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That was just her spending money. Nine-carat tennis bracelets, limousine trips, a trip around the world, build any home I wanted. I had seven homes at one point in my life. Katrina had it all, but at what price? Probably I got a good beating once a year.
It all started out right. She had a good upbringing and became a Christian in her teens. Later she found success in modeling and acting.
Then one night at a club, Katrina met the man of her dreams. He said all the right things. He took me on the dance floor and literally swept me off my feet. He brought me drinks and roses. An important detail in this story: Absolutely, but he kept telling me it was the same God, just a different language, that Allah was the same God as the God I served. I was in love with the guy. Are you going to do what your Mom says the rest of your life, or are you going to go with the man of dreams? I thought the Middle East was somewhere in the middle of the country.
I thought that Muslims were Ali Baba and the 40 thieves and the magic carpet ride. It was intriguing, the mystique of the whole thing. Anything there give you pause? Anything that you committed to?
When I came out of the wedding ceremony, I saw that not only had my name been changed, but my religion had been changed also. If you drop the plumb line of just one word, one name, Jesus Christ, drop that into the middle of this belief system, where were you compromising yourself? Her husband, Mohammed, strictly held to Muslim customs and demanded her obedience. I was so entrapped. We had lots of money, but I had nowhere to go.
We are not alone.
Interfaith relationships — as well as the pairing of a secular and a religious partner — are on the rise. We often get questions from people who assume there must be major problems — ones unique to interfaith couples. And, perhaps most importantly, how do we raise our kids? No doubt there are some unique challenges to interfaith relationships.
But some problems are unavoidable when two people — of any background — come together. On the other hand, there are some advantages in interfaith relationships. There are studies that show that interfaith couples are better at communicating with one another than same-faith couples.
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In particular, they are better at communicating effectively and coming to an agreement about important issues. Perhaps this is because interfaith couples recognise from the start that they will have to negotiate their religious differences, and so they quickly learn how to carry this skill into other aspects of the relationship. But doctrine should not be confused with faith, or even with religious affiliation.
Many believers disagree with the official views of their respective religious leadership. Even those who share the same religious affiliation do not necessarily share the same opinions on important issues. So the assumption that two people must share the same religion to really understand each other is flawed.
In our case, it has been the opposite. Despite our different religions, we share a common understanding of God, and what belief means in our day-to-day lives. We are very lucky in that both of our families love and accept us. We know this is rare. We speak with couples all the time about their struggles, and the pushback they get from family and friends. In the end, those who make it work choose each other over all else. What about the kids? Our philosophy on this comes from something the Buddha said.