Catholic beliefs on interracial dating
The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.”After the Supreme Court invalidated bans on interracial marriage, Bob Jones University still argued that the freedom of religion provisions of the First Amendment allowed it to ban interracial dating and keep its tax-exempt status while doing so, because its “rule against interracial dating is a matter of religious belief and practice.” And after the Supreme Court rejected this argument, in 1983, the university continued to ban interracial dating until the year 2000.Even the more subtle legal defenses of same-sex marriage bans mirror the arguments used to defend bans on interracial marriage.For the American Catholic Church, the dust is a long way from being settled regarding the Supreme Court's recent decision for same-sex marriage. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in an early response, compared same-sex marriage with abortion, stating: “Just as does not settle the question of marriage today.” Is the implication of this statement that the Catholic response should be a political, legal, and cultural campaign against same-sex marriage, akin to that waged against abortion? No, it’s the terrible harm done to unconsenting innocents.How Catholic institutions will respond is not entirely clear. Frankly, I’m doubtful that’s the approach the Catholics will take. But no comparable harm results from consenting same-sex relationships.The document, called When Two Faiths Meet, is the product of months of painstaking negotiations between Christian and Muslim leaders and emphasises the need for tolerance and acceptance of mixed-faith marriages.Among the recommendations are speaking out against forced conversions, recognising the legality of inter-faith marriages in British law, non-judgemental pastoral care and a complete rejection of any violence."It might sound a little like we are stating the obvious but it does need to be said," Sheikh Ibrahim told The Independent.Estimating the number of people in mixed-faith marriages is difficult.The 2001 census suggests 21,000 but demographers believe the figure is considerably higher.
Although marrying between faiths is entirely legal in Britain, couples often face resistance and hostility, both from family members and religious leaders.
“Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” has become a cliché, but opposition to marriage equality remains rooted in certain religious beliefs.
The same-sex marriage bans of four states will be considered next week by the Supreme Court in .
Occasionally both Muslims and Christians feel pressure to convert to another's faith in order to avoid fallouts and ostracism.
The new guidelines by the Christian-Muslim forum reinforce the need for religious leaders to accept inter-faith marriages and warn that no one should ever feel forced to convert.