A survey conducted of people in England established this year that, for the first time, the majority of that nation are not religious. Fifty-one percent of those polled reported that they have no religion — a sharp contrast to the same poll conducted in 1985 when 67% said that they were Christians.
Today, only 42% said they were Christians while 51% took the no religion option. This makes England a non-religious nation for the first time.
What is fascinating is that the English are becoming less religious while their government is increasingly prosecuting people for blasphemy (here). Some of us consider the greatest threat to civilization to be the curtailment of free speech against religion rather than religion’s decline. If you are concerned about civilization, you should be guaranteeing that people are allowed to both worship and speak freely on religion. All those atheists and agnostics in England probably have a few things to say about religion. Yet, Blair and others are allowed to call them virtual terrorists while they are not allowed to speak freely about the dangers or their dislike for religion.