82% of Britons 'Get It'

From Guardian Unlimited:

More people in Britain think religion causes harm than believe it does good, according to a Guardian/ICM poll published today. It shows that an overwhelming majority see religion as a cause of division and tension – greatly outnumbering the smaller majority who also believe that it can be a force for good.

The poll also reveals that non-believers outnumber believers in Britain by almost two to one. It paints a picture of a sceptical nation with massive doubts about the effect religion has on society: 82% of those questioned say they see religion as a cause of division and tension between people. Only 16% disagree. The findings are at odds with attempts by some religious leaders to define the country as one made up of many faith communities.

Comments (3 comments)

Adron / December 26th, 2006, 9:27 pm / #1

That is the kind of news I like to hear.

Ya know, it seems like England learned from the mishaps of the past, yet America is made up of Americans who ran away from that history and now are almost doomed to repeat it. Albeit the repeat seems it will be in a strange and perverse modern psychological way.

aidan / January 9th, 2007, 4:26 am / #2

Yes I was also amazed and gratified to read this news in the Guardian. The N.Irish example was an example of how religious fanaticism can poison politics and civil society. Of course there is also the Cromwell legacy and the endless wrangling between high and low church, Protestant and Catholic. They’ve obviously had enough.

The situation in the US is disheartening. I saw a recent documentary called “Jesus Camp” that takes an up-close look at evangelical indoctrination of children. Disturbing viewing, as it reflects a mindset that is fairly prevalent in some quarters.

BlackSun / January 9th, 2007, 1:07 pm / #3

Whoa, yes, aidan, I saw “Jesus Camp.” Truly terrifying.

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