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Survey: Number of British who claim “no religion” rises to 25%

posted at 5:17 pm on December 11, 2012 by

There are more Hindus and Muslims in the UK now there than were 10 years ago, but there’s no doubt which group is chiefly responsible for the dip in Christians as a percentage of the total population:

The number of Christians has declined in absolute terms too:

The Christian population of England and Wales has fallen by four million to 33.2 million in the past decade, the 2011 census reveals…

The Church of England said Christianity remained the most populous faith in England, but the fall in people choosing to identify themselves as Christians was a challenge.

Spokesman the Reverend Arun Arora said: “One of the reasons may well be fewer people identifying as ‘cultural Christians’ – that is, those who have no active involvement with churches and who may previously have identified as Christian for cultural or historical reasons.

The trend in the U.S. is similar but not as pronounced as in the UK. And Arora’s point about identification is well taken. In the U.S. survey at the last link, there was an open question as to how many people had “dropped” their religion versus how many hadn’t really been practicing it for years but only recently chose to identify as “not religious.” It may be that the spike in unaffiliateds is less a case of people abandoning their beliefs now than simply feeling it’s more acceptable to admit that they abandoned them awhile ago.

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Survey: Number of British who claim “no religion” rises to 25%

In related news, the number of British who “pray” at the altar of big government statism, gay marriage and multi-culturalism reaches an all-time high.

Norwegian on December 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Christianity down sharply, (generally Lefty) atheism and Islam up significantly. Mark Steyn, call your office.

Guy Benson on December 11, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Hey, I got a great idea! Let’s start a state-controlled, theological salad bar and call it a church just so I can get my freak on!

/henry XIII

CurtZHP on December 11, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Your lovely mohamet following inbred satan moon worshippers in the night shirts and bags will be happy to help you with that.

tom daschle concerned on December 11, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Christianity down sharply, (generally Lefty) atheism and Islam up significantly. Mark Steyn, call your office.

Guy Benson on December 11, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Yes up 1.8% over the last ten years and they are approaching 5% of the total population! They will take over and force sharia on everyone any day now.

lexhamfox on December 11, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Yes up 1.8% over the last ten years and they are approaching 5% of the total population! They will take over and force sharia on everyone any day now.

lexhamfox on December 11, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Willful blindness will serve you well into the future infidel.

tom daschle concerned on December 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Quite a triumph!

Kensington on December 11, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Just clearing the way for Islam. Endorsed by Barry!

Oil Can on December 11, 2012 at 6:10 PM

2000: 15% “No religion”
2011: 25% “No religion”
2020: 40% “No religion”
2025: 95% “Muslim”

Gingotts on December 11, 2012 at 6:27 PM

The important numbers will be number of white women raped by roving gangs of mohammedians, and the total number of headless/100,000.

tom daschle concerned on December 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

In related news, the number of British who “pray” at the altar of big government statism, gay marriage and multi-culturalism reaches an all-time high.

Norwegian on December 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Hey atheists – this is the alternative to worshiping God.

Pick actual freedom or pick the freedom of utter folly.

MelonCollie on December 11, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Good start, there are 25% less willfully stupid people in England. Too bad the religious dummies run amok in The United States. Hopefully we will eventually see an enlighten time of 100% of the world choosing NOT to be complete morons with that religious insanity. The world will be so much better when reason and intelligence replaces the abject fear and poisonous hatred religion forces on the cowardly and feeble minded.

Your Mamma loves me on December 12, 2012 at 6:32 PM