Sham wedding, lebanese idiosyncrasies & ideological quagmire
Posted by worriedlebanese on 10/03/2009
Only today, I stumbled on this article published by the AFP. It’s a pity that there’s no mention of an author. Someone has to tell him a thing or two about the inaccuracies and misrepresentation that his article contains.
AFP article: Lebanese lovebirds in illegal Valentine’s wedding
For starters, the wedding is not illegal. There is no law banning civil marriages taking place on national territory in Lebanon. But there is no authority licensed to organise them either.
On the other hand, a mariage abiding by any foreign legislation or according to the laws of any one of Lebanon’s 17 recognised communities is considered valid. So in principle, a religious (hindu in India for instance) or civil mariage (between two men in Brussels for example) celebrated abroad according to the laws of that country is valid in Lebanon.
Another element that infuriated me in this article is former militia man and current MP, Elias Atallah’s statement claiming “”The religious communities have all the rights in Lebanon. A Lebanese person, as a
citizen, has nothing”. That is sheer nonsense. A Lebanese citizen has all rights in Lebanon. And he certainly has more rights than the religious communities. A question I would have like to ask him if were the interview would be, “what exactly are the religious communities rights in Lebanon”. I’m sure he wouldn’t have been able to come up with more than three (because that is about the number of rights they have).