The Only Religion That Encourages Interracial Marriage

Historically, some religious doctrines opposed interracial marriages, but one notable exception is the Baha’i faith.

Introduced in the United States in 1893, this Middle Eastern religion promotes interracial marriage as a prerequisite to achieving world peace. There is only one Baha’i temple per continent; in the United States the Baha’i temple is located in Wilmette, Illinois.

I interviewed two interracial couples who were members of the Baha’i faith for my book on black-white marriages. As practicing Baha’is’ their parents had to consent to their marriage before it could take place. If a parent refused consent for any reason, the marriage would not be allowed.

How fortunate it was for these two couples that their parents supported their marriage welcoming a new in-law from another racial/ethnic background into their family. Parental acceptance of a new family member is not always assured in any marriage so it is refreshing to know that there is a religion that reduces this uncertainty from the very beginning of the marriage relationship.

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