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Lies, Damned Lies.......and census results?

Norwich, Norfolk, England threw up a surprising result in the UK 2001 census figures. The Times newspaper reports that the city is "the atheist capital of Britain" after nearly one in three peopled checked the "no religion box" on the census form. Commentators on this state of affairs range from the local bishop to the member of parliament for the area, each putting their own spin on the results. A spokesman for The National Secular Society was somewhat bemused "It is mystifying that there should be more atheists in that part of the world than anywhere else. We have only 15 members in Norwich." Another oddity from this same census was the number of folk, 390,000 who stated their religion was the Jedi faith, of Starwars fame. This was in the mistaken belief, circulated by email, that if a certain critical number of Jedi adherents were to declare themselves the "religion" would have to be officially recognized.

 

 

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article876858.ece

 

 

Norwich North MP Ian Gibson, who has been campaigning against a planned academy school for Heartsease, sponsored by The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James and businessman Graham Dacre, a self-declared Christian.

 

Mr Gibson said: “I feel faith schools are discriminatory and are against what the vast majority of people want in this country. They take away from and weaken other schools in the area, and the local education authority could do just as well to build its own schools and they could all work together with other Norwich schools.

 

 

 

 

http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/content/new...%2011:59:33:643

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Checking the "no religion" box wouldn't have to mean that a person was an atheist, they could simply be non-religious.

 

That is the purest form of atheism. No belief in god. There would have been another box for the wierd fringe stuff. In Britian that likely does mean atheist, whether active or not. I'm personally a big fan of the very british manner of dismissing silly ideas. Pretty much just a " you believe what?, thats a bit silly. You want a drink?" sort of thing.

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