Saad Hariri attending a civil wedding ceremony

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At least now we know it’s not just talk. However, and like I stated before, legalizing civil marriage in Lebanon will take some time but it’s good to know highly influential leaders are for it.

Ex-PM Saad Hariri supports legitimizing civil marriage in Lebanon

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In his first TV interview after a long absence, Saad Hariri talked about many things but what interested me most were his stances on civil marriage and Qabbani’s speech. This is what he said as quoted by Naharnet:

Hariri: Calling people expiates is not acceptable and addressing civil marriage in the approach Mufti Qabbani took is also rejected.
Hariri: Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkey are all Islamic countries that adopt civil marriage. Will Qabbani consider their people expiates?
Hariri: There are many aspects in Lebanon that are not legal from a Muslim perspective.
Hariri: Personally I do not accept that my children marry in a civil union, but a deputy is a representative of the entire nation and of all people.
Hariri: Despite the different views on civil marriage I support debating it and going through with it.

Thumbs up for this brave position and let’s hope others will follow!

He got scared of Mar Elias’ statue!

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Two days ago, Sin el Fil municipality arrested a man (Mohammad K.) for destroying a Virgin Mary and a Mar Elias shrine. After investigating with him, and according to ElNashra, Mohammad got scared of Mar Elias and thought the statue was attacking him so he took a hit at it and broke it.

I wonder how drunk/high this guy was if this is really what happened.

Is it really Faraya-Mzaar’s fault?

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Remember the rescue story I posted about two days ago? Well the petition the 9-year old’s mother started, asking for enhanced safety at the Faraya-Mzaar ski slopes, has gone viral and reached over 2500 signatures in a couple of days.

However looking back at the incident and Pamela’s comment below (Pamela is an experienced Ski Instructor), I have to agree and say that part of the blame is on the instructor and the ski school behind him as he shouldn’t have left the kid alone.

I hope the people in charge of the Kfardebian ski slopes, as well as other ski slopes, take these comments into consideration and have few guidelines and prerequisites for ski instructors.

First of all hamdella 3a Salemto and he was lucky indeed!
But I disagree with u regarding blaming faraya mzaar only! I used to be a ski instructor for many years, and was licensed by the lebanese ski federation after undergoing extensive training’ and tests done by international committees. Every respectful and professional ski school SHOULD make sure its ski instructors go through this process before handing them any child since it is a great responsibility. What i’m trying to say here is that I believe the accident was first and foremost the instructor’s fault who should have trained your son to take the ski lift alone before allowing him to do so! And assuming your son just got in line before the instructor could stop him, he should have at least notified the person at the ski lift about the problem to inform the other guy at the end to help your son.
This is an unacceptable mistake, and I believe in this case Faraya mzaar should conduct routine training and testing to ANY ski instructor ; not anyone who knows how to ski well is qualified to be a ski instructor especially for young kids
I agree that there should be a “pisteur” at every slope, but that is secondary to the instructor’s role

Every year similar accidents happen and some less fortunate kids have actually fallen off the ski lift and broken their tiny bones because there are “dkekeen ski schools” with amateur ski instructors with only monetary purposes!!!

Best regards,
Pamela

How to legitimize civil marriage in Lebanon

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Three key events have helped put the civil marriage topic back on the table in the past few weeks in Lebanon: Kholoud & Nidal’s attempt to register a civil marriage, President Michel Sleiman’s stances and Mufti Qabbani’s unacceptable remarks on civil marriage. However, despite all that, I still believe we are far from legitimizing civil marriage in Lebanon due to many obstacles, mainly the influence of religious authorities and the lack of officials (MPs/Ministers/Politicians) brave enough to take the initiative.

One should not also forget the buzz created by Lebanon’s online community following Kholoud and Nidal’s marriage as it was and still is very important to keep the topic alive and put some pressure, even if limited, on officials and politicians. For example, the Facebook Group “تزوجنا مدني … و عَ قبالكن” has surpassed 16,000 members in just few days and the unilateral support for legalizing civil marriage on Twitter and Facebook has exceeded all expectations.

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Nevertheless, while I agree with Mustapha that the solution can come through a long-term “facts on the ground” strategy, ie doing little things like allowing people to strike off their sects from their ID cards (God bless you Ziad Baroud indeed!), we need at least 10 more Ziad Barouds in key positions to stand a chance at passing a legislation in favor of civil marriage.

Added to that, sectarianism is at its highest these days in Lebanon due to tensions regionally and locally, a factor that is forcing many MPs and Ministers, including PM Najib Mikati, to stay away from such adventures (Not that I agree with them).

So the fight is long and I believe we have to wait at least until elections are over to witness any change in this subject.

PS: When I said we need a change in the candidates for the upcoming elections, Myriam Klink was not what I had in mind.

Lebtivity.com

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That’s currently my favorite website for browsing events in Lebanon. It’s designed to look like a social calendar, is extremely user-friendly and allows you to connect your Facebook events and even create your own.

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