I'll leave to others to rebut the many non sequiturs and false assumptions in this piece, but I can't ignore his cynical attempt to drag Ireland into it. Ireland does NOT define itself in either ethnic or religious terms. There is no equivalent in Ireland's self-definition of "Syrian ARAB Republic" nor does Ireland call itself "Irish Catholic Republic". Indeed art 44 of the Irish Constitution, affirming "the special position of the Catholic Church", was removed by popular vote in 1972.
from the article: We are a people, a response to Sari Nusseibeh