Dating someone of another faith
Instead, they must be more deeply examined within the context of the Holy Book and religious teaching so that religion can be a source of comfort and empowerment in navigating intimate relationships.
In an abusive relationship, one partner believes they have the right to control the other in various ways.
As they crossed the street, Vinnie asked if they were co-workers. “We go to the same church.” He didn’t reply, leaving my words to hang in the air between us.
The awkwardness was still there when he bent down to give me a stiff parting hug at my train’s turnstile. This sort of thing has become a trend in my dating life: I meet someone who seems funny, smart, and interesting.
Often, they also teach specific ideas about gender and the types of relationships that are “acceptable” and “not acceptable.” Unfortunately, sometimes these ideas lead to attitudes of control and dominance in relationships, and those aren’t healthy parts of any relationship, regardless of your religious affiliation.
My journal from this period reads like a series of wide-eyed Trip Advisor reviews of Brooklyn: “The restaurants have old, dim bulbs installed We had many similarities, but faith wasn’t one of them. James grew to be the person who understood I needed three pillows on my side of the bed.