Something to think about…. • What parts of interfaith marriage would be similar to or different than interracial marriage? • How would you rate the aesthetic quality (beauty) of interfaith marriage?
I do • Traditional dress • Accommodated the important elements of the respective religion • Careful not to offend the in-laws
Islam • “What’s important to the Moslem is that someone believes in God and can always be held accountable to something. Atheist, Buddhist, Agnostic or Unitarian Universalist women may not be eligible to marry a Moslem man.”
Islam • A Moslem male is permitted to marry a woman of the Book (Christian or Jew). • To preserve the Moslem faith, a Moslem girl is NOT allowed to marry outside of the religion. A non-Moslem male may only marry a Moslem woman if he FIRST sincerely converts to Islam.
Hinduism • Does not preach race or religion. It is very broad “The Vedas are for all men and there should be no distinction between human and human.” • Many non-Hindus really like Hinduism and are happy to adopt it.
Hinduism • Orthodox Hindu society treasures its beliefs and customs-including language and little things like food, dress, music and even caste-oriented idiosyncrasies-and views mixed-marriage as a diluting influence. • Accepting some karmic responsibility for the "mix" in the first place-appreciating the frustration of the Texan Hindu teen who said: "If our parents are always going to get mad about us dating and marrying non-Indians, no matter who they are, why didn't they stay in India and have their babies there!"
Judaism • Rabbi: “the future of the Jewish people is realized thru ‘in marriage’ and not out marriage. This does indeed ask individual to place Judaism’s survival and viability above one’s own romantic or personal considerations.
Judaism • Feels a degree of vulnerability • Long term reduction in fellowship could cause extinction of the religion • A Jew should marry someone with whom a new Jewish household can be established on shared values and tenets. This begins with a religious ceremony that itself has sense and validity only if both partners share these religious assumptions.
Judaism • Judaism so often is described as a ‘way of life’ is intimately bound up with domestic rituals. Many Jewish festivals take place in the home as much as they do in synagogue. It can be very difficult to maintain such Jewish practices if only one partners is Jewish.
Common Link • The children of the marriages are the largest commodity. The decision must be made, how will they be raised?
Common Link • Withdrawal: Both spouses withdraw from organized religious activity. • Conversion: One spouse converts to the religion of the other. • Compromise: both spouses leave their religious tradition and settle on a new faith group. • Multi-faith: "not seek to homogenize religious differences. Rather, it honors the sacredness and uniqueness of each faith..." • Ecumenical: They examine each other's religious traditions and, in essence, combine the two faith groups within their family.
Bibliography • www.religoustolerance.org/ifm_menu.htm • http://www.vivaaha.org/mixed.htm • http://www.zawaj.com/articles/interfaith.html • http://www.islamfortoday.com/interfaithmarriage.htm • http://www.jewfaq.org/gentiles.htm#Intermarriage