Religion News: Marriage to atheists still troubling to American families

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A recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, aimed at examining political polarization, found that almost half of Americans of would be disappointed if a family member married an atheist. That percentage is far more than those would be unhappy if a family member married a partner of a different political party or a different race.

Of those surveyed, only 20 percent indicated they would be displeased if a close family member married someone of the opposite political party, and 11 percent would be upset if that person was of a different race. But 49 percent said they would be disappointed if their future in-law did not believe in God.

Survey respondents who categorized themselves as “consistently conservative” were most against marriage to an atheist, with 73 percent saying they would be troubled by such a union.

Perhaps surprisingly, respondents who classified themselves as liberal also had strong reservations about a family member marrying an atheist, with 41 percent of those who call themselves “mostly liberal” and 24 percent of those “consistently liberal” indicating they would not want a non-believer marrying into their family.

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