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Would You Convert Before Wedding?

Would You Convert?

Chelsea Clinton will marry someone of a different religion this Summer, just like her parents Hillary (a Methodist) and Bill (a Southern Baptist). But the differences in faith go a little further — Chelsea's fiancé Marc Mezvinsky was raised a Conservative Jew, a movement in Judaism that discourages interfaith marriages. In fact, a Conservative Jewish rabbi cannot officiate the wedding unless the non-Jewish spouse converts.

Like many of the details surrounding the former-first daughter's wedding, we're not sure whether Chelsea will convert. But she has offered her support to her future husband's faith, attending Yom Kippur services last year with Marc. If you were in her shoes, what would you do?

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Happsmjc Happsmjc 5 years
thanks anonymous 2! i don't understand how people still forget that Christianity is the fundamental religion sometimes, something I encountered daily going to a Catholic university as a protestant (no one ever understood we were all CHRISTIAN before we were Catholic or Protestant!)
Happsmjc Happsmjc 5 years
thanks anonymous 2! i don't understand how people still forget that Christianity is the fundamental religion sometimes, something I encountered daily going to a Catholic university as a protestant (no one ever understood we were all CHRISTIAN before we were Catholic or Protestant!)
katialoves katialoves 5 years
i wouldnt marry anyone who wanted our future children to go to church or anywhere where you give money to people in exchange for a promise of an afterlife
gingirl gingirl 5 years
My religion is not all that important to me. I'm a lapsed Catholic (seriously haven't been to Mass in about 5 years, even though I did attend Catholic school for a while when I was younger), but I do celebrate all the holidays. My boyfriend is also a Conservative Jew so this an issue we've been talking about for a few years now. I knew from the beginning that his religion was important to him and if we ever decided to get married I would have to convert. I really don't have much of a problem with this. But it seems that the longer we're together, the less it matters to him. Because he just wants me for me, he doesn't need me to change. So what if a Rabbi can't marry us? His family on the other hand.....well.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 5 years
Personally? Perhaps to Judaism. Perhaps.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 5 years
I meant I don't think, not I don't thing. What is wrong with me today?
totygoliguez totygoliguez 5 years
I don't believe in religion and doubt Gods existence. I don't thing I'll change into someone else religion. If he's religious and is capable of respecting the fact that I'm an agnostic, that is great. If he doesn't respect who I am, he is not the guy for me.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 5 years
My husband and I are both Christians. If we hadn't met, I don't think I would have been in an interfaith marriage because my religion is important to me and I would want to share my life with someone in the same faith.
stephley stephley 5 years
I can honor someone else's religion, but I have mine for a reason so no, I wouldn't convert.
amber512 amber512 5 years
My husband and I have separate religions. Well in that I have one, and he does not. He does go to church with me, but I would not give up what I believe in for anyone else.
French-Kiss French-Kiss 5 years
I don't believe in God either, so i have no religion. But my "non faith" is strong, so i just couldn't date someone who's really into religion, like somone who talks a lot about it, etc... Not that i don't tolerate, but i would feel opressed to be with someone that tries to teach me his faith. But, just to say, i do the same with my friends : if they are moederate and i feel no pressure it's okay, if not, i end up our relationship because i feel way too uncomfortable.
French-Kiss French-Kiss 5 years
I don't believe in God either, so i have no religion. But my "non faith" is strong, so i just couldn't date someone who's really into religion, like somone who talks a lot about it, etc... Not that i don't tolerate, but i would feel opressed to be with someone that tries to teach me his faith. But, just to say, i do the same with my friends : if they are moederate and i feel no pressure it's okay, if not, i end up our relationship because i feel way too uncomfortable.
MeiGaku MeiGaku 5 years
lol i don't care because even if i converted, i wouldn't go to church or anything. am just not a religious person. but then again, i'm not atheist either.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
Nope. I was raised an atheist and will die an atheist.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
I was raised without religion and do not believe in God. I am not antitheistic by any means; I understand that faith is powerful and it is to be respected. I just don't believe that there is a God.If for some odd reason I decided to get married again ;) , and that marriage was to be to a religious man, I would honor his faith but would not convert. I would attend church if he asked me to. I would allow my daughter to go to Sunday school if she wanted to (because really, an upbringing without religion means missing out on Biblical references that most of the population understands). But it would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to cultivate a belief in God.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
I was raised without religion and do not believe in God. I am not antitheistic by any means; I understand that faith is powerful and it is to be respected. I just don't believe that there is a God. If for some odd reason I decided to get married again ;) , and that marriage was to be to a religious man, I would honor his faith but would not convert. I would attend church if he asked me to. I would allow my daughter to go to Sunday school if she wanted to (because really, an upbringing without religion means missing out on Biblical references that most of the population understands). But it would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to cultivate a belief in God.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 5 years
No. My faith is really important to me. No matter what I call myself I'll always have the same beliefs so there's really no point in converting.
le-romantique le-romantique 5 years
Hmm... I'd have to be REALLY blinded by love to be pulled into any religion.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
It would all depend on circumstance. Of course, I think it would be great if we can both have our own faith, but I am not steadfast in my beliefs and my religion is only marginally important to me, so if I met someone who could only marry me (for religious and/or family reasons) if I converted, AND he was respectful, never forced me, wanted to make the transition as easy as possible etc., and was a wonderful man with whom I wanted to spend the rest of my life and have babies, then I would consider it if I were in love and I WANTED to. I would never be forced - for obvious reasons, but also because as soon as religion is forced down my throat I object to it, so I would never want it to be the only thing we talked about, the most important thing. So, to me, the circumstance would be the way the subject was broached, and the religion I would be converting to. After you spend time with someone for a long time, you may realize you like their religion and its customs etc., so if that were the case, I'd go for it. Thankfully I am not currently in that position, though. I would not like religion to be such a centrepoint in my life, such a focus of my relationship whatsoever. It's just not me.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
It would all depend on circumstance. Of course, I think it would be great if we can both have our own faith, but I am not steadfast in my beliefs and my religion is only marginally important to me, so if I met someone who could only marry me (for religious and/or family reasons) if I converted, AND he was respectful, never forced me, wanted to make the transition as easy as possible etc., and was a wonderful man with whom I wanted to spend the rest of my life and have babies, then I would consider it if I were in love and I WANTED to. I would never be forced - for obvious reasons, but also because as soon as religion is forced down my throat I object to it, so I would never want it to be the only thing we talked about, the most important thing.So, to me, the circumstance would be the way the subject was broached, and the religion I would be converting to. After you spend time with someone for a long time, you may realize you like their religion and its customs etc., so if that were the case, I'd go for it.Thankfully I am not currently in that position, though. I would not like religion to be such a centrepoint in my life, such a focus of my relationship whatsoever. It's just not me.
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