AeroWesty
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Lebanon - Red Cross, Not Red Crescent

Sun Jul 16, 2006 11:20 am

In some of threads here in the past few days, a lot has been made of the religious differences within Lebanon. Something just struck me on TV.

Lebanon has a Red Cross Society, when all their Arab/Muslim neighbors have a Red Crescent Society.

Will wonders never cease.

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RE: Lebanon - Red Cross, Not Red Crescent

Sun Jul 16, 2006 11:34 am

I don't get why the Red Cross is precieved as a religious symbol. It really looks more like a Red Plus Sign....

It's not like the Red Cross features a full-fledged crusifix with Jesus Christ hanging in agony. I don't see what the big deal is, but then again, that seems to be my case in most religious conflicts...
 
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RE: Lebanon - Red Cross, Not Red Crescent

Sun Jul 16, 2006 11:42 am

Ironically enough just two weeks ago, the decades long controversy about Israel's "Red Cross" was settled despite Muslim attempts to block Israel's entry.
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RE: Lebanon - Red Cross, Not Red Crescent

Sun Jul 16, 2006 12:11 pm

While I see the Red Cross is a symbol with no religious significance, when you have a red cross society which is called the red cross and has the cross as a symbol in a 90%+ Muslim nation (most Arab nations), the red crescent is more fitting. It is nothing more than that, with no real big deal... Israel also has their own "red cross" (forgot its name), so its a trend in non-Christian countries.
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RE: Lebanon - Red Cross, Not Red Crescent

Sun Jul 16, 2006 1:24 pm

Quoting QR332 (Reply 3):
Israel also has their own "red cross" (forgot its name), so its a trend in non-Christian countries.

It looked like a Red Star (supremly ironic, IMO) on the IFRC page...

Quoting QR332 (Reply 3):
It is nothing more than that, with no real big deal...

At the end of the day, that's all that really matters I suppose  Smile
 
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RE: Lebanon - Red Cross, Not Red Crescent

Sun Jul 16, 2006 2:21 pm

During earthquakes in Turkey where Israeli rescue teams helping out, they sport the star of david in red.
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RE: Lebanon - Red Cross, Not Red Crescent

Sun Jul 16, 2006 2:55 pm

Why are you shocked? The president of Lebanon is Christian and the country is split nearly 50/50. If you included all the Lebanese abroad the Christians are a majority. In general the two religions get along - it's these militias that screw things up!
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RE: Lebanon - Red Cross, Not Red Crescent

Sun Jul 16, 2006 2:57 pm

Quoting QR332 (Reply 3):
Israel also has their own "red cross" (forgot its name)

Magen David Adom, or Red Star of David
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RE: Lebanon - Red Cross, Not Red Crescent

Sun Jul 16, 2006 3:00 pm

Quoting Marco (Reply 6):
The president of Lebanon is Christian and the country is split nearly 50/50. If you included all the Lebanese abroad the Christians are a majority. I

Well that's what I thought, but I keep reading all this doom and gloom in these threads about how Christians in Lebanon are so marginalized these days, blah blah blah. It goes to prove that one can't believe everything on the internet, doesn't it?  Wink
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RE: Lebanon - Red Cross, Not Red Crescent

Sun Jul 16, 2006 3:04 pm

They're not marginalized; trust me. Economically they're better off and the parliament is split 50/50. They are not really a minority since Lebanon has strong Christian history. Also, even if the population of Christians in Lebanon is not what it used to be, the Christians still support it and visit it every year. In Syria Christians are not marginalized. In Jordan they are not either. Now tell me Egypt or Iraq and I'll tell you definately. Wasn't so but times have changed.
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