This is one of the reasons why I nearly stopped practicing my faith. To be a marriage counselor, same thing. Growing up I never saw my parents fight, this nearly brought them apart. He didn't want to, and I didn't want him to do it just for the sake of it. He complied. Please use spoiler tags to hide spoilers.
Parents immigrated from the Caribbean to NYC after getting married. Thousands of Jehovah's Witnesses have died as a result of this teaching. I respected him a lot for that - he saw straight through her bullshit. Yet because he was born in the wrong location in their country, the mother cut off all contact. A coworker of mine who observes ramadan and doesn't drink I had to check, because almost all people from muslim countries I know drink like fish. I just don't understand how an American woman can submit herself to marrying him and raising kids like that.
She's invited me to her home alone couple of times.
Besides, the same verses are also aimed at men marrying non-muslim women, somehow that was interpreted as men being okay to marry non-muslim women but not the other way around? I come from a very strict christian household and have been disowned by both of my parents. In a lot of countries she wouldn't be allowed to take her kids with her. I definitely made the right decision marrying him, he is the most loving partner and a wonderful Dad. We expected way more trouble but her family has been very welcoming, and even has brought up other examples of mixed couples as well.
Over time the family came back into the picture and she tried pushing her religion on my friend. I think she definitely had regrets about the things she said in the heat of the moment. It is odd, she is the one encouraging what I can only assume is sacrilegious and he, an atheist is refusing to do it because he respects the religion and culture as well as his own code. He cannot bring himself to demean her religion in that way. The original confusion was because I was open to learning about religions I wasn't familiar with. Everyone gets along and loves each other, truly. I am always afraid they will come look for me one day.