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I don't see why political institutions should interfere with religious rites in any case.

Ah now I remember. In the UK, various varieties of shaman (shamen? shapersons?) can register as marriage celebrant, blurring the line between the institution of marriage as a civil contract and whatever the particular sect or tribe claims marriage to be.

It would be simpler to cut that link, i.e. people who want to get married according to the law go to the registry office, and people who want to celebrate some mystical rite can do that, and it's nobody's business if the two groups happen to overlap.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 04:32:01 AM EST
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