Lebanon: No Future For Christians?

Christians emigrating as Lebanon increasingly “Islamized”

“Lebanon has always been a bastion of religious tolerance, but now it is moving toward the model of Islamization seen in Iraq and Egypt.”

“Christians tempted to emigrate as Lebanon grows increasingly ‘Islamized,'” by Josie Ensor for Lebanon’s Daily Star, September 28 (thanks to AINA), thanks to JW

Lebanon Beirut explosion christian districtFile photo: another day, another bomb goes off in the Christian quarter

BEIRUT: Christians are tempted to flee Lebanon as the country becomes increasingly “Islamized,” according to the founder of the Center for Arab Christian Research and Documentation (CEDRAC). One-third of the nation’s Christian population has left since the beginning of the 1975-90 Civil War, and a recent surge in emigration means Christians now make up just 34 percent of Lebanon’s population, Father Samir Khalil, a Jesuit teacher at Beirut’s St. Joseph University’sCEDRAC department, told Vatican Radio last week.

“Christians used to make up 50 percent of the nation’s population; now experts think the Christians are probably not exceeding 34 percent, which is worrying,” Khalil said in the radio interview during a visit to The Holy See.

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The Beirut-based researcher expressed concern that Christians in the Arab world are moving abroad to places with higher Christian populations, such as America, Europe and Australia, which is increasing the Muslim majority in countries like Lebanon.

“The same is happening [all over] the Middle East, and this is certainly a very tragic situation, and it will have great consequences in the future,” Father Khalil warned last week on the Vatican Radio station, adding that Christians must stay in the Middle East to keep numbers up.

Large numbers of Lebanese Christians are leaving as they feel their traditional influence in their country is weakening, while an increasing number of crucial political positions are going to Muslims.

In reference to Islamic extremism, Khalil claimed the power of the influential Christian minority to counterbalance it was waning, saying: “Lebanon has always been a bastion of religious tolerance, but now it is moving toward the model of Islamization seen in Iraq and Egypt.”…

The results of a poll released last year show that nearly half of all Maronites, the largest Christian denomination in the country – making up about 22 percent of the population – said they are considering emigrating….

In the survey conducted by Information International, an independent Beirut body,many Christians cited the growing influence of March 8 faction Hizbullah in Lebanon as a reason for their decision to leave….

13 thoughts on “Lebanon: No Future For Christians?”

  1. Arius – chose to try and push the Serbian Nationalist BS propoganda that Srebrenica did not have a massacre. He claimed all sorts of things, that anyone else is a liar and then was caught out because I was part of that very first Dutch government inquiry into the Massacre. I was there.

  2. With all respect to the any existing Lebanese national identity, for my part it is a creation of Anglo-Franco politics and I question the existance of such a State that, also by its very structure is doomed to schism, compromize and conflict.

    The problem is now grown, because of the existing countries and their bickering, conflicts and game-play. Based on the ethnicity, I see no reason why Southern Lebanon is not party of Syria while the northern part and frankly the current Syrian coast is by ethnicity and culture, Turkish.

    I know it will not happen, that is the reality of politics and history, that is unalterable (though so many try hard enough) but what is worth considering is that what was the mistakes and political games of the past do not have to dictate everything of today. The constitution of The Lebanon simply is unworkable, though the influence and obvious interference of Syria, Israel and the then and present super-powers is detestable, the security and legitimate needs of the neigbhouring countries is a consideration that cannot be ignored. What is not acceptable is the radical and militant actions of outsiders, be it the Shi’ite power play that is run and for the benefit of Iran, the Christian Fallangist support base dictated by Israel and the willingness to basically assassinate the government that does not pay hommage to Syria.

  3. Kaw, I thought I did add it when I put “the Shi’ite power play that is run and for the benefit of Iran”. Sorry it is my English skills perhaps.

  4. See American Congress for Truth/ Brigitte Gabriel to find out
    what really happened in Lebanon.
    The country used to be for 80% christian (1940’s) but is now
    close to 70% islamic. it was called the Switzerland of the Middle-East,
    thanks to the openess and tolerance muslims could come in and take
    over. that’s why they want “to lebanize” the world.

  5. So now Solkhar is a DUTCH DIPLOMAT LOL the Trolls claims get more and more bizarre. But just on the off chance that he is telling the truth, not very likely with a Mohammedan I know after all one of the Pillars of Islam is LYING . Anyway I hope you have appraised the Dutch Government about his RADICAL Mohammedan posts on here and claims to be a dutch Diplomat Sheik. I am sure they will be very interested or better still give the information to Geert Wilders I am sure he will appreciate proof of RADICAL Mohammedan infiltration of Dutch Government diplomatic circles.

  6. For the last 100 years there has been no Lebanese diaspora to speak of.
    I knew a Christian Lebanese restaurateur who fought during WWII on the British side against the Germans and Muslim SS. He emigrated to Canada after the war.
    His story was that Muslims have been steadily increasing and pushing people out of their homes and businesses since WWI and WWII.
    That is the main reason he had no desire to go back there.
    He claimed that there really is no Lebanese identity and it has been that way for the last 100 years or so. So it is true that Muslim policies of non-integration do destroy a society’s identity.
    Before the man’s passing he had many horror stories of Muslim treatment of non-believers even back then. His stories have played a big part in influencing my beliefs to this day. But the last straw, my first reading of the English translation of the Koran, broke the camels back.

  7. I got to get a copy of the English Koran and read it too. Got to find out what’s happening.

  8. Lebanon: Armed Shi’ite Muslims prevent land survey that could resolve dispute over chapel site in favor of Christians
    The Shi’ites occupying the site claim it was previously the site of a mosque. If they get their way, the chapel will thus most likely become a trophy-mosque, like so many other churches, including the Hagia Sophia and the former Church of St. John the Baptist in Damascus. “In Lebanon, Shiites take possession of a chapel of the Virgin,” by Fady Noun for Asia News, July 28:

    Beirut (AsiaNews) – For over two week the Maronite Church has been involved in strenuous efforts to reclaim large areas of land which has been taken over by part of the Shiite population of Lassa, a village in the district of Jbeil Mount Lebanon. The affair erupted when official land surveyors tried survey land on which stands a chapel dedicated to Our Lady. Since 2011 the building has been used, against the advice of the Church as a place of worship for women. In spite of all the past efforts to regulate this sensitive and highly symbolic issue the chapel key was never returned to the Church. For several days the population has prevented the team, with the threat of arms, from carrying out the survey.
    Their behavior only sends the message that they know the facts are not on their side.

    The conflict has ancient roots, some details date as far back as the nineteenth century. So the Shiites population [sic] claims that the Maronite chapel was already a Shiite place of worship. The Maronite Patriarchate, for its part argues that the plot of land was purchased by the Maronite Church in the nineteenth century, as supported by documents such as title deeds and cadastral surveys dating to 1939. These are the facts that the Church seeks to confirm today, once and for all, with the help of the Lebanese state.
    The use of threats by the Shiite population of Lassa has awakened feelings of confessional hostility in Maronite environments. Nurtured by certain personalities this anger has begun to manifest itself. To avoid exacerbating these feelings the patriarchate of Bkerke called a meeting involving all parties concerned, including representatives of Hezbollah and the Amal Shiite movement. The patriarch chaired the meeting, which was also attended by representatives of the police and army. Closing the meeting, and confirming his original direction, the Patriarchate has appointed a commission to resolve the legal problem, expressing the desire to confine the issue to a strictly legal framework and avoid any political and confessional drift.
    Legal documents show that the land belongs to the Maronite Church in the village where a Shiite majority and a Maronite minority coexist in about 3.6 million square meters, divided into 95 plots. The plots were registered in 1939. Over 80 cases of trespassing on land belonging to the Maronite Church have been registered, in the form of illegal construction or unauthorised agricultural use. Most buildings were built at the beginning of this century, thanks to the mayor’s illegal authorization of the village and with the passive complicity of the local police, responsible for repressing violations of construction law.
    Moreover, not content with occupying the Church land illegally, the Shiite population prevents the development of Christian farmers on their own uncontested agricultural land. To the point that one of them was beaten and kicked off the land that he had rented. The lawyers of the Patriarchate, who are in direct contact with a Hezbollah official, Ghaleb Abu Zeinab, ensure that this party does not give political cover to the families illegally occupying the property of the Maronite Church, and that an attitude of firmness is required by all so that justice is done….

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