Supporting the BHA’s “Census Campaign”

The good BHA (the British Humanist Association) are campaigning for a change in next year’s national census. The problem? The question “What is your religion?” leads to a very distorted picture of the state of religion in the UK.

As the BHA explain on their website, asking “What is your religion?” implies that you DO have a religion, and it prompts people to tick a religion, regardless of how strongly they hold their beliefs. For example, someone who goes to church every week may tick the same box as someone who was baptized but never thinks about church. Consequently, people of religion are hugely over-represented, and all thanks to this one biased question.

This over-representation of the religious population has been used to justify various detrimental religious policies, including the expansion of faith based schools and keeping the 26 Bishops in the House of Lords as of right. To help stop this, if in doubt choose ‘no religion’ in 2011!

Welcome to The Skeptic Canary

Hello everyone! Welcome to my shiny new blog. In it I will talk about all issues of interest to myself, including (but not limited to) skepticism, science, humanist, religion and of course the mighty NCFC. I might even write a series about flags of the world, exciting eh?

Some of you may remember my previous blog, which can still be found at tomfooleryblog.com. I may still update it from time to time, but I found it a bit limiting. It had been my intention to use tomfooleryblog to write about the sillier aspects of woo, but I ended up writing about more serious things like autism and electoral form, so the moniker of tomfooleryblog really didn’t fit.

Stay tuned for more posts!