It's such an interesting thing to bring up... i consider myself atheist but maybe borderline agnostic... I don't believe in a higher power, but i also don't think it's possible to know whether or not one exists... I am a skeptic through and through when it comes to just about anything...I simply need "proof". I can't logically believe in something without good honest reason to do so. one day I may have some life changing epiphany that changes my mind... but until then, im unconvinced. I have the upmost respect for anyone who is religious though, as long as they can also be respectful of my viewpoint. When that's the case, I truly enjoy the philosophical debates that come with the topic. I often say that I honestly wish I was capable of having blind faith in something, but I'm just not.
i think it's really interesting that the situation you mentioned involved switching religions completely, especially from Catholicism since it usually goes the opposite way... i've never really heard of that before. i know often people will 'convert', but normally it doesn't mean drastically changing one's beliefs.
With that being said, Islam is actually very similar to Christianity/Judaism so it doesn't seem all THAT drastic to me... They all share the same fundamental beliefs and literature and whatnot--all cite Abraham as the original prophet, etc.
I think a big problem is all the anti-Muslim, and anti-anything-but-Christianity beliefs that Americans have based on the radicals we constantly hear about. i really wish that more people would educate themselves on all religions, even if it's from a purely scholastic mindset...In my opinion, It's important to be familiar with both sides of a debate if you choose to participate...and unfortunately,(here in Oklahoma anyway) that is VERY RARE, therefore i tend to keep my mouth shut most of the time...
As for a non-religious person taking the spouse's religion, THAT is weird. I honestly think that it probably just boils down to avoiding conflict/confrontation. I am lucky that my BF is on the same page as me, but I do often wonder what sort of ceremony we should have when we do eventually get married... strictly just to avoid conflict, and especially to avoid some of my family members feeling like they need to hold an intervention to save me.
~Brittany, Degan and Harlow's mom
"It is true that Pit Bulls grab and hold on. But what they most often grab and refuse to let go of is your heart, not your arm."