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Old 02-11-2009, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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I definitely could not be with someone who is religious in the sense that they belong to an organized church and would not be with someone who is not what they belong to. it leads to nothing but ignorance and conflict.

I am not going to say that any church is right or wrong but what i will say is when u divide yourselves up into different groups over different beliefs and refuse to come together then it is inevitable that conflict will ensue. it only when ur willing to accept the other side (becoming half jew or half christian or what have you) that u begin to have peace and can develop understanding.
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Old 02-12-2009, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Under a bridge.
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I was far more accepting of people who beleived in the Christian myths before I started posting. Now, I see less reason than ever to give defference to those silly and innane ideas.
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Old 02-12-2009, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Nashville, Tn
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I'm going to have to go against the popular opinion on this one. In the overall scheme of things I don't see religious beliefs or the lack of them as being at the top of the list of importance when you compare them to honesty, compassion, faithfullness and other qualities that we can attribute to ourselves as opposed to a God. To be honest, I feel that both believers and atheists often express themselves in a snotty and condescending manner whenever someone expresses an alternative point of view.
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Old 02-24-2009, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Most of us know that many Christians will not date or marry outside their faith (myself included) and most of us have heard others get riled about that. I'd like to hear from non-Christians who would not date or marry a Christian; without demeaning, can you tell us why? I know why Christians won't, I'd like to hear your side too.
I'm a Buddhist - I wouldn't necessarily have a problem dating or being in a relationship with a Christian; if he could deal with the fact that I'm a Buddhist and am going to stay that way and respect my faith, it would be fine. Same goes for an atheist or agnostic. My current partner is agnostic bordering on atheist, but he does not disrespect my Buddhist practice or otherwise try to interfere with it. Of course, being with another Buddhist would be ideal, but if I insisted on that, I'd have a very limited pool of guys to choose from unless I moved to a majority Buddhist country.

The bottom line is that any guy who tries to get me to choose between my faith and him, is going to be on the losing end every time.
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Old 02-24-2009, 04:55 PM
 
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I'm a Buddhist - I wouldn't necessarily have a problem dating or being in a relationship with a Christian; if he could deal with the fact that I'm a Buddhist and am going to stay that way and respect my faith, it would be fine. Same goes for an atheist or agnostic. My current partner is agnostic bordering on atheist, but he does not disrespect my Buddhist practice or otherwise try to interfere with it. Of course, being with another Buddhist would be ideal, but if I insisted on that, I'd have a very limited pool of guys to choose from unless I moved to a majority Buddhist country.

The bottom line is that any guy who tries to get me to choose between my faith and him, is going to be on the losing end every time.
Hi 1mintjulep,
I also live in Austin (1 zip code away from you, I think - I'm in '45).
I'm not in the know but I would have suspected that there are lots of Buddhists around here. What type do you practice?

To remain on-topic:
I agree with Montana - unless we are talking about major zealots, religion is low on the list of what is unacceptable in a potential date. That said, I doubt that I would gravitate towards someone who had religious views that I found to be bizarre and/or intrusive. And if someone like that was interested in me I would definitely run in the opposite direction well before dinner and a movie...
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Old 02-24-2009, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Hi 1mintjulep,
I also live in Austin (1 zip code away from you, I think - I'm in '45).
I'm not in the know but I would have suspected that there are lots of Buddhists around here. What type do you practice?
There are lots of Buddhists around here - but I'm also a gay man, which further shrinks the dating pool; I suppose if I'd made a concerted effort, I could have found another gay Buddhist guy, but it's not really a deal-breaker for me. I practice in the Nichiren Shu tradition (I'm the only one in Austin - my temple is in Houston).
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Old 02-24-2009, 07:24 PM
 
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"Nice meeting you -- I am a born-again Christian."
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Old 02-24-2009, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Boise
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Most of us know that many Christians will not date or marry outside their faith (myself included) and most of us have heard others get riled about that. I'd like to hear from non-Christians who would not date or marry a Christian; without demeaning, can you tell us why? I know why Christians won't, I'd like to hear your side too.
My dad is an Atheist (or kind of like one I suppose) and my mom is a Jehovah's witness. They have been happily married since 1968. So it can be done. so it's pretty weak and (hypocritical) in my opinion to let religion get in the way of something like love.

Personally I actually wouldn't mind, so long as they were open minded and actually in the 21st century instead of the 16th...
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Old 02-25-2009, 12:49 AM
 
Location: Earth
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I couldn't date anyone extremely religious; I'm atheist with buddhist leanings (there is no god in buddhism).

Most of my friends are cultural catholics, or christians.
Whatckaloon christians have no place in my world.
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