Op-Ed: George Clooney's future in-laws tied to Druze; Shia

Posted Jul 8, 2014 by Larry Clifton
*Updated* Actor George Clooney isn’t likely to visit with his fiancée’s family in Lebanon before he ties the knot with British lawyer Amal Alamuddin. It's rumored that Alamuddin comes from an Orthodox Lebanese Druze family.
President Barack Obama and actor George Clooney.
President Barack Obama and actor George Clooney.
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The Middle East religion incorporates elements of Shia Islam and other beliefs as compared to the average run-of-the-mill Muslim. Meanwhile, the bride-to-be’s mother, Baria Alamuddin, being Druze, probably wonders why Amal couldn’t have picked a nice Druze boy from Beirut to marry - after all, there are about 500,000 of them in Lebanon.
By the religious tenets of Druze, any subsequent children of the Clooney-Alamuddin union might not be welcomed into the Druze branch of the family because the Druze religion forbids marriage “outside the faith.”
While Hollywood marriages are usually shorter than a hitch in the military, the added stress of dealing with angry Druze in-laws might make this marriage seem more like a three-day pass. Moreover, since those who marry outside of the Druze faith are considered “outcasts," theoretically the couple’s children would be forever shunned by their Druze grandparents when it comes to religion.
Fortunately, Amal is a high flying lawyer who counts Julian Assange of WikiLeaks and Yulia Tymoshenky, former Prime Minister of Ukraine, among her clients, so she probably doesn’t make daily prayer meetings.
While the jet-setting couple aren’t likely to run out of material things like, say, tens of millions of dollars and magnificent mansions, it looks like Clooney’s mother will be hosting Thanksgiving and other holiday events.
For their part, George’s parents are said to be “ecstatic” about their son finally succumbing to marital bliss at his relatively advanced age.
As for all those Mrs. Clooney wannabes — first, it’s a Hollywood marriage, they don’t last. Secondly — it is far from a blessed union, since bride’s family family is connected to Shia or a similar religion, that religion would consider them and their potential offspring “outcasts.”
If they get married at all, the couple will likely be divorced before it’s time to send Baria Alamuddin and the rest of the Beirut branch Christmas cards.
On the other hand, Clooney could convert to Druze and live under Shia Law, but don't expect to see the Hollywood star to hit the prayer mats anytime soon.