Now, now, Dawkinsian atheists, I know what you’re thinking: You certainly don’t have to believe in God to be faithful to your spouse; marriages are built on mutual trust; religious people cheat, too; and so on.Of course you’re right about these things, but we’re still in the emotionless realm of the hypothetical, remember, and all else being equal, if you’re simply trying to minimize the chances of landing an adulterous partner, you might as well stack the deck in your favor by marrying the woman who “knows” that God would get really mad at her if she misappropriated her genitalia. There really is evidence from controlled experiments showing that religious thinking and church attendance leads to moral behavior.When the decision came, his supporters cheered, cried and hugged."Quite frankly, he's affected quite a number of people in our community in very positive ways, the opportunity for him to stay will just allow him to continue to make that positive effect," said Jacqueline Pelland, one of Ismail’s friends.In the long run, though, such betrayal would have a negligible effect on our genetic success.Try as I might, I can’t seem to cuckold my partner, Juan.But there’s also something to be said for marrying a zealot.On the one hand, I’d no doubt be irritated by my very religious wife’s supernatural beliefs.
If, unlike hypothetical me, it’s terribly important for your partner to share your rigorously rational worldview, then you might find a match made in heaven at one of several online dating sites catering to single atheists: Atheist Passions.com, Freethinker Match.com, and Atheist Dating (which promises you a “deity-free romance”).
Ismail said he's still processing today’s event, but said he feels he won’t have to worry anymore.
"Hopefully I can just now go to school and just complain about profs again," said Ismail.
By contrast, children may be adopted together by a gay couple or come from surrogacy arrangements or previous relationships, but in no case can the partners have an equal genetic investment in the child that's greater than zero.
So if my partner cheats on me with another man, or my lesbian friend’s partner cheats on her with another woman, sure, it would probably sting.