Religion in Society
Religion in Society

Atheists Respond to Pat Robertson's Christian-Only Marriages

| by American Atheists
Pat Robertson, the preacher and professional liar, gave some stereotypically bigoted and fearful advice to one of the viewers of his show.

A Christian woman named Roni emailed his show and asked what she should do about her atheist fiance, and asked if there was a middle ground in which they could live. The Professional Liar’s response? Dump him.

The reason is simple — he doesn’t want any of his sheep talking with those of us who make sense. He fears atheists. Who knows? We might say something like…

Dear Roni,

Of course you can marry an atheist. I’ve been married to a theistic Jew for 18 years and we’ve never had a problem. Sure we discuss things, and on some issues we disagree, but as long as you talk a lot, set rules, and truly love each other as they ARE it can work out.

Make sure you talk about church, how you’ll raise your kids, and how you will celebrate the holidays. Iron out ALL the details before you marry. Make sure you love him for what he IS, not what you WISH him to be. The reverse is also true, of course - you must both accept for a FACT that the other person will NOT change during the marriage. Without that level of acceptance, the marriage will fail.

But if your love is for the man as he is now, and not for a fantasy fiance who converts to Christianity, the marriage can work. Only you know if you have that kind of love.

Dave Silverman, American Atheists