April 7, 2006, - 3:36 pm
I am Muslim girl [sic] dating a boy who is of another religion and ethnicity. We have been seeing each other for three years without my parents knowing. My parents are very strict and would disown me if they found out. I am in my mid 20s, and we have discussed getting married. I have met his family , and we get along wonderfully, and they accept me with open arms. I am very fearful to tell my parents the truth for fear of rejection and deep anger. We don’t have an open relatoiinship in which I fell comfortable telling them how I feel. I was wondering if you girls could give me advice as to how to break the barrier between my parents’ religoius convictions and my love for my soon-to-be fiance.
—Distressed in Dearborn
The advice columnists, four Arab sisters who I’m told are Lebanese Muslims, advise her to tell her parents. We’re sure that will go down very well . . . just like it did for THIS girl.
Tags: Debbie Schlussel, the Detroit News