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Assuming that one can ascertain that food cooked by an irreligious Jew is kosher, is the food still prohibited due to Bishul Akum? Does this also apply in a case of need, such as one visiting an irreligious relative, where it may be embarrassing and inconvenient to procure other food?

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if the concern behind bishul akum is intermarriage, that wouldn't apply to a non-religious Jew. –  Danno Feb 6 at 18:27
I assume if you are visiting an irreligious relatives that their dishes are not Kosher. As long as they can't cook the food in their dishes, and you would need to supply other dishes (and address issues with the oven etc.) why is other food so much worse? And if you will be there, you could solve the bishul akum issues. –  YeZ Feb 6 at 18:46
See Rivevos Ephraim 4:186 –  sam Feb 7 at 16:26

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Rabbi Elyashiv Zatzal in Kovaitz Teshuvos 3:115 says that it is possible that the Gezaira of Chasnus applies also to a Mechalel Shabbos. Even though technically one can marry a non observant Jew, the Gezaira was made to keep us separate.

יש מקום לומר, שכאשר גזרו על דבר משום חתנות,גזרו גם על מחלל שבתות. ואף על פי שאין איסור ממש להתחתן איתם, אבל הגזרות האלה נגזרו במטרה להרחיק ולהבדיל

Maharam Schick Orach Chaim 281 also says that anywhere the Chachomim made a Gezeira on non-Jews it applies to Jews that are Mumrim.

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The quote from R Elyashiv just says it's possible... –  Double AA Feb 6 at 20:48
@DoubleAA: Yesh Makom Lomar translates to me as "it is possible to say". –  Gershon Gold Feb 6 at 20:56
I agree with your translation, but I don't understand why you are telling me how to translate those words. –  Double AA Feb 6 at 20:58
@DoubleAA: As usual you have me bewildered. –  Gershon Gold Feb 6 at 21:04
I'm not sure why you spent most of your answer telling me that what it is possible for the answer to be. I could have told you from the outset what the possible answers are. –  Double AA Feb 6 at 21:05

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