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Do you not date someone because of their religious beliefs?
I'm curious because I know a ton of people who will not date someone because of their beliefs.
Yes...I'm Jewish, and that's a huge part of my life. I date other Jews. I have nothing against anyone for having a different religious belief, and I have friends from all across the religious spectrum, from staunch atheists, to devout Mormons, to Orthodox Jews (I'm not Orthodox), to non-denominational Christians, to Catholics, to Buddhists and Wiccans. When it comes to dating though, being Jewish, my lifestyle, my identity and who I am is very tied up in that. I need to be able to share that with someone.
My guy used to be much more religious before he met me--raised in a Modern Orthodox household and was studying to become a rabbi. However, after college, he felt it wasn't for him. Now he's still Jewish (obviously--you're always Jewish, even if you convert out of the religion in my opinion, but that's not the way everyone believes), but his observance is a lot more lax these days--I'm more observant than he is. But what matters is that there's something about the way you are raised, the outlook and experience you have as a Jew, and something that's really...ingrained, that's important for me to share with someone.
So yes, religion does matter a lot to me when it comes to dating.