A friend of mine, a Jewish girl, married a Christian guy. No biggie, they just put a Star of David on top of the Christmas tree. Their kids are still young, but I doubt it's having any sorta negative effect on them. I also have another friend, a Hindu girl from India, whose parents arranged a marriage with a muslim guy from Pakistan. That didn't even last through the engagement. All they did was fight about religion, and which of their birth countries owns Kashmir, and who started which war and who's aiming their nukes at whom. If they had gotten married, their kids would've had to listen to this fighting and probably have to pick sides. Not a good way to raise little ones.
I would say it's much like growing up in a family who all believe in the same faith except you may be involved in two different religious beliefs eg. if one parent is Jewish and the others Christian you may celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas
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I'm not sure if my situation translates into that of an interfaith family, but my daughter is a Southern Baptist, my wife is a theist of some kind (not necessarily Christian), and I am an atheist. You could call this an "interfaith" family, but I don't think of atheism as a faith. For us, it has been workable to allow everyone to have their own beliefs. It does not detract from our bond as a family unit as far as I see it. It can lead to disagreements, of course. But, the rule that I try to follow is that disagreements can always be carried out in a civil manner, no need for name-calling and such.
I also grew up with parents who had different beliefs, and it was much the same thing.
My parents are Christian and I'm Kemetic (old Egyptian). It's just odd. I'm stuck doing whatever my parents say. They aren't really Christian, but still I'm forced to go to church on holidays. Interfaith families are fine so long as all beliefs in the family are respected.