modified 50% non-religious

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andrewedmondson
State

Accepted

Vote Score

3

Age

1950 days


@andrewedmondson edited manifesto/society.md - over 5 years ago

Secularism

With 50% of the British public having no religion, including 64% of 18-24 year olds[^1], Britain is no longer a Christian country and so its official status as such will be removed. Britain will become a secular nation under a Secularism Act.

With 50-62% of the British public having no religion[^2], including 64% of 18-24 year olds[^1], Britain is no longer a Christian country and so its official status as such will be removed. Britain will become a secular nation under a Secularism Act.

Human rights are paramount, because we are all human but not all religious. No-one should be restricted from practising their religious beliefs unless those beliefs infringe on the human rights of others. Equally, the non-religious or those of other religions, should be free of interference from religions. So we will enshrine in law two principles;

[^1]: British Social Attitudes Survey (pdf)

Community Engagement

Local Councillors should provide at least two weekend community surgeries a month.

Floppy

@Floppy - over 5 years ago

Seems legit - nice referenced update, thanks 👍

yellowgopher

@yellowgopher - over 5 years ago

Based on 1000 people out of 65million...! And that still represents 50% who have a different view. Some balance people, please!

Floppy

@Floppy - over 5 years ago

Interesting: latest British social attitudes survey has CofE at 17.5%, with 48.9% saying "no religion". The rest is made up of other denominations. Not an argument that we're all atheists, but a decent case against special treatment for the CofE.

I understand the BSA survey is drawn from is a pretty well-sampled selection of around 3300 people.

http://www.bsa.natcen.ac.uk/media/38945/bsa32_fullreport.pdf

andrewedmondson

@andrewedmondson - over 5 years ago

No it is based on 1905 people interviewed.

http://www.brin.ac.uk/news/2015/easter-religion-and-other-news/

On 14/04/2015 15:51, yellowgopher wrote:

Based on 1000 people out of 65million...! And that still represents 50% who have a different view. Some balance people, please!

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yellowgopher

@yellowgopher - over 5 years ago

Gallop had a similar result on 1000 people - http://wingia.com/en/news/losingourreligiontwothirdsofpeoplestillclaimtobe_religious/290/ I think I said I was happy for CofE to be disestablished anyway :-)

Floppy

@Floppy - over 5 years ago

We seem to be happy with this, without any blocks. The numbers are sourced, and if there are good sources for changing the number to a better estimate, it can happen in another PR. Merging.