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Attitudes to religion or belief as a protected characteristic with regard to the Public Sector Equality Duty of The Equality Act 2010 (3380)

Type of Data: Attitudes to religion or belief as a protected characteristic with regard to the Public Sector Equality Duty of The Equality Act 2010 (3380)

Faith Community: General

Date: 2013, December-2014, March

Geography: Scotland

Sample Size: 1407

Population: Adults aged 16 and over

Keywords: Abortion, adoption, angels, assisted suicide, astrology, Aura reading, Ayurveda session, cafes, Christian nation, church attendance, crystal healing, demons, devil, Equality Act, euthanasia, events in human world, events in natural world, faith schools, foster care, friends, God, healthcare, heaven, hell, homeless hostels, hospices, improvement of understanding, informed, Jinns, Karma, life after death, manifesting religion or beliefs, means of knowledge, miracle, Muslims, nurses, people's thoughts, personal being, place of work, power of deceased ancestors, prayer, private matter, professional sphere, protected characteristics, Public Sector Equality Duty, public sphere, reason, reflexology, Reiki, reincarnation, religion and belief groups, religion of upbringing, religious affiliation, religious and secular, religious organizations, religious symbols, religiously affiliated schools, same-sex couples, same-sex marriage, schools, science, secular ethos, secular nation, simply material, soul, soup kitchens, spirits, spiritual care, spiritual forces, state funding, talking about religion or beliefs, tarot card reading, universal life force, wider community

Collection Method: Online interview

Collection Agency: School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh

Sponsor: Equality Unit, Scottish Government

Published Source:

  • http://faithandbelief.div.ed.ac.uk/
  • Anthony Allison, Faith and Belief Scotland: A Contemporary Mapping of Attitudes and Provisions in Scotland, Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh, 2014
  • http://www.brin.ac.uk/news/2014/british-academy-recognition-and-other-news/

    BRIN ID: 3380


    The questionnaire was distributed ‘through various religion and belief mailing lists and popular social media platforms’ and respondents are unlikely to have been nationally representative. In particular, relative to the results of the 2011 Scottish census, adherents of the Church of Scotland and Roman Catholic Church appear to have been seriously under-represented and non-Christians and those professing no religion over-represented.

    Posted by: Clive D. Field

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