The Pew Research Center has recently released an info-graphic called “Global Views on Morality” that include 40 countries. The studied issues are diverse, from notably homosexuality to divorce and alcohol use. It asks the simple question for every issue, for example: Do you personally believe that homosexuality is morally acceptable, morally unacceptable, or is it not a moral issue?
For homosexuality, Lebanese have answered 80% morally unacceptable, 7% acceptable and 11% not a moral issue. They also consider premarital sex and extramarital affairs as less morally acceptable, with 81% and 92%. 0% find extramarital affairs as acceptable.
Contraception use and divorce are the most accepted issues of Lebanon, Lebanese answered it was accepted with a percentage of 34% and 48%.
The global median for Homosexuality is 59% unacceptable, 20% acceptable and 13% not a moral issue. Lebanon is quite far from the median, and yet it is close for the “not a moral issue” one.
While it can be easy and reasonable to think homosexuality unacceptability is because of a specific religion, especially the Middle East and Islam, it is an erroneous theory. For example, Ghana find homosexuality unacceptable with 98% (and ranks first for unaccepting homosexuality) and Uganda with 93%, both have an absolute majority of Christians.
Homosexuality and all the other issues that are unaccepted are not to be tied to a specific religion.
As for the Middle East, Lebanon is the Arab country that accept the most homosexuality with only 7%, Israel being the first country in the Middle East with 27%.
Lebanon, while behind on the homosexuality score, is slowly advancing towards better rights for LGBT people. In January 2014, a judge ruled out article 534, the law that condemn people who have sexual acts “that contradict the laws of nature”. An advancement for equal rights in Lebanon and the region.