A Statement Concerning The Mufti’s Latest Fatwa
Jan29

A Statement Concerning The Mufti’s Latest Fatwa

Lebanon’s Grand Mufti has issued on Monday the 28th of January a fatwa whose sole aim is to decapitate one of the many marginalized rights the Lebanese citizens are missing. The fatwa came after the latest tactic the civil society adopted which included two couples attempting to register the first civil marriage on Lebanese soil through loopholes in the Lebanese legal system. Sheikh Qabbani’s statement on Dar...

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This Week Under “Spotlight”: 5 Recent Scandals The Lebanese Did Not Know That The Vatican Was Involved In
Sep14

This Week Under “Spotlight”: 5 Recent Scandals The Lebanese Did Not Know That The Vatican Was Involved In

So the pope has finally arrived to Lebanon, and for sure, the celebrations, the media coverage, the roads signs and the people have all created enough buzz about the event that no one in Lebanon can manage to stop hearing about it. The excitement that religious people hold has gone far beyond any public excitement I have ever witnessed in my life. Frankly, I do personally understand how sectarianism plays a role in overly exciting the...

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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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