It seems every day on the news and talk shows we are hearing about “Christian rights” and “Christian representation.” Here one MP has even created a pie-chart to show how he proposes to boost said “Christian rights.”

But what are “Christian rights” exactly? And how do they differ from “Muslim rights” or “Druze rights”? Do you have to be a practicing Christian to qualify for such rights? What if you are a “bad Christian” like the kind that romps around town in black-tinted windows cutting other cars off the highway or deploying your bodyguards to threaten others when necessary? Or what if you are the type of “Christian” that engages in criminal or genocidal behavior, like massacres and looting of towns and villages? Or did Christians not take part in that?

In any case, Christian rights must be different than human rights, because I don’t see any MPs talking about those.

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Habib Battah
Habib Battah is an investigative journalist and founder of the news site beirutreport.com. Battah has covered Lebanon and the Middle East for over 15 years and teaches journalism and media studies at the American University of Beirut. He is a contributor to Monocle, The Guardian, BBC World, Al Jazeera and others, a former fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University and two-time recipient of the Samir Kassir Press Freedom Award. Battah's investigative work was recently recognized for outstanding local reporting by the Columbia University Oakes Award for Environmental Reporting. Battah earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in Near East Studies and Journalism from New York University.

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