I WOULD like to encourage all readers to think carefully about the question on religion in the upcoming 2011 Census.
The results of the question are used by government, local authorities and service providers to decide how to run services and create policies.
Many people in the last Census ticked the ‘Christian’ box when they did not hold Christian beliefs, go to Church or identify as Christian in any meaningful way. By ticking ‘Christian’, rather than ‘No religion’, this has influenced central and local government policy. This has led to an increase in divisive and discriminatory faith schools, (which the majority of the population are against), huge amounts of money for ‘faith groups’ in local areas and the appointment of ‘faith advisors’ to government departments.
I strongly urge readers who do not practise or strongly identify with any particular religion to tick the ‘No Religion’ box in the Census in March 2011. In the 2001 Census, 14.09% of residents in the Yorkshire and Humber region identified themselves as non-religious. However, countless other surveys show that there are many more non-religious people in the UK that are not being properly counted. As the 2011 Census may be the last one ever held it is doubly important that policy can be based on accurate statistics. More information is available at www.census-campaign.org.uk
Chris Robinson, Sprotbrough, Doncaster