Second cousins dating wrong
I’m less surprised by the fact that Liz and the Hair were, at closest, second cousins than I am by the fact that the Hair had a framed photo of his Grandmother’s cousin in his apartment. I mean, I understand that from a social perspective, sure, you could identify a person who is somehow vaguely related to you.
Who is this Dolly Harling from Smithtown, and why is she so badass? I mean from a present day realistic and genetic standpoint, usually your third cousin is a stranger. If someone is your third cousin, it means your grandparents were cousins.
But from what you tell me about this situation, it is far from the biblical warning.
We may naturally shrink from the idea of marrying a relative, but in fact we are all related. The Bible warns against near kin marrying but the definition of near kin seems to be much more narrow than third or fourth cousins.
Now, there may be other reasons that this arrangement is bad.
I would certainly be very uncomfortable with a first cousin arrangement since this would be very close to the biblical prohibition.
And if a man shall take his sister, his father's daughter, or his mother's daughter, and see her nakedness, and she see his nakedness; it is a wicked thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of their people: he hath uncovered his sister's nakedness; he shall bear his iniquity. They include father, mother, step-mother, sister, step-sister, grandchildren, aunt, uncle, daughter in law, and sister in law.
Technically, this does not prohibit marriage to cousins.
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Sometimes you might be at a family function with some distantly related people and think that someone you’re related to is kinda cute. I mean, they’re related to you, how could they not be attractive?
But what are you supposed to do when you’re actually attracted to someone, like your cousin?
The fuller prohibition has come partly from a desire to keep as far as possible away from something that is spoken of with such serious warning in scripture. As our society has become more numerous and diverse, it has become more repulsive to us to marry close to family. Cousins usually share a common set of grandparents (though it can be only one grandparent) and one-half of the genetic pool.
It has also become a joke to put down those who were considered to be from the sticks--that is, rural folks who did not know any better. Second cousins usually share a common set of great-grandparents and one-fourth of the genetic pool.