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I have worked voluntarily for the congregation, and the congregation paid fee throughout my adult life. We want to get married in the synagogue, but we must not. The reason? The guy I'm marrying is not a Jew. In Sweden's Jewish communities it works then do not like the Swedish church, where it is enough that one of the parties is a member. Therefore, I have decided to leave the Gothenburg Jewish congregation. If you are not a Jew anymore then ?, asked one of my friends when I told them about the decision for her. The answer is that I will always be a Jew. We will always celebrate the Jewish holidays at home, travel to Israel, take part in Jewish cultural events and I will continue to fight my way through the never-ending church service on the Day of Atonement Yom Kippur. But to be members of a church where me and my future husband not welcome to one hundred percent is not something we are interested in. When I asked the question of what in Gothenburg called for synagogsstyrelsen I got the answer that most of the board have a negative attitude to couples where only one of the persons is jew would get married in the synagogue. The Jewish congregations in Sweden have long been struggling with declining membership. One way to solve the problem should be a thorough renewal which looks over which the statutes that could be altered to lure back members who have left, and welcome new members. Sweden's Jewish communities must become better at adapting to the society we live in. A successful example is that the first gayvigseln between two Jewish men took place in Stockholm synagogue for just two years ago. Jewish Gay Couples, however, has been welcoming married in Stockholm synagogue beyond that.
The constitution provides for freedom of religion, and the Government generally respects this right in practice. The Government at all levels seeks to protect this right in full and does not tolerate its abuse, either by governmental or private actors. The rights and freedoms enumerated in the constitution include the rights to practice one's religion and protection of religious freedom. The laws concerning religious freedoms are generally observed and enforced at all government levels and by the courts in a non-discriminatory fashion. Legal protections cover discrimination or persecution by private actors.
originally posted by: Benevolent Heretic
a reply to: windword
Actually, there is. It sounds very similar to here in the US. They have freedom of religion, so the church is free to decide who they will and won't marry. Since the OP didn't comment, I'm not sure of the point of the thread.
The laws concerning religious freedoms are generally observed and enforced at all government levels and by the courts in a non-discriminatory fashion.
It isnt the same thing, you are free to practice your religion, but you cannot be discriminated, if a Jewish rabbi denies it, its a different story. But it wasnt the Rabbi who declined.
Religion in Sweden
originally posted by: windword
a reply to: AutumnWitch657
Hmmmm..............my bad. That's the way I always learned it....
Indeed, non Catholic/Catholic mixed marriages can be performed in a Catholic Church, as long as they promise to raise their children within the Catholic rules and standards. They are, however, a little more persnickety about marrying non-Christian mixed couples, one of which being NOT baptized. For that, you must get special permission to marry in a Catholic Church from a local Bishop. www.aboutcatholics.com...
Now I know!
originally posted by: nemonimity
a reply to: windword
That's incorrect, many Catholic churches can be booked for weddings without either member being catholic.
It may be 2015 but sadly there are people who still live in the Dark Ages like ISIS and the Religious Right.
originally posted by: Saturnalia
a reply to: windword
Swedish laws and rules, religious beliefs doesnt matter, its called discrimination and is under swedish law illegal. Sweden is a sanctuary, that means the function is that you can practice your beliefs but you cannot discriminate another person.