Magazine article American Journalism Review

The God Squad Can Help. (Caught in a Moral Conundrum?)

Magazine article American Journalism Review

The God Squad Can Help. (Caught in a Moral Conundrum?)

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Q: I am Jewish and in love with a Catholic woman. We're not yet engaged and are struggling with how to raise our children. I insisted on raising them as Jewish and she finally agreed. But she's a devout Catholic and I'm a very believing Jew, and whenever we discuss this issue she cries. Even though she has agreed to raise our children Jewish, I don't know whether we should get married.

- J.J., Hoboken, N.J.

A: The big question is, why do you get two votes? She wants to raise her children as Christians and you want them to be Jewish, but you can't seem to move on unless one of you "gives up." There's no reason for either of you to give up.

If your girlfriend cries whenever you discuss this issue, you have all the evidence you need to know that her agreement to raise Jewish kids is both inauthentic and coerced, as it would be if she forced you to agree to raise Christian kids. …

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