Orange Room Supporter
Must'arab Jews spoke Syriac Arabic before Islam. My family did not adopt Shi'a Islam. It was a matter of surviving in our land paper work.Actually, I think instead of crying over Armenian being included as a govt or official language, it is best you campaign for the inclusion of Hebrew or the reviving of Aramaic, since you claim Jewish heritage and are proud of it. Your grandparents, as you claim, became Shia by choice because they didn't want to be stateless. So both Arabic and Shia Islam were adopted by your family. You shouldn't find any problem, either adopting Armenian language or orthodox Christianity. You're cultural fluid. You can swing any way!
On a serious note, the problem of minority communities being present everywhere and the small geographic size of Lebanon are reasons for having a modern and fair electoral law that will see Lebanon become a one electoral district with proportional representation (one man=one vote anywhere in Lebanon). It is enough upholding racist and sectarian laws (electoral or otherwise) that will see Lebanese citizens become alien or voiceless in their own country. If a Shia in Burj Hammoud has to vote for an Armenia, it should be based on choice and not law imposing on him. Similarly, if a Shia in Tyre district (the bedrock of Amal/HA constituents) want to vote for a Sunni MP in Tripoli, or a Maronite in Batroun or a Shia in Jbeil or a Druze in Chouf, he should be able to. The parliament is a reflection of all of Lebanon. Politics and elections should be competitive, transparent and fair. Not sectarian, divisive and crooked. The MPs represent the nation. And I should be able, as Lebanese, to vote for any other Lebanese contesting for a political office. That simple but hard for our greedy and divisive politician warlords to accept and implement.