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My Story: Michael Dove

Michael Dove, a member of Humanists Victoria and leader of the ‘Census21 – Not Religious? Mark ‘No Religion’’ campaign, shares why he’ll be marking ‘No religion’ at the census.

Read more at censusnoreligion.org.au

Ignoring children’s rights leads to overstated importance of religion in census data | Si Gladman

The problem of parents and carers marking their own religion down for their children on the census is contributing to the overstatement of religion in Australia.

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Mapping ‘No Religion’ | Michael Dove & Charles Dove

Averages tell only part of the story. This brief report looks at distribution of religious responses in the capital cities of our states and territories. How does your community measure up?

Read more at censusnoreligion.org.au

Census time to mark ‘No Religion’ | Heidi Nicholl

CEO of Humanists Australia Heidi Nicholl writes on the importance of those with non-religious worldviews marking ‘No Religion’ in the upcoming census.

Read more at The Age

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Neil Francis on ABC Radio Sydney

Listen to statistician and Rationalist Society Fellow Neil Francis discussing the questions that everyone should be asking themselves when considering their response to the census question on religion.

Watch more on Census21’s YouTube channel

Stand up and be counted | Michael Dove

Census data overstates the importance of religion in Australia.  This article pleads for accuracy and honesty to ensure taxpayer funds are allocated fairly.

Read more at Humanists Australia

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Historical analysis of census data shows religious denominations in decline | Michael Dove

Recently released research released by the Rationalist Society of Australia uses historical census data to highlight the long-term decline of religious affiliation. But this only tells part of the story.

Read more at censusnoreligion.org.au

The problem with the census question | Neil Francis

Neil Francis explains why the census question on religion is biased and why, if you’re not religious, you should mark ‘No Religion’.

Read more at censusnoreligion.org.au

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Michael Kirby religiosity report

‘Australians are very sceptical’: Michael Kirby warns against ‘excessive protection’ of religious freedoms | Paul Karp

Former justice says religious rights can’t come at expense of minorities or the 70% of Australians who say religion is not personally important.

Read more at theguardian.com

The importance of ticking ‘no religion’ in the census cannot be overstated | Shappi Khorsandi

When non-religious people skip this optional part of the census form, or write a joke answer, or write ‘other’, the less represented we are, the less our values and views are considered.

Read more at independent.co.uk

Less than half of Britons expected to tick ‘Christian’ in UK census | Harriet Sherwood

The “post-Christian era” in the UK will be cemented by data emerging from Sunday’s census which is expected to show further generational disengagement from organised religion, according to a leading academic.

Read more at theguardian.com

Latest British Social Attitudes survey shows huge generational surge in the non-religious

The latest British Social Attitudes Survey has shown that the share of the population belonging to no religion has continued to grow, now standing at 53%, with 12% Anglicans, 7% Catholics, 18% other Christians, and 9% all other religions.

Read more at humanism.org.uk

U.S. Church Membership Falls Below Majority for First Time | Jeffrey M. Jones

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ membership in houses of worship continued to decline last year, dropping below 50% for the first time in Gallup’s eight-decade trend. In 2020, 47% of Americans said they belonged to a church, synagogue or mosque, down from 50% in 2018 and 70% in 1999.

Read more at news.gallup.com

The number of Australians of faith is plummeting and Christians are now a shrinking minority | Eliza McPhee

Almost half of the Australian population don’t hold any religious beliefs, new research has found, with Christians now a shrinking minority. The number of Australians that described themselves as having no religion was at 26 per cent in 2003 but this has since jumped to 45 per cent this month, data from Roy Morgan found.

Read more at dailymail.co.uk

Census will show a drop of “millions” of Christians, experts say | Tim Wyatt

Next week’s census is likely to show numbers of those claiming to be Christians falling to about 50 per cent, experts have said. Speaking during a Religion Media Centre briefing on Thursday, sociologists and demographers of religion agreed that the results of the 2021 Census, due to take place on 21 March, will show another significant decline from 2011, in which 59 per cent of people said they were Christians.

Read more at religionmediacentre.org.uk

Census 2021 – how religious affiliation determines social policy | Religion Media Center

The UK national census takes place on Sunday 21 March 2021 but the question about religion has always proved controversial. In the census, religion helps identify a social identity, but is it enough to test affiliation – what about belief?

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