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Al Waref is Supporting the March for Secularism in Lebanon PDF Print E-mail

On April 25th. every  Lebanese citizen, institution, organization, association who supports the principle of secularism is invited to participate in this gathering as a free, responsible and independent member.
Everyone who identifies with this call is urged to deliver this message to all his acquaintances (friends, family members, religious and non-religious), and to do his best in informing the maximum number of citizens about this gathering.


A march for secularism in Lebanon

Based on the preamble of the Lebanese Constitution which states the following:

a. Lebanon is a sovereign, free, and independent country. It is a final homeland for all its citizens. It is unified in its territory, people, and institutions within the boundaries defined in this constitution and recognized internationally.
b. Lebanon is Arab in its identity and in its association. It is a founding and active member of the League of Arab States and abides by its pacts and covenants. Lebanon is also a founding and active member of the United Nations Organization and abides by its covenants and by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Government shall embody these principles in all fields and areas without exception.
c. Lebanon is a parliamentary democratic republic based on respect for public liberties, especially the freedom of opinion and belief, and respect for social justice and equality of rights and duties among all citizens without discrimination.
d. The people are the source of authority and sovereignty; they shall exercise these powers through the constitutional institutions.

as well as on the articles 7 and 9 of the Lebanese Constitution:

Article 7
All Lebanese are equal before the law. They equally enjoy civil and political rights and equally are bound by public obligations and duties without any distinction.
Article 9
There shall be absolute freedom of conscience. The state inrendering homage to the Most High shall respect all religions and creeds and guarantees, under its protection, the free exercise of all religious rites provided that public order is not disturbed. It also guarantees that the personal status and religious interests of the population, to whatever religious sect they belong, is respected.


I, Lebanese citizen,
am against the interference of religion in the functioning of the Lebanese State just as I am against the interference of the State in the citizen's religion,
I am against the sectarian State distributed among the confession leaders just as I am against the classifying of the Lebanese according to their religious belonging,
I demand a civil secular State, with a civil code for personal matters.
I demand from the State to recognize my rights as a citizen and to respect my humanity and citizenship regardless of my religious beliefs.
I demand a State where the political power is not clannish or tribal.
I want a democratic State where citizens are equal facing the law and where they enjoy equally the freedom of speech, opinions and beliefs.


Every citizen, institution, organization, association who supports the principle of secularism is invited to participate in this gathering as a free, responsible and independent member.
Everyone who identifies with this call is urged to deliver this message to all his acquaintances (friends, family members, religious and non-religious), and to do his best in informing the maximum number of citizens about this gathering.

We are many to defend the idea of a non-confessional State in Lebanon, a secular Lebanese State...
Let us prove we exist, let us break out our silence and speak it out loud.
ON SUNDAY APRIL 25- 2010, AT 11 AM, we will be marching together for secularism.
The gathering will depart from Ain El Mraisse heading toward the Parliament.

IMPORTANT! THIS IS A CITIZENS' MOVEMENT THAT SHALL REFUSE TO BE SEIZED BY POLITICS.

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