In the first of a two-part interview posted on Al Jazeera yesterday, Rima Fakih, the new Miss USA said most people think Lebonon is mainly Muslim and tried to correct that perception by saying there were probably more Catholics than Muslims in Lebonon (at the 8:40 minute mark). There is just one problem - she's totally wrong.
According to the 2008 Religious Freedom Report:
...However, the most recent demographic study conducted by Statistics Lebanon, a Beirut-based research firm, showed 28 percent of the population is Sunni Muslim, 28 percent Shi'a Muslim, 22 percent Maronite Christian, 8 percent Greek Orthodox, 5 percent Druze, and 4 percent Greek Catholic. Over the past 60 years, there has been a steady decline in the number of Christians as compared to Muslims, mostly due to the emigration of large numbers of Maronite Christians and a higher than average birth rate among the Muslim population.