Thursday 8 December 2016

Non-believers must be given equal treatment

Published 26/03/2011 | 09:37

THE 2011 census is due on April 10 and the religion question is just as biased as ever. It is not even subtly biased. By asking "What is your religion?", it assumes that everyone must have a religion and there doesn't, at first sight, appear to be an opportunity to say that you don't.

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Actually, the option does exist, but it is so well hidden beneath a column of five suggested religions and then two rows of boxes bearing the instruction “Write in your religion” that 70,000 people missed it in 2006.

The CSO statisticians know how to draft a poll and their disingenuity is offensive to those of no religion who are seeking equal treatment with those who profess religious belief.

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