I can come at this from a different perspective. My Mom is Catholic, my father was Greek Orthodox. My Grandmother on my Mom’s side is Methodist, and my Grandmother on my Father’s side was Jewish!
My parents did not know what to do with me, so they did nothing. They let me learn about all religions, I went to church because I wanted to go (I think I was about 8 or 9 and used to walk myself every Sunday), and never pressured me into believing in what they did, just because they were raised that that is the way that works.
Today we are subject to so much “political correctness”, that I feel society takes things too far. We are no longer allowed to celebrate Christmas, it’s supposed to be “Happy Holidays”, and no trees in schools or Santa at the town hall. We can’t let our kids wear Halloween costumes to school and share candy, because it is against someone’s faith. So, my question is, why oh why are we not teaching our children about other religions? About other faiths, and teach them to embrace the differences in us all, and the freedom we have to choose? In my opinion, we should teach tolerance and undertanding of others’ religions and cultures, instead of hatred and fear. And in my opinion, it is fear- fear if our children learn about something different, they may be drawn to it, after we have pretty much “brainwashed” them into thinking our way is the only/right way. I say brainwashed because most people force their religious beliefs onto their children, as much as they don’t mean to force, that is pretty much what we d by insisting beliefs onto human beings.
So, you may think I’m digressing, but I am not. Instead of “forcing” your beliefs, or his beliefs, on your child ( if you have them..there is no guarantee that you will), why not teach them both religions? Why are ceremony steps more important to you than teaching your beliefs, and letting your child learn about his? It’s unfortunate that this has come up, because the two faiths are so opposite (one believing in Christ as Savior, the other not so much), that there really is no way, and no ceremony, and no Godparent, that will ever clarify anything for your child(ren). Teach them both faiths, and by doing so, teach them tolerance, understanding, and decision making skills. In doing so, you will raise stronger, more caring, leaders. Have Christmas, have Passover…teach them. Isn’t that what parenting is supposed to be?
Knowledge is power.