My boyfriend, who is also an atheist was born into a Christian family," a 25-year-old female who spoke under the condition of anonymity said.
Coptic Christians in Egypt are known to often be very religious, holding tightly to their faith.
That was the first year Pew studied whom Muslims married, and it’s one of the only organizations to do so.
Muslims intermarry less often than other faith groups with longer histories in the United States, such as Catholics and Jews, but they do so more often than Hindus (10 percent) and about as often as Mormons (17 percent), according to a 2007 Pew study.
However, this argument collapses on itself because Muslim men can marry Christian women without either being forced to convert.
The same cannot be said for Muslim women because, according to Islamic law, they are not allowed to marry non-Muslims."I am an atheist born into a Muslim family and it's not something I can tell them either.
From the beginning it has been clear that there are obstacles to our being together and we kept it very casual and light, but in the past few months we have become much, much closer and he expressed his love for me, and now I have allowed myself to love him very dearly also.
However, what just happened a couple hours ago brought our true situation very present to me.
I am not a Muslim woman though I have much respect for the faith.
For the past 9 months or so I have been dating a dear man from Libya who is here for school on a scholarship.
He is so liberal in so many ways but I’m very uncomfortable being a secret when we have professed such deep love for each other…and he’s not just saying it, it’s true for him.
But he doesn’t know what will happen with his country and situation, so I understand that too. I am beginning to realize that this love may be an impossible hope for me…and maybe there are aspects of his faith that limit him too much to even consider a longer term, more serious relationship, no matter how liberal he seems.
Now, about 30 percent of Jews are married to someone outside the faith.