A Step Towards Gender Equality.
Feb03

A Step Towards Gender Equality.

Apparently what unifies the clergy of major sects in Lebanon is the overzealous clench for power. For merely supporting civil marriage, one can be ostracized and be labelled as an apostate. The defense line for civil marriage supporters is that; the religious establishment have the monopoly to run our personal affairs by trying to block and threaten with divine wrath any alternative law that is attuned with International standards of...

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Why Civil Marriage is Vital
Jan30

Why Civil Marriage is Vital

The uproar against the establishment of Civil Marriage in Lebanon often portrays Civil Marriage as an attack against Religion. Secular family law is frequently misinterpreted as Atheism or as an attempt at the eradication of religion. This couldn’t be further from reality, nor is the institution of Civil Marriage about denying the rights of religious people. Civil Marriage, apart from being cost-effective, is the most pragmatic...

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Bitter Sweet, Twitter Tweet
Feb21

Bitter Sweet, Twitter Tweet

What was this young man’s crime? Hamza Kashgari tweeted an imaginary and creative conversation with what he considered as his long dead prophet. A literary parade through a fantasy derived discussion about frustrations he might just feel living in a perversion of this established religion. From what strength do you stifle freedom of expression? Your faith and message should be impervious to our criticisms and wit. With untestable...

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The Superiority of Godless Morality
Feb13

The Superiority of Godless Morality

The old Arabic saying goes, “As long as you conserve my rights, you are my brother, whether you worship God or a rock.” “Or nothing at all”—an extra clause should be added to the proverb. Recently, I was attempting to defend secular humanism by putting this saying in simpler clichéd words to a coworker. “It doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, Jewish, Arab, gay, straight or atheist as long as you are a good person,” I said. To my...

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Bridges for Others
Feb10

Bridges for Others

How many of us can remember those brightly lit personalities that had an effect on our lives? Were they gifted communicators or empathetic to your feelings a particular time in your life? To my fellow free thinkers and atheists, I want to address how we can fit in better to our societies and expand our ‘verbal tool boxes’ when discussing our concerns with people of faith.   “It is the frequent vice of radical polemic to assert,...

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“The Pendant” – A Short Film by Abdul-Rahman Loutfi
Feb01

“The Pendant” – A Short Film by Abdul-Rahman Loutfi

We hope that you enjoy this as much as we did. It is indeed a very valuable contribution! The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on YouTube. The following Lebanese short story is written by Abderrahman Loutfi – The main drive behind Abderrahman’s inspiration comes from Mikhael Naimeh’s vast bibliography “Al-Zakhira”, which tackles the subject of blind...

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