Are Interfaith Marriages with Atheists on the Rise?

It seems a bit out of place at The Economist, but the rise of interfaith marriages is a fascinating subject for discussion:

Yet American rates of inter-faith and inter-denominational marriage are rising, to the point where 45% of marriages in the past decade have involved either two religions or Christian doctrines that clash seriously…

There are a lot of reasons for this, as the article points out: People are marrying later in life so family traditions no longer weigh as heavily on their minds. Marrying someone of a different faith is no longer as taboo as it used to be.

I wonder, though, if atheists break those trends.

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Catholic League’s Bill Donohue on the Purpose of Marriage: ‘It’s Not About Making People Happy; It’s Not About Love’

Who knows more about the Bible? The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue or Current TV’s John Fugelsang?

Or, to put it another way, the guy who makes a living as a self-proclaimed spokesperson for his faith, or the guy who makes a living asking questions?

Yeah, we all know where this is going…

Some of the highlights:

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Secular Coalition for America Gives Elizabeth Colbert Busch an ‘A’ Rating

On May 7th, Elizabeth Colbert Busch (D) will run against Mark Sanford (R) and Eugene Platt (Green) in the special election for South Carolina’s 1st congressional district.

The Secular Coalition for America — a non-partisan group — grades candidates on the basis of their public responses to matters concerning church/state separation. And, in this race, Colbert Busch received the highest grade while Sanford failed miserably (PDF):

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So That’s How the Vatican Works…

CGPGrey presents “Vatican City Explained“:

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Sex-Ed Banned in Public School Buildings Owned by the ‘Cash-Strapped’ Catholic Church

Children and teens in New York are being forced off-campus for education about sexual health and HIV prevention at the insistence of the Catholic Church. How can the Church get away with that? Well, it helps that they own the buildings in which the public schools are housed:

As a result of a longstanding but little-known agreement between church and city officials, dozens of city schools that lease church-owned buildings must take students off site for sex education.

So the church is using its ownership of the buildings to dictate what public school students can and cannot learn on campus. To my surprise, it turns out that the interference in public education has been going on for several years:

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