This week Lebanese blogs discusses circumcision, the environment, the Pope’s quote on Islam, Lebanese politics, post war hardships and suspicions among other things.
Let us start this weeks sampling by answering these questions: What if Google was used to settle battles … who would win? Interested in knowing? Lazarus has graphical answers to a number of world conflicts.
What do you think about male circumcision? Maya@NYC wrote on this and other stuffs. Her post sounds like this:
Female brains work in mysterious ways. Even for a female observer. I have seen the tantrums, the jealousies, the possessiveness, the suspicion, the disregard… But male brains… not to be sexist or anything…. Men have this PC-inspired quality: shut down completely before updating the information. Tonight, an American female friend, after 3 hour of chatting and 1 glass of wine (or was it the other way around?) finally gathered the courage to ask me: so is circumcision a big thing in Lebanon?
What do you think of the environment in Lebanon? Take a look at the photo of the sad state of the Beirut River taken by Anarchorev.
Now let us look at the topic which had the most posts in the Lebanese blogosphere this week: the Pope’s quotation about Islam during one of his lectures. The reaction to the Pope’s quote was not just a simple attack or defense. They were in fact very diverse. They range from a call for inter-faith marriage to declaring that all religions are intrinsically intolerant.
Sietske in Beiroet makes the following call:
I myself am very much fed up with the whole religion issue, and I think my best contribution to this society has been to marry someone of a different faith. And when I think about it, all my good friends are mixed couples. We’ve got a Christian-Druze couple, a catholic-Sunni, an orthodox-Sunni, a Shia-protestant, a Shia-Sunni, to name just a few. And these are all marriages of 13 years or more. They all have kids that are oblivious to the fact whether someone is a Christian or a Druze or a Muslim. You want to do something for your country? Marry someone from the other sect. And make it fast. Time is running out.