Discrimination Against Atheists in Lebanon

You are invited to participate in a survey about the discrimination against atheists in Lebanon. This is part of a research project being conducted by Freethought Lebanon. This survey is expected to take 7-10 mins.
PARTICIPATION
Your participation in this survey is voluntary. You may refuse to take part in the research or stop filling the survey at any time.
BENEFITS
You will receive no direct benefits from participating in this research study. However, your responses are highly appreciated to complete this first-of-a-kind study.
RISKS
There are no foreseeable risks involved in participating in this study. However, you may find some of the questions to be sensitive or even distressing as you think about your experiences.
CONFIDENTIALITY
All the collected data will be stored in a password protected electronic format. To help protect your identity, the surveys will be filled anonymously and will not contain information that will personally identify you. The results of this survey will be used for scholarly purposes only and will be published in a public report as well as on social media.
CONTACT
If you have any question about the survey you can contact us at any time at contact@freethoughtlebanon.net
Clicking on "Agree" indicates that you have read this form and decided to consent and participate in the research study. (Required)

Agree

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General Information
What is your sex? (Required)

Female

Male


What age group do you belong to? (Required)

Under 18

18-24

25-34

35-44

45-54

55-64

65+

Where do you live in Lebanon? (Required)

Akkar governorate

Baalbek-Hermel governorate

Beirut governorate

Bekaa governorate (Rashaya, Western Beqaa, Zahle)

Mount Lebanon governorate (Aley, Baabda, Jbeil, Chouf, Keserwan, Matn)

Nabatieh governorate (Bint Jbeil, Hasbaya, Marjeyoun, Nabatieh)

North governorate (Batroun, Bsharri, Koura, Miniyeh-Danniyeh, Tripoli, Zgharta)

South governorate (Jezzine, Sidon, Tyre)

I live abroad


Where do you originally come from? (Required)

Akkar governorate

Baalbek-Hermel governorate

Beirut governorate

Bekaa governorate (Rashaya, Western Beqaa, Zahle)

Mount Lebanon governorate (Aley, Baabda, Jbeil, Chouf, Keserwan, Matn)

Nabatieh governorate (Bint Jbeil, Hasbaya, Marjeyoun, Nabatieh)

North governorate (Batroun, Bsharri, Koura, Miniyeh-Danniyeh, Tripoli, Zgharta)

South governorate (Jezzine, Sidon, Tyre)


Would you consider your area of residence in Lebanon to be urban or rural? (Required)

Urban (city)

Rural (village)


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Religious Background
What religious background do you come from? (Required)
What is the religion of your parents?

Mixed (i.e. you parents were born into different religions)

Christian - Maronite

Christian - Greek Orthodox

Christian - Melkite/ Catholic

Christian - Armenian Orthodox

Christian - Armenian Catholic

Christian - Evangelical Protestant

Muslim - Sunni

Muslim - Shia

Druze

Alawite


Christian - Mixed

Muslim - Mixed

How religious do you consider your immediate family to be? (Required)

Not religious at all (practical atheists; religion does not play a crucial part in their lives)

Somehow religious (believe in God but do not necessarily adhere to religious practices)

Religious (believe in God and mostly abide by religious practices)

Very Religious (religion is highly important to their world view and they strongly abide by religious practices)

Are you open to your immediate family about your atheism? (Required)

Yes

No


Are you open to your friends about your atheism? (Required)

Yes

No


Are you open to your boss and/or co-workers about your atheism? (Required)

Yes

No


Not applicable

To some extent

Do you agree with this statement: "At times I have felt isolated from my society, friends, or family because of my atheism"? (Required)

Strongly disagree

Disagree

Neutral

Agree

Strongly agree

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Discrimination
Have you ever been discriminated against because of your atheism? (Required)

Yes

No

Do you fear that being open about your atheism will negatively affect your career? (Required)

Yes

No


Not applicable

To some extent

Were you ever subject to any of the following microaggressions/stereotypes ? Which? (Required - multiple selections)

'You will change your mind when you grow up'

'If you don't believe in god, what stops you from commiting immoral acts?'

'I would never date or be friends with an atheist (or want my child to)'

'You are a nice person despite being an atheist'

'If you are an atheist, what stops you from sleeping with your sibling/parent?'

'If you don't believe in god, so you worship Satan?'


None of the above

This is to test your attention, please pick the third option. (Required - multiple selections)

First option

Second option

Third option

Fourth option

Have you ever felt that your life, health, or well-being are at risk because of your atheism? (Required)

Yes

No

Do you feel that you are treated unfairly by Lebanese personal status laws (marriage, divorce, inheritance, custody over children..)? (Required)

Yes

No

Were/are you forced to conform to religious practices or duties against your will (e.g: wear the veil, pray, go to church, fast.. )? (Required)

Yes

No

Have you ever pretended to pray, fast, or practice any religious duties to please your family or community? (Required)

Yes

No

Do you feel that your atheism (or expression of atheism) might cause you legal problems in Lebanon? (Required)

Yes

No

Have you ever practiced self-censorship on your views regarding atheism in order to avoid social or legal consequences? (Required)

Yes

To some extent

No

Do you feel that the Lebanese political system respects you and is inclusive to atheists? (Required)

Yes

No

From your experience, do you feel that Lebanese educational institutions (e.g. schools or universities) instigate/incite against atheists? (Required)

Yes

No


Not applicable

To some extent

In your opinion, how does society see you and other atheists? (Required - multiple selections)

Not-trustworthy

Immoral

Psychologically ill

Show-off

Satanist

Ungrateful

Normal person


None of the above

How much does the discrimination and microaggressions you face affect your quality of life? (Required)

Not at all

To a little extent

To some extent

Significantly

To a great extent

Are you currently under any risk or need any assistance? If so please reach out to us at contact@freethoughtlebanon.net, or leave your email address with some background information and our 'Protection Team' would contact you (Optional)

Once again, where do you originally come from? (Required)

Mount Lebanon governorate (Aley, Baabda, Jbeil, Chouf, Keserwan, Matn)

Nabatieh governorate (Bint Jbeil, Hasbaya, Marjeyoun, Nabatieh)

North governorate (Batroun, Bsharri, Koura, Miniyeh-Danniyeh, Tripoli, Zgharta)

South governorate (Jezzine, Sidon, Tyre)

Akkar governorate

Baalbek-Hermel governorate

Beirut governorate

Bekaa governorate (Rashaya, Western Beqaa, Zahle)


Is there anything else you would like to add? (Optional)

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