Religion And The Census

The British Humanist Association (BHE) has a campaign to get people to accurately record their religious beliefs on Sunday’s census.

They argue – and it’s pretty persuasive – that many people record themselves as religious out of habit, or because they were brought up in a particular religion, without actually worshipping or even believing. I remember as a child when I joined Guides, my mom was asked what religion they should record me under. Rather than saying we weren’t religious, she said ‘CofE’. Telling the truth would have meant I couldn’t take part in some of the activities, like the Guide promise, which includes a promise to God. It was just easier to say Church of England.

It’s pretty harmless in that example, but the BHA argues that census figures are used for things like supporting government policy. This means that if you tick a religious affiliation when you aren’t religious, you could potentially be taken as a full believer and those figures could be used to support policies such as increasing the number of faith schools.


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Apparently blogs need to cover a certain niche in order to attract readers. My aim is not to attract readers. I don't deny it would be nice not to just be spouting to myself, but the reason I set this blog up was to give myself somewhere to write down my thoughts. If anyone reads them, that's a bonus. This blog will cover a mix of things - anything that comes to mind that I want to write about. I make no promises about how often I will publish new content.
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