Christian Only By Name, No 1st Communion For Bassam Abou Zeid’s Children For Having Special Needs

  
Over the years, first communions have become less about the religious value they uphold but rather about which child has the best combo of it all: souvenirs, party, ceremony. 

It was the case when I did it almost 18 years ago. My parents went all out. Things have only gotten worse since.

Despite the materialistic aspect of the ceremony, it remains a rite of passage for a lot of Lebanese Christians, mostly Maronites. For many children, it’s the highlight of their 8th year. For most parents, it’s one of the last religious festivities their children will go through .

Yesterday, news surfaced that well-known Lebanese reporter Bassam Abou Zeid wouldn’t be going through that experience with his two little boys: Matheo and Iowan. 

In a Facebook post, Abou Zeid detailed the ordeal his children were going through in the St. Doumit Parish in Zouk Mkayel; the ceremony organizers were having issues handling them so they required the parents to be present during rehearsals, which the parents obliged to, only to be faced with the ultimatum that their children were not a “proper fit” with that particular parish to undergo the ceremony.

When Abou Zeid spoke to the Parish priest to sort things out, parents threatened to take their children elsewhere if Abou Zeid’s children were to remain part of that particular first communion, for fear of them “ruining” it.

To summarize: this is one of the most disgusting things to occur in Lebanese society in years, there’s nothing Christian about this. Those parents – screw them – should be ashamed. Those ceremony organizers should be ashamed as well.

Let’s start with the ceremony organizers.

It is your duty as volunteers to hold such ceremonies to take in children from all kinds of kinds whose parents want them to take the next step in their Christian life. Bassam Abou Zeid’s children having special needs and you not being able to adapt to them does not reflect negatively on the children, it shows your ineptitude at doing your job. I don’t blame you. I blame the Parish that accepted you to run their ceremony to begin with.

To those parents who threatened to transfer their children if Bassam’s boys were allowed to participate, you are nauseating. Not only is this utterly disgusting on your part, it also shows that you are unfit parents, to condemn little boys in that manner, little boys whose only fault was to have special needs, which isn’t really a fault at all. I hope that your children never face the kind of discrimination you’re throwing at Matheo and Iowan. I hope you never have to be the parent in Bassam’s shoes, and have someone like you tell them: oh, we don’t want your children to ruin it for ours. The only thing Christian about you is the sectarian tag on your ID. I advise you to take your children out of the ceremony anyway, there’s nothing Christian about what you are doing there.

To the priest Joseph Eid, it is your duty to make sure that Matheo and Iowan attend that ceremony along with the other children. It is despicable and horrifying if you were to succumb to the parents’ threats about not wanting their children to have their ceremony ruined. It is your job as a priest to make sure that the God you serve, the one who wanted all God’s children to be part of His church, not to have some children be excluded because their parents are dimwits or because your Parish is inept: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Mathew 19:14. 

To Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch, there are things more important in Christianity than the number of parliamentary seats Maronites get, what the president can do or who he is. The life matters of your people are important too. This is not an event worth letting by.

I don’t know what kind of special needs Bassam Abou Zeid’s children have, but it doesn’t matter. They’re just kids, and they’re falling victim not only to a religious institution, but to people who have no ounce of humanity in them. Tfeh. 

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7 thoughts on “Christian Only By Name, No 1st Communion For Bassam Abou Zeid’s Children For Having Special Needs

  1. I wouldn’t be surprised of such stories.
    Scandal? Not at all.
    It’s a mass public opinion that needs to be changed, especially that not one person is responsible of this but a whole community.

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    • Mr Bassam Abou Zeid please tell these people the truth, you don t have the right to trigger a polemic based on distorted truth. a truth that you know very well and that even kids who were attending the first communion sessions know very well too. Tell these people that your kids were accepted and that they attended 4 times and also tell these people that from the very first moment they were in, they started tearing the holy mass books and hitting kids around and that the 2 persons accompanying them from the institution they belong to could nt hold them from harming others and putting mess in the class. Tell the people that ur kids are known to be turbulent and that even you and your wife cannot handle them. Tell them also that you were offered a private ceremony for your kids first communion with beautiful set up and flowers from the parish. Tell the truth and do not let people think that the parish, the church are evil, at least recognize this in front of God and the rest will come. Make ur mea culpa publicly, it is beautiful to recognize its own mistakes and fix them instead of having to face them all life long! So please Be True!

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      • the church is evil. Christianity is. All religions too. You want to be true “Ghislaine” then throw away your religion in the trash, coz thats where it belongs. whoever defends religion is a zebbel (not educated person)

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  2. Mr Bassam Abou Zeid please tell these people the truth, you don t have the right to trigger a polemic based on distorted truth. a truth that you know very well and that even kids who were attending the first communion sessions know very well too. Tell these people that your kids were accepted and that they attended 4 times and also tell these people that from the very first moment they were in, they started tearing the holy mass books and hitting kids around and that the 2 persons accompanying them from the institution they belong to could nt hold them from harming others and putting mess in the class. Tell the people that ur kids are known to be turbulent and that even you and your wife cannot handle them. Tell them also that you were offered a private ceremony for your kids first communion with beautiful set up and flowers from the parish. Tell the truth and do not let people think that the parish, the church are evil, at least recognize this in front of God and the rest will come. Make ur mea culpa publicly, it is beautiful to recognize its own mistakes and fix them instead of having to face them all life long! So please Be True!

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  3. Au lieu de sauter de bénitier en bénitier petites grenouilles en empoisonnant son eau aller chercher plutôt la vérité

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  4. Il reconnaitre que sur cette question les libanais sont beaucoup plus humains que les occidentaux. Les lois en occident autorisent et encouragent les meres à se debarrasser de leurs enfants s’ils risquent d’avoir des besoins speciaux. Au liban ils vivent dignement et respectés par tout le monde.
    Malheureusement Bassam abuse de ses enfants pour des fins conjugaux….

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