Before I get to the heart of the essay, I should preface my thoughts by saying that I’m an atheist. This does not mean, however, that I’m intolerant of other peoples’ beliefs or traditions.
This weekend, two friends of mine were married in Sleepy Hollow, NY. The ceremony took place in the oldest church in town (circa 1600’s, or some the groomsmen—and the lack of indoor plumbing—told me), complete with the largest cemetery I think I have ever seen/wandered through. It was a chilly Oc