Intolerance of Religion in the UK

Hmm... I don't think this is quite accurate.

Apparently, according to a recent survey (Ispos)…

Forced to choose, no fewer than 71% of Britons contend that ‘religious beliefs promote intolerance, exacerbate ethnic divisions, and impede social progress in developing and developed nations alike’. Only 29% say the polar opposite, that ‘religion provides the common values and ethical foundations that diverse societies need to thrive in the 21st century’.

This ranks Britain fifth equal in terms of negativity towards religion in a league table of 23 countries surveyed in Wave 14 of the Ipsos Global @dvisor omnibus poll. Fieldwork was conducted online between 7 and 23 September 2010 among a total of more than 18,000 adults aged 16-64, including 1,002 in Great Britain. (Full Report Here)

The problem I find is that these people don’t get who Jesus is. The one who has come to release the captive, to provide equality, and to bring freedom.

This calls for us as Christians to start acting upon this stereotype; at least for our faith anyway…


Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @

  • Amy

    I agree with the majority outcome of the survey, as you already know. If that’s how the majority of people feel, religion must be doing something wrong. Religion says it’s about equality but so much of its teachings all around show inequality and people are starting to realise that now I think. They’re thinking for themselves, rather than having a book written by god knows who (no pun in tended). I think it’s important people do this, if it wrote in the bible, just for instance, to say, kill anyone who gave birth to twins (not so random in the history of other religions). Then would you do it, or would your conscience tell you not too? People need to start listening to their conscience more and take that into consideration before believing that religion is the be all and end all.