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Religious Census 2011 – Initial Responses

Herewith an initial trawl of statements by interested parties about the results from the religion question in the 2011 census of population of England and Wales. All the statements were published on 11 or 12 December 2012. No claim is … Continue reading

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Council Prayers

In yet another paradox of public attitudes to religion, 55% of Britons agree that local councils should be allowed to hold prayers as part of formal council meetings, even though an identical proportion personally believe that councils should not hold … Continue reading

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Census Christians

‘UK residents who think of themselves as Christian show very low levels of Christian belief and practice’ and ‘are overwhelmingly secular in their attitudes on a range of issues from gay rights to religion in public life’, according to research … Continue reading

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Chaplaincy to the Armed Forces

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is spending £22 million annually on employing 280 Christian chaplains across the three armed services, according to the MoD’s reply to a request under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act made by the National Secular … Continue reading

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Religious Discrimination in Britain

A synthesis of the quantitative and qualitative evidence base for actual or perceived religious discrimination in Britain during the past decade was published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on 20 June as Research Report, 73. Emanating from … Continue reading

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Papal Visit – Final Reckoning

A significant amount of controversy surrounded the run-up to the state and pastoral visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Scotland and England on 16-19 September 2010, although, in retrospect, the visit was deemed by many to have been a success. … Continue reading

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Costing the Heavens

The National Secular Society (NSS) claimed on Monday that its study of expenditure on hospital chaplaincy by NHS provider trusts in England had demonstrated that the service yields no clinical benefit. The NSS press release and accompanying 12-page report, written … Continue reading

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Hospital Chaplaincy

The Daily Express recently ran a story headlined ‘NHS spends £25m on clergymen while hard-up hospitals have to shut wards’. Written by Victoria Fletcher, the newspaper’s health editor, the article is available online at: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/227562/NHS-spends-25m-on-clergymen-while-hard-up-hospitals-have-to-shut-wards- It is based upon a … Continue reading

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Cyber Warfare Breaks Out Over the Papal Visit to Britain

As anticipated in our post of 26 February on ‘What do we think of the Pope?’, the planned papal visit to Great Britain in September is already causing controversy. The internet has become one of the battlegrounds for the expression … Continue reading

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