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← Lebanese march in Beirut to demand secularism

Corylus's Avatar Jump to comment 4 by Corylus

Only religious authorities can register marriages, births or death or rule on matters of inheritance - so all Lebanese end up having different rights.

Muslims, for example, cannot adopt children; Maronite Christians cannot get divorced, and it is impossible for members of different sects to marry each other, while civil marriage is not an option here. [Emphasis mine]

That is the proper raison d'etre for secularism: simple fairness and the support of those who see equality as a 'good'.

Sun, 25 Apr 2010 17:27:00 UTC | #462716