Social Media Campaign Stat Box
: "Civil Marriage Not Civil War" Campaign
: Cause Rallying
: Political figures, decision makers, Lebanese people of all sects
: April, 2010
: A few weeks
A secular state is a concept of secularism, whereby a state or country purports to be officially neutral in matters of religion, supporting neither religion nor irreligion. A secular state also claims to treat all its citizens equally regardless of religion, and claims to avoid preferential treatment for a citizen from a particular religion/nonreligion over other religions/nonreligion.
Idea & Objectives:
The Lebanese Civil War was a multifaceted civil war in Lebanon. The war lasted from 1975 to 1990 and resulted in an estimated 130,000 to 250,000 civilian fatalities. Another one million people (one fourth of the population) were wounded, half of whom were left with lifetime disabilities. Read more on Wikipedia
Therefore, “Civil marriage, not civil war” was one of many banners carried by the mostly young, educated protesters who gathered in response to a campaign on Internet social networking sites. It was Lebanon’s first such demonstration in favor of secularism.
It all started on Facebook, a call to arms by people who believe church and state should not be one. After the online movement grew, Laique Pride organizers decided to take that spirit off-line, staging a rally through downtown Beirut to the Lebanese Parliament.
Furthermore, many wore white T-shirts with “What’s your sect?” written on the front and “None of your business” on the back.
About 3,000 people marched in Beirut, capital of Lebanon, on Sunday 25th of April to demand a secular system in place of the Muslim-Christian sectarianism that permeates politics, employment and family status matters in Lebanon.
Here’s a statement on the Facebook’s page from someone who seems to truly believe that change can happen:
The lesson here is simple: if you have a cause and know how to target your audience, you can mobilize them!
The Human Rights Campaign did it as well! I know you can!
This makes me wonder: Is social media going to be the new platform where political figures have their battles in? And since there is no particular law to regulate the usage, what extreme opinions could be cast on these platforms?
Looking forward to your feedback down below :)