Wednesday 1 December 2010

The Census Campaign update

It is claimed that, because of the way the question was worded, the 2001 census underestimated the number of non-religious people in the UK by approximately half. Yet the question remains substantially the same in next year's census.  This has all kinds of ramifications in the way our society is organised and our taxes are disbursed. 

The Census Campaign simply wants want people to know why the question on religion is flawed and why so many non-religious people didn't tick "None" in the 2001 Census. It wants people who are genuinely non-religious to have no hesitation in ticking the "No religion" box in the 2011 Census.

It is appealing for £12,000 to support an advertising campaign in the run-up to next year's census and has already reached nearly 80% of target.

1 comment:

  1. It doesn't mean that most Scottish, Welsh and maybe even English people don't still sort of want the church there in case they need it.

    Do most heterosexual marriages still take place in a church?

    What proportion of kids are still confirmed?

    I saw that only 16% of all people go regularly to any sort of church in Britain but I don't know how reliable this figure is or what the incidence is of other stuff.

    I mean this is like when they had a go at 'Thought for the Day' in the Today Programme on Radio 4 - people wanted an agnostic view put forward by turns.

    Are most people in the UK finally ready to throw off religion? Is there really a majority for disestablishing the church of England? I'd love to see it - but I doubt the will is there just yet.