The Government Never Says ‘Mazel Tov’

“When a Jewish boy turns 13, he heads to a temple for a deeply meaningful rite of passage, his bar mitzvah. When a Catholic girl reaches about the same age, she stands in front of the local bishop, who touches her forehead with holy oil as she is confirmed into a 2,000-year-old faith tradition. But missing altogether in each of those cases — and in countless others of equal religious importance — is any role at all for government.” —Time‘s Michael A. Lindenberger pointing out how marriage is the only religious ceremony with government involvement [Time]