Majority of U.S. disapproves of marrying atheists
    January 21 2010 by Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service

    Most Americans accept interracial marriage, but many people of faith say they would be troubled by a family member’s decision to marry an atheist, the Pew Research Center reports.

    Seven in 10 Americans associated with a religion said they would either be bothered, but come to accept such a marriage (43 percent) or not ever accept (27 percent) it, the poll found.

    Meanwhile, slightly more than a quarter of religious Americans (27 percent) said they “would be fine” with a relative marrying a person who did not believe in God. While black Americans are the most likely to accept interracial marriage, among people of faith, they are more uncomfortable with marriage to an atheist compared to whites and Hispanics, researchers reported in the study released Jan. 12.

    In general, people who attend religious services at least once a week are less likely to approve of marriage to a nonbeliever: 16 percent of weekly worshippers would be fine with a marriage to an atheist, compared to 36 percent of people who attend less frequently.

    Among frequent worshippers, whites are less likely than blacks, and far less likely than Hispanics, to approve of marriage to an atheist. Eleven percent of white frequent attenders, compared to 16 percent of blacks and 35 percent of Hispanics, said it would be fine if a relative married a nonbeliever.  
    1/21/2010 8:52:00 AM by Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service | with 0 comments

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