Tomorrow, Sunday 27th March is Census day in the UK. Last time, back into 2001, we made the astonishing discovery that the UK’s fastest growing religion was Jedi, because almost 400,000 people declared themselves to be Jedi. OK, I love the humor, but sadly this has a negative ripple effect on us all.
The data gathered is used to inform government policy, and was used by the last government to justify funding of religious community bodies over secular ones. For example, 2001 census data has been used repeatedly to justify an increase in the number of state maintained faith schools and the increasing level of government money spent on faith organisations.
By ticking ‘No Religion’, you will ensure that the Government receives an unambiguous message about the number of non-religious people in the UK. Any other response may be manipulated into a response in favour of religion and publicly funded religious organisations.
Seriously now think about it, do you really want more “faith” schools popping up all over the place. If not then please just tick “No Religion”.