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Cousins and religion?

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Do you guys think there is any correlation between religion and acceptance of cousin marriage? For example jews and muslims are usually more accepting of cousin marriage. But christians tend to be less accepting. Atheists are the least accepting of cousin marriage. This is just my observation from my 17 years of life. Any thoughts?

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KC    48

Historically, both Muslims and Jews have had a first cousin preference in finding a mate. Marrying one's cousin is very normal in parts of the world. In fact, non cousins are in the minority when they marry!

Atheists live and die by what little bit of science has been discovered up until this point. It's no surprise that they would take a stance against it. Oh course, not all of them hold that position.

If you read our [iurl=http://"http://www.cousincouples.com/?page=religion"]page on Christianity[/iurl], you will get a better picture of what is going on.

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KC explained that pretty well, especially where Jews and Muslims are concerned.  Their view has the advantage of having not been influenced by the middle years of the Roman Catholic Church (which prohibited cousin marriage) and minimal influence by the Eugenics movement.  Those two events had a significant impact on how Christians, and Western Christians in particular, view cousin marriage.  For better or worse, culture influences how Christians interpret Scripture, as is evident in comparing American Christianity to Christianity in places like Iraq and Egypt (the oldest remaining sects that trace their lineage to first century missionaries).

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