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Why are atheists allowed to marry?

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    I just had this thought in my head and I wanted to know other views or if I am just being silly.

    Given that atheists dislike the whole church shabang, they shouldn't be allowed inside for marriages. All the atheists I know like to insult religious places so I don't really understand why do they put themselves in the situation where they have to go inside
    I think that places where atheists can get married should be built/made available or just don't allow them to get married.

    My opinion. Neg away :cool:

    Edit: I should actually have added "in churches" in the title. My mistake.
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    You don't have to get married in a church you know.
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    Marriage brings various legal benefits, as well as being the ultimate expression of commitment, regardless of faith/ lack of.
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    1 - You do not have to get married in a church.
    2 - Religion does not have any kind of ownership over the idea of marriage.
    3 - Not all atheists hate religion. We just disagree with it.
    4 - Not all atheists insult religions. We just disagree with them.
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    Clicked on this thread thinking "what the hell, the nutter lobby really has lost it now."

    Think in retrospect that you should have put "Why are atheists allowed to marry in churches
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    Possibly because the church doesn't want them to "sin" any further than they already did.
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    Marriage is not necessarily a religious institution, it's just typically conducted in a religious context.
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    ...I can't even be bothered with threads like this anymore.

    OP you are a moron, someone who can be bothered will illustrate why. I think you've misunderstood what marriage is.
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    Let's look at the actual definition of 'marriage', it's the union between two people who love each other. The wedding is a celebration of that - like how you celebrate your birthday.

    Read the above sentences again and see how I haven't mentioned the word 'God'.
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    People used to get married before organised religion. Hence Atheist should have that choice.
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    (Original post by katyness)
    I think that places where atheists can get married should be built/made available or just don't allow them to get married.
    They have been built. They're called Registry Offices. I believe the majority of marriages take place in them, and nearly all atheists marry there
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    Strange as it sounds, some atheists marry Christians.
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    (Original post by katyness)
    I just had this thought in my head and I wanted to know other views or if I am just being silly.
    Yep.
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    (Original post by katyness)
    I just had this thought in my head and I wanted to know other views or if I am just being silly.

    Given that atheists dislike the whole church shabang, they shouldn't be allowed inside for marriages. All the atheists I know like to insult religious places so I don't really understand why do they put themselves in the situation where they have to go inside
    I think that places where atheists can get married should be built/made available or just don't allow them to get married.

    My opinion. Neg away :cool:

    Edit: I should actually have added "in churches" in the title. My mistake.
    i agree to an extent

    I think everone sould be allowed to marry no matter what.

    But in terms of churches it really grates on me when Vicars marry people who arent Christians.

    Because for Christianity there is the belief that marriage is only genuine in the eyes of God if it is between 2 Christians.

    So basically all these vicars are just after the money/reputation? How very Christian.....

    (as in marriage is right for everyone but vicars shouldnt be allowing atheists to marry in their churches because it defeats the whole point of it)
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    I didn't think atheists could get married in church? I suppose some may be more lenient, but I was under the impression that they usually have to be regulars at the church to get married there.

    There are registry offices where atheists can get married, or other nice places (my cousin got married in a lovely converted barn, and I work at a zoo where people can get married :awesome:).
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    (Original post by katyness)
    I just had this thought in my head and I wanted to know other views or if I am just being silly.

    Given that atheists dislike the whole church shabang, they shouldn't be allowed inside for marriages. All the atheists I know like to insult religious places so I don't really understand why do they put themselves in the situation where they have to go inside
    I think that places where atheists can get married should be built/made available or just don't allow them to get married.

    My opinion. Neg away :cool:

    Edit: I should actually have added "in churches" in the title. My mistake.
    People can marry wherever they like to an extent. Marriage is a legal contract not just a religious ceremony. I do think it is a little strange that atheists and people who ordinarily dislike church and/or religion would choose to get married there. My bf is atheist and hates religion and wouldn't dream of ever getting married in a church, he was uncomfortable to say the least being in a church for my dads funeral. We had a chaplaincy at uni and he thought he was going to melt just standing in the lobby. I don't agree that people shouldn't be allowed though. If they want to get married in church cos its traditional that's up to them or often one half of a relationship is religious and the other isn't, are you saying that just because the groom is an atheist that he can't marry a Christian bride in her church. Most of the time the couple is required to attend church services for at a least month prior to the wedding actually taking place, if they are really that against it or that determined to marry in a church that should make up their mind.

    If they do not wish to marry in a church there already plenty of places for an atheist couple to get married we do not need to build more.
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    Because marriage is not religious, and neither should the majority of churches be.
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    (Original post by katyness)
    I just had this thought in my head and I wanted to know other views or if I am just being silly.

    Given that atheists dislike the whole church shabang, they shouldn't be allowed inside for marriages. All the atheists I know like to insult religious places so I don't really understand why do they put themselves in the situation where they have to go inside
    I think that places where atheists can get married should be built/made available or just don't allow them to get married.

    My opinion. Neg away :cool:

    Edit: I should actually have added "in churches" in the title. My mistake.
    Do you also think that atheists should be excluded from Christmas? Do you think that Sunday trading laws should not apply to us? What year do you think we should call it? In fact, what should we all the days of the week, since those all derive from pagan worship?

    Certain customs eventually become ingrained in society to the point where they assume a traditional significance or pragmatic acceptance that has little to do with their roots.

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