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Join Date: Jun 2012
04-06-2013, 08:05 PM
There also seems to be some confusion here...weddings and funerals are not necessarily religious functions. A wedding like the one performed by Captain Kirk (not a rabbi last time I checked) is not a religious ceremony. Its a civil ceremony. I live in a state capital city. Every weekend people are married by justices of the peace and judges in the capitol rotunda. Its not a religious cermony. The capitol rotunda is not a chapel. JPs and judges are not clergy. I have a friend who's a notary who marries non-religious people all the time.
Likewise, plenty of atheists have memorials when they die where their friends and family get together to remember them and celebrate their life. It doesn't mean they necessarily believe in God or the afterlife. Its part of the grieving process.