Opposition to interfaith marriage is strong in many of Canada’s minority religious communities.
Sometimes in counselling sessions Sahukhan encourages young lovers, and even their parents, to sign informal “contracts” in which they might commit to either converting to the partner’s faith or raising children in that religion.“It’s really helpful to deal with these issues at the ground level,” said Sahukhan. And it creates safety for all involved.”[email protected]
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But when it comes to marriage and children, many often end up wedding someone of the same background.
Even though Sahukhan doesn’t think “love conquers all” in regard to the special challenges of inter-religious marriage, he believes that with honest communication, many couples can make a good go of an interfaith relationship.
C.’s 200,000 Sikhs are often intensely concerned about “losing their identity.”In response to immigrating to a multi-faith country, many become highly focused on maintaining the languages of India and strict forms of their own religion.
Kang, for instance, has found much more support in Canada for the fundamentalist Khalistan independence movement than she saw in India.
Indeed, senior Sikh leaders at the Akal Takht in India declared their opposition to all interfaith marriage in 2007.
And some Sikh militants in Britain have been actively protesting and disrupting interfaith weddings at gurdwaras.
I chose to not be disrespectful because I love him, but I do have so many questions. " I didn't ask him all this questions right away because I didn't want to be rude but the next time I saw him, he couldn't answer any of my questions.
He takes a lot of pride in being Sikh but yet can't explain things like: -why he doesn't eat meat on days he goes to the temple -why can't he buy a car during the time you are remembering the dead -why his friends don't say hi or even look at me when we run into them or ever (school, birthday parties, graduations etc)And that's just to name some examples. He just said "i don't know I just do it" 😳We've been talking about getting married for most of this year and although the idea does bring me joy it also concerns me.
British Columbians and other Canadians are becoming more suspicious of Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism and generally less likely to want their children to marry outside their faith, a new study suggests.