they were Phoenicians, they believed in sacrificing babies, women prostituting themselves for Adonis by sleeping with total strangers... you know those unbelievable irrational stupid stories that only primitive religions come up with and primitive idiots believe as true.
More than 1,000 people marched in the Lebanese capital on Sunday
calling for the establishment of a secular state in the country which is
ruled by a system of power-sharing along religious lines.
"Secularism is the solution," and "The people demand a civil state,"
the crowds chanted as they marched in Beirut streets waving Lebanese
flags, an AFP correspondent said.
Many Lebanese blame the current power-sharing system along religious
lines for the majority of problems facing the small Mediterranean
nation, home to 18 religious sects.
Lebanon's system of government is rooted in a 1943 power-sharing
agreement adopted after the country won its independence from France.
Aimed at maintaining a balance between the 18 religious communities,
the agreement calls for the president to be a Maronite Christian, the
prime minister to be Sunni Muslim and parliament speaker a Shia.
Other government jobs are also allocated according to religious affiliation.
Many Lebanese believe that this power-sharing arrangement is
responsible for most of the country's problems, including corruption,
cronyism and the devastating 1975-1990 civil war.
Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai called for the adoption of a
new “social contract” in Lebanon and criticized the way politics is
practiced in the country, the National News Agency reported on Monday.
“We call for a patriotic stance that we are labeling ‘a [new] social
contract’,” Rai was quoted as saying during a pastoral visit to
“It is time that we worked on a new social contract based on the
 national pact, because loyalty to Lebanon is lacking,” Rai added.
The patriarch said that his proposal was “not a reinterpretation” of
the old national pact but rather a return to that pact “where it is said
that [the Lebanese] should be only loyal to Lebanon.”