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The BBC is overdoing religion

The BBC is overdoing religion

Posted: Mon, 31 Jul 2017 by Terry Sanderson

New figures show that the BBC is devoting hundreds of hours of programming to religion each year. NSS president Terry Sanderson argues that more of its scarce resources should be spent elsewhere.

Tags: BBC, Media, Statistics

62% say there is “no place in UK politics for religious influence of any kind”

62% say there is “no place in UK politics for religious influence of any kind”

Posted: Mon, 23 May 2016 by Benjamin Jones

The overwhelming majority of Britons believe religion should not "influence" politics in the UK, and majorities of all religious believers except Muslims agree.

Tags: statistics, Islam

Muslim support for theocracy, not terrorism, is the real threat to confront

Muslim support for theocracy, not terrorism, is the real threat to confront

Posted: Thu, 14 Apr 2016 by Benjamin Jones

The ICM poll on 'What British Muslims Really Think' shows clearly that widespread support for Islamic theocracy, not terrorism, is the real, long-term threat to British society, argues Benjamin Jones.

Tags: Islam, Statistics

Scotland is a mosaic of religions and beliefs – but the research shows people turning away from politicised faith

Scotland is a mosaic of religions and beliefs – but the research shows people turning away from politicised faith

Posted: Thu, 24 Mar 2016 by Alistair McBay

Scotland is a mosaic of beliefs and non-beliefs where individuals are free to hold a belief, change it or not have one at all. But it's not hard to see why people are rejecting the organised and politicised aspects of religion, writes Alistair McBay.

Tags: Religion & Belief, Scotland, Church of Scotland, Statistics

For richer or poorer – where is the Church of England?

For richer or poorer – where is the Church of England?

Posted: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 by Ed Moore

Is the Church really as poor as it claims? Ed Moore, treasurer of the National Secular Society, considers the extent of the Church of England's considerable wealth.

Tags: Church of England, church repairs, Statistics

Welby praises “most orthodox” bishops since WW2 as UK gives up on the church

Welby praises “most orthodox” bishops since WW2 as UK gives up on the church

Posted: Thu, 21 Jan 2016 by National Secular Society

As the UK undergoes a "revolutionary generational change" away from religion the Archbishop of Canterbury has boasted that the Church's Bishops in the House of Lords are the "most orthodox since WW2".

Tags: Church & State, Church of England, Secularism, statistics

Misrepresenting concerns about Islam won’t make society more cohesive

Misrepresenting concerns about Islam won’t make society more cohesive

Posted: Wed, 08 Jul 2015 by Benjamin Jones

Recent polling found that 56% of Britons think Islam poses a threat to democracy. However this finding has been misrepresented to suggest that British people think Muslims themselves are a "threat".

Tags: Islam, Community Cohesion, Statistics

Academics call for greater sensitivity about religion in universities, but students suggest it’s not an issue

Academics call for greater sensitivity about religion in universities, but students suggest it’s not an issue

Posted: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 by National Secular Society

Some academics are giving undue prominence to religion and religious students- when the evidence shows they are exaggerating the scale of the 'problem' they describe.

Tags: Freedom of Expression, Education, Religion & Belief, Community Cohesion, Universities, Statistics

Most Britons aren’t religious- but are religious ‘voting blocs’ wielding increasing power in our elections?

Most Britons aren’t religious- but are religious ‘voting blocs’ wielding increasing power in our elections?

Posted: Wed, 06 May 2015 by Benjamin Jones

Religious leaders are wielding disproportionate influence in this election. Benjamin Jones argues that this is likely to get worse, and politicians should resist the urge to treat religious people as blocs.

Tags: Politics, Multiculturalism, Secularism, Community Cohesion, Statistics

Secularism in 2050: huge changes in population make a secular UK even more urgent

Secularism in 2050: huge changes in population make a secular UK even more urgent

Posted: Fri, 10 Apr 2015 by Benjamin Jones

As huge demographic changes and the rapid increase in the Muslim population reshape religion in the UK, Benjamin Jones makes the case that secularism is the best guarantee of future freedoms for believers and atheists alike.

Tags: Islam, Church & State, Christianity, Multiculturalism, Statistics

Should taxpayers be paying for the Church’s leaking roofs?

Should taxpayers be paying for the Church’s leaking roofs?

Posted: Fri, 20 Mar 2015 by Keith Porteous Wood

Keith Porteous Wood argues that with the Church Commissioners sitting on a £4bn surplus, the Church of England should not be receiving additional public funds for fixing church roofs, and should concede to abolishing Chancel Repair Liability without compensation.

Tags: Church of England, Chancel Repair Liability, Statistics

New data revealed on 2015 voting intentions of non-believers

New data revealed on 2015 voting intentions of non-believers

Posted: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 by Benjamin Jones

The British Election Study (BES) has shed new light on the voting intentions of non-believers and religious minorities. Benjamin Jones explores the results and considers some of the potential long term consequences.

Tags: Politics, Conservative Party, atheism, Labour Party, UKIP, GE2015, Statistics

BBC poll shows that religious people give more to charity than non-religious. Maybe...

BBC poll shows that religious people give more to charity than non-religious. Maybe...

Posted: Sun, 08 Jun 2014 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson questions the relevance and wisdom of a BBC commissioned survey that apparently shows that religious people are more likely to give to charity than the non-religious.

Tags: Charity, Statistics

Can we please stop wasting money on these endless surveys that just tell us what we already know?

Can we please stop wasting money on these endless surveys that just tell us what we already know?

Posted: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues we don't need taxpayer's money being spent on reports that tell us that some religious people are annoyed that other people aren't interested in their beliefs.

Tags: Religion & Belief, Statistics

Public perceptions and reality - have we got it wrong?

Public perceptions and reality - have we got it wrong?

Posted: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Poll claims British public vastly overestimate the number of Muslims and underestimate the number of Christians – Terry Sanderson questions if we have.

Tags: statistics, Islam, Christianity

The CofE tries to spin its bad news. But it’s still bad news.

The CofE tries to spin its bad news. But it’s still bad news.

Posted: Wed, 08 May 2013 by Keith Porteous Wood

A closer look at the Church of England attendance figures, stripped of the spin, confirms the picture of continuing decline.

Tags: Church of England, statistics

Where there is state religion, there is less freedom

Where there is state religion, there is less freedom

Posted: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 by Elizabeth O'Casey

A recent paper by Professor Steven Kettell shows that state religion is consistently associated with lower levels of political and civil freedom, and suggests the secular model as the best means to protect and promote human rights and freedom.

Tags: Church & State, Freedom, Equality & Human Rights, reviews, Statistics

New report confirms that religious TV is least popular genre – but the BBC won’t let up

New report confirms that religious TV is least popular genre – but the BBC won’t let up

Posted: Wed, 20 Mar 2013 by Terry Sanderson

A new report, confirming previous research, shows that religion is the least popular genre of programming on TV.

Tags: BBC, Statistics

Is Europe secular or Christian?

Is Europe secular or Christian?

Posted: Fri, 15 Feb 2013 by Revd Dr Darrell Jackson

Revd Dr Darrell Jackson's analysis of secularity reveals that contemporary Europe is simultaneously experiencing 'pre-secularity', secularity, and 'post-secularity' but finds a surprising number of mentions of God, the church and religion in the constitutions of individual countries.

Tags: Religion & Belief, Statistics, Secularisation

There is no American-style Religious Right in Britain, but the general theo-political landscape is lurching rightward

There is no American-style Religious Right in Britain, but the general theo-political landscape is lurching rightward

Posted: Wed, 06 Feb 2013 by Terry Sanderson

A new report by the Theos think-tank throws some interesting light on the evangelical Christian groups that have pushed themselves to the forefront of religio-political activism in the past couple of decades.

Tags: Church & State, Statistics

Atheists respond in their thousands to ‘census’, but can we trust the data?

Atheists respond in their thousands to ‘census’, but can we trust the data?

Posted: Sun, 20 Jan 2013 by Stewart Ware

In an attempt to capture demographic data on the non-religious, Atheist Alliance International has set up the Atheist Census.

Tags: Religion & Belief, atheism, statistics

How to make “nones” disappear: a lesson in statistics from Northern Ireland

How to make “nones” disappear: a lesson in statistics from Northern Ireland

Posted: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 by Jill Farquhar

Jill Farquhar argues that the conflation of 'religion' with 'religious background' in the Northern Ireland census perpetuates the idea that the religion of our parents defines our own religious identity.

Tags: Statistics

Census 2011: What has caused this massive flight from Christianity?

Census 2011: What has caused this massive flight from Christianity?

Posted: Tue, 11 Dec 2012 by Stephen Evans

What has happened in this country in the decade since the last census? What has caused this huge flight from religion?

Tags: Church & State, statistics

Religion is shrinking: and it only has itself to blame

Religion is shrinking: and it only has itself to blame

Posted: Wed, 10 Oct 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The perception that Americans are an overwhelmingly church-going, evangelically conservative people took another knock this week with the release of a poll from the Pew Research Centre.

Tags: Statistics, Religion & Belief

Those census statistics explained

Those census statistics explained

Posted: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson

A new book attempts to answer intriguing question about why 72% of English people identified themselves as Christian in the 2001 census when less than 10 per cent regularly attends a place of worship.

Tags: Census, Statistics

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