More couples get married without God
Is the chapel of love the same without religion?
USA Today brought up an interesting topic this week, discussing the increasing number of newlyweds who are tying the knot sans religion.
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Twenty-percent of Americans don't have a religious affiliation, the site reports, and that number is rising. As a result, humanist organizations such as the Center for Inquiry are offering programs to ordain non-religious ministers.
With these secular weddings, all of the other traditions are in place; the only thing that differs from a traditional wedding is the mention of God's blessing. For the non-religious, this can be an important omission. As one atheist told the news outlet:
"When I got married, I was worried. I didn't want any religious references in my wedding because I didn't want to start out the most important relationship of my life with a lie."
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Get off YOUR high horse. I said nothing about atheism. My comment was solely directed at society's general lack of commitment, continued misogyny, and total lack of value for people as a complete human being.
We live in a society of casual sexual encounters, where 80% of couples admit they would cheat if they can get away with it, and half do cheat. Cancer rates have skyrocketed due to HPV. People stay in unhappy relationships while trolling the internet for other options while deluding themselves into thinking they are happy.
Whether you follow God, or your own principles, is your own business. My point is that society as a whole needs to learn what REAL love and commitment really is.
As for atheist divorce rates: most atheists I know opted for civil unions, no marriage at all, or polyamory .
This is just depressing on so many levels. God created marriage for a reason.
Women, when men use you for sex, ask yourself why they would commit to you if they can get what they want for free?
Men, the next time your ego makes you believe you are a stud, know that the girl flirting with you is also hitting on at least five other guys while sleeping with her boyfriend.
This is what becomes of society that doesn't have any values. I feel so sorry for kids today given how people behave. There will be no such thing as love anymore. People are people, not objects, respect them.
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