The Society is supporting Humanists UK in its 2021 Census Campaign. We want to reach all non-religious people with one very simple message: if you’re not religious, say so! Make sure you tick ‘No religion’ when you fill in your Census.Why we’re urging people to tick ‘No religion’ if they no longer believe.
Because censuses in England and Wales use a leading question about religion, ‘What is your religion?’, many people think they’re ‘supposed’ to give the religion they were brought up in, baptised in, or have some form of cultural association with – even if they have no religious beliefs and do not practise a religion.
This poses a huge problem, because policy-makers treat these people as full religious believers, and cite this data when making decisions on things like opening more faith schools, or keeping bishops in the House of Lords.
By asking all non-religious people to tick 'None', we can help to make sure non-religious people’s views are properly considered on a range of issues by those in charge.
What can you do to help?
Help make sure the numbers of non-religious are properly counted this time by sharing the campaign page, and starting conversations about the Census with friends and family.
By adding your voice to this conversation, you could have a huge impact on the lives of non-religious people in the UK over the next decade and beyond.
Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of Humanists UK, had a Q&A event explaining the aims of the campaign and why ‘Ticking no religion’ is so important which you can now watch on YouTube.
We hope you will support this campaign.
Page updated 28/3/2020.