Audeh Urges MPs to Elect President, Calls for Revolt against Negligence

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Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Beirut Elias Audeh condemned on Sunday the ongoing vacancy in the presidency, questioning the motives of lawmakers in the failure to elect a head of state following 21 electoral sessions.

He said during Easter Sunday mass: “If you truly represent the people, then you should elect a president. You have a holy duty to elect a head of state as soon as possible.”

“Is the election of a president so difficult?” he wondered from St. George Cathedral in Beirut.

“Aren't there any more responsible individuals in Lebanon who can steer the country away from its plight? The nation is more important than interests and tutelage to foreign powers,” he continued.

“The nation is more important than the pursuit of power,” Audeh declared.

“I call on all sides to rebel against this reality, political feudalism, and ignorance. I call on all to return to their conscience,” he stated.

“I call for adopting knowledge in the face of ignorance, light against darkness, and morality against immorality,” he added.

Addressing the rise of Islamic extremism in the region, the archbishop said: “We must stand united to avert the regional unrest from reaching our country.”

“Some civilizations are facing the threat of extinction due to extremism. Is the destruction of places of worship and signs of civilization a form of religion?” he wondered.

“Religion is not a political ideology, but the belief in God,” Audeh emphasized.

“Extremism and the persecution of the other will destroy the soul and tarnish religion,” he noted.

Turning to Muslims, he said: “You should stand firmly against waves of takfiris and extremism. Only God will be my judge.”

“If Christians are driven out of the region, what identity will the East have without them? Everyone knows that Christians are deep-rooted in this region. Is an East lacking in religious diversity capable of interacting with the West?” he asked in reference to the persecution of minorities at the hands of the Islamic State extremist group.

He therefore emphasized the need to respect the beliefs of others and the need to safeguard this principle.

“Real faith should not be a reason for division. Only those who believe in God can save the nation and a real believer cannot live isolated from other groups,” he remarked.

Lebanon has been without a president since May when the term of Michel Suleiman ended without the election of a successor.

Ongoing disputes between the rival March 8 and 14 camps over a compromise candidate have thwarted the polls.


Comments 14
Thumb eagledawn 12 April 2015, 11:31

Audeh: I call for adopting knowledge in the face of ignorance (Southern), light against darkness (Mowaten), and morality against immorality (Flamethrower).

Thumb ex-fpm 12 April 2015, 12:51

rofl !

Thumb Mystic 12 April 2015, 14:21

Micah 2:1

Woe to those who scheme iniquity, Who work out evil on their beds! When morning comes, they do it, For it is in the power of their hands.

- Someone like you vulturedawn.

Thumb eagledawn 12 April 2015, 15:55

14:25مقتل خليل حسين جابر أحد عناصر "حزب الله" في معارك فليطة فجراً.

Thumb Mystic 12 April 2015, 16:29

صعدة(العالم)- 12‏/04‏/2015 ــ افاد مراسلو قناة العالم الاخبارية في اليمن ان القبائل على الحدود مع السعودية أسرت 18 سعوديا بينهم 8 ضباط ردا على اعتداء حرس الحدود السعوديين عليهم وقتل عدد منهم، مؤكدا ان القبائل ليست تابعة لأنصار الله.

Thumb eagledawn 12 April 2015, 17:18

lol قناة العالم الاخبارية:)))))
I could care less:) All I care about is how many of your terrorists based in Lebanon get killed.
By the way how many fighter jets have you and your houthis downed so far? Your last war communique 2 days into the air campaign was a dozen f-15s? I bet by now the tally must be at least 80?

Thumb geha 12 April 2015, 17:30

the more hizbushaitan elements dead the better for Lebanon.

Thumb eagledawn 12 April 2015, 17:32

Archbishop of Beirut Elias Audeh: I call for adopting knowledge in the face of ignorance (Southern), light against darkness (Mowaten), morality against immorality (Flamethrower), and truth against lies (Mystic)

Thumb Mystic 12 April 2015, 18:00

You do care vulture, why do you deny that? You trying to turn on your wahabi masters or what.

Thumb -phoenix1 13 April 2015, 13:53

Mystic, why for God's sake can't you just debate a topic without having to resort to name-calling? You will go nowhere with this. here is a debate, put your thoughts on the table and let's exchange our views, simple, why all this acrimony, why all this sulfuric and acidic ranting, everyone can voice his or her opinion without having to have people like you barge in with such debasing attitudes. Just speak your mind, that's all that's required of you.

Default-user-icon + oua nabka + (Guest) 12 April 2015, 12:36

massih kam hakan kam
best words of wisdom ever Archbishop
god bless democracy

Missing humble 12 April 2015, 16:40

It is forbidden for Christian to lie (Mgr Audeh quoting Mar Boulos).
The Caporal is a liar; therefore the Caporal is not a Christian.

Thumb -phoenix1 13 April 2015, 13:49

Humble, the caporal Aoun Al Capaoun the claoun is NOT a Christian, he is a Freemason whose aim is to eradicate Christianity from Lebanon. In Freemasonry, for the 17th level, for a Freemason to pass onwards, he has to walk on the crucified. If we look at what this fleabag of Aoun has done, everyone will see why and for what his role has been all along. But his days are now counted, he is losing almost every election, only idiots, imbeciles, fools and paid selfish agents are still following him.

Default-user-icon milles (Guest) 12 April 2015, 19:54

عودة: اتوجه الى النواب الذين وان كانوا حقا يمثلون الشعب وأخاطب ضمائرهم الا يأتمروا للخارج وان ينتخبوا رئيساً ل

البطريرك الراعي: انتخاب الرئيس اليوم قبل الغد يعلو كل اعتبار وكل حساب