Christian Institute misses the point of the Census Campaign
In an article accusing humanists of missing the point of the census religion question, the Christian Institute takes the time to explain that:
The BHA is missing the point. The census question does not seek to measure religious devotion or practice, it simply measures affiliation.
Funnily enough this point is far from “missed” by the BHA’s Census Campaign. Under the heading “What does the Census really measure?” the Census Campaign website says:
However, the high percentage of people who ticked the ‘Christian’ box, coupled with falling Church attendance and evidence from other surveys on belief and practice, suggests that the question actually measures a vague cultural affiliation…
It’s the immediately subsequent point that is actually the point of the Census Campaign, and the beef with the religion question, namely that vague cultural affiliation is:
– something that does not affect people’s needs with regard to policy.
And the problem is that sometimes the census data is used exactly as if the ‘religion’ answers were meaningful.
So we all agree that cultural affiliation is (at best) what the Census can be said to measure. Can we now all agree that obviously this will mean that Census religion findings and vague nominal affiliations won’t be used when it comes to defending social attitudes or informing policy formation or allocating funding? That’s the point.
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