Cabinet faces crucifixion for canceling Good Friday

25Jun07

Good Friday ritual cancelled in LebanonThe Cabinet’s decision to no longer acknowledge Good Friday as an official national holiday poses great threat to a major identity among Lebanese diversity.

Good Friday is “a central day in Christian culture“, said Archbishop Bishara Raii.

This blogger assumes Lebanese as one of the initial founders of Christianity and it’s traditional rituals that was exported to the World, celebrate the same rituals Lebanese have held since the days of Jesus. (Constantinople adopted such traditions 400 years after the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth).

With the immense evacuation of Lebanese Christians due to the socio-economic and political turmoil facing the country, this latest news comes as a hefty blow to the Christian community, and Lebanon as a whole.

The government should have consulted with various religious figures before issuing any decisions. Christians would never allow such a key day to be simply left off calendars“, Raii said; especially in Lebanon, this blogger adds.

The government had intended to make Lebanon’s holidays “the same as those of other Arab countries” the Minister of tourism said.

Raii said in response that “Lebanon should not be compared with other Arab countries, because it is known that Lebanon has a unique and particular demographic and religious identity that ought to be preserved”.

This is a dangerous and provocative move against a major identity among the diverse identities the Lebanese proudly hold.

The government is trying to promote the economy by decreasing the number of holidays“, said the extremist Christian ex-warlord and head of the Lebanese Forces leader Dr. Samir Geagea.

§ UPDATE: Inner Circle member, goes by the name of John, has stated that the government has “admitted to the mistake and took the corrective measures.” I have confirmed this to be true. Thanks John : )



4 Responses to “Cabinet faces crucifixion for canceling Good Friday”

  1. 1 John

    Well the issue was taken care of. It was a grave mistake, yet at least they admitted to the mistake and took the corrective measures.
    The saddest part of the whole thing was how some political parties used this misfortunate event and used and abused it to their advantage; so Lebanese..
    Suddenly, the governments opponents ‘care’ about Christianity.

    “the extremist Christian ex-warlord”
    Are you serious man?! So not true, you cannot judge someone for what they did 20 years ago. Geagea’s allies and ALL of his statements prove otherwise.

  2. 2 Andreas J

    I agree that this decision comes rather un-timely. The government needs to rally all religious sects behind them – be it Christians or Muslims – in order to push through issues that are far more important than this one. Security, the International Tribunal, the economy, disarming the militias and an end to foreign interference are just some of the focal points. This move might potentially alienate the Christians for the simple reason that they might think that the Sunni’s within the government are calling all the shots. Will the next step be to eliminate the Shiite religious holidays in order to push the Lebanese economy forward?

  3. GOOD FRIDAYS & EASTER SUNDAYS
    I AM A MARONITE CHRISTIAN AND I SAY IT WAS ABOUT TIME THEY DID AWAY WITH ALL THESE 4 OR 5 ‘GOOD FRIDAYS’ AND ‘EASTER SUNDAYS’ EVERY YEAR BECAUSE THEY HAVE BECOME A TOTAL EMBARASSMENT TO US, THE CHRISTIANS, AND A JOKE TO THE REST OF THE WORLD!
    HOW MANY TIMES MUST JESUS DIE AND RISE AGAIN FROM THE DEAD EVERY YEAR? I ASK YOU! By the way, I AM A MARONITE, NOT A MORON!
    THE MERE FACT THAT THE CHRISTIANS CANNOT DECIDE, BECAUSE THEY DO NOT REALLY KNOW, WHEN JESUS DIED AND ROSE AGAIN PROVES BEYOND THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT THAT THE WHOLE THING IS AN ABSOLUTE FARCE AND AN ELABORATE HOAX!
    COME ON! 2007 + (33 – 12) YEARS AGO, THEY BELIEVED THE EARTH WAS FLAT, AND THAT THE SKY WAS A DOME, AND THAT HEAVEN LAY JUST BEYOND IT! TODAY, WE KNOW BETTER, THAT THE EARTH IS ROUND AND THAT THERE IS NOTHING BUT ABSOLUTELY NOTHING OUT THERE EXCEPT EMPTY AND SILENT SPACE, AND SOLAR SYSTEMS, AND GALAXIES, AND MILKY WAYS, AND BLACK HOLES; NOT EVEN THE AIR WE BREATHE FOR GOD’S SAKE, AND FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!
    IF JESUS ASCENDED – let us here allow it for the record; by some magical means of propulsion – THEN HE MUST BE LOST OUT THERE SOMEWHERE; STILL LOOKING FOR HEAVEN, WHICH DOES NOT EXIST – at least, not out there – OR TRYING TO FIND HIS WAY BACK TO EARTH, WHICH IS IMPOSSIBLE – let us not forget that, out there, there are no ups or downs or lefts or rights or side-ways or by-ways or even north or south or east or west! SO THERE! OTHERWISE HOW COULD ANYONE EXPLAIN HIS (TOO) LONG ABSENCE; 2007 YEARS?
    THE CHRISTIANS BROUGHT THIS UPON THEMSELVES BY THEIR ADAMANT ASININE ASS-HOLE STUPIDITY AND MULE-HEADEDNESS! IF THEY HAD COME TOGETHER AND AGREED TO CELEBRATE EASTER ON THE FIRST FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY IN – let’s say – APRIL, EVERY YEAR, THIS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED.
    Footnote: Explanation of above formula: 2007 needs no explanation (I hope to God), but 33 was how old Jesus was when he died, minus 12 equals 21; the age where and when he could vote and where and when he should have known better.
    COME ON AGAIN! BY GOD!

  4. What can one say

    –The govmnt idiots should be focused on war and security instead of this baloney right now.

    –These idiots are in charge of the country in this most crucial stage of its history and they can’t even get a stupid BUREAUCRATIC decision right.


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