Earlier in the semester I told a friend that I wouldn't marry someone who wasn't of my same religious faith.
He was shocked.
He called me close minded.
I asked him if he had any kind of traits that he was looking for in someone that he was going to spend his life with. He rattled off a list of things like, athletic, smart, preferably from the mid-west, ect.
The subject of our conversation moved on, but since then I've been thinking about it.
Do you think it is more closed minded to not consider marrying someone because they have a different religious belief, or because they didn't like to rock climb?
Is it really so bad to say, "out of the millions of people who I could potentially spend my life with can't I pick to be with someone who shares the same answer to the fundamental questions of existence, like 'why am I here?' 'what purpose does my life have?' "what happens after death?'"
I just don't think that's a close minded choice.
But if you do, tell me. I want to know. I promise not to be offended in any way. I just want to hear other perspectives out there.