Religion and ethics are two words which are very related. Yet the question here, is that does this mean that an atheist has no ethics? I don’t believe that.
The only thing is that here I am not concerned with judging individuals or the way they have been raised; here I am speaking on the political level. How realistic is it for the state to be entirely separated from the state, and in other words, how possible is it? Will ethics be entirely erased, or is that capable of happening?
Speaking according to the Lebanese community, religion is one of the very essential factors that form our politics. For some people, hearing of the Lebanese political rules brings something of a shock. To know that you cannot become president of Lebanon unless you were a Maronite Christian can be seen as somewhat of discrimination. Different positions are assigned to different sects, and that is looked upon differently.
The interpretation of the Lebanese society is the aiming to please everyone, since we have 18 different sects. The division of political positions is in accordance with religion to try and maintain equality and giving all sects equal positions so no one would feel discriminated towards. Yet the thing is that all the divisions among the Lebanese people and all the conflicts is because of the openly discussed difference in religion, and because people have come to believe they deserve power all alone, for them and their fellow people of the same religion. This is one of the conditions where religion is creating the biggest conflicts among the Lebanese.
For such an example, I believe that religion is a one characteristic that needs to be broken away from politics. Religion is a personal belief, in which one is either born with, or grows up to believe it is the truth of this world. For that, it is not quite fair for one not to be able to achieve his ambition of perhaps becoming the next Lebanese president only because he/she does not belong to the appropriate sect, even if this person has the best qualifications.
Religion is a personal thing, not related to the political agendas and the strategies. Maybe religion does include being ethical, yet that disconnecting religion from state does not mean disregarding the ethical part of this world, after all, even in the absence of religion, humanity does not disappear. Religion is not the only thing people refer to when being ethical, but they are simply being humane.
Separating religion from the state might sound impossible in the Lebanese situation, yet there has been a lot of Lebanese people who believe it is the best solution, and are protesting to take the sectarian system down. The point is that Lebanese people, of all sects and religions, are simply too tired of the politicians who exercise unbearable acts in the name of religion.
Let religion alone, it is of one’s personal freedom whether to believe or not. Solving the political conflicts is what this country needs, without looking at religion as something that keeps Lebanese people from joining hands.