So the results are available and already making news. Well, some of it is making news. In the spirit of Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics, let me lay out the actual figures for religion, taken from the ONS. For England and Wales, of course… sorry, the rest of the disunited kingdom, your voice is not heard here.
|Persons in England and Wales||56075912|
|Believe in God||2969|
|Church of All Religion||408|
|Native American Church||127|
|Own Belief System||1949|
|Traditional African Religion||588|
I’ve not listed those who did not declare a religious affiliation such as atheists, humanists and jedi (hmm, discuss…).
The consensus amongst the pagan folk on Facebook suggests the pagan return is a cumulative 80,000 or so. It would appear the pagan-dash initiative may not have been differentiated as yet, so that for example all the pagan-druid folk slipped into the pagan box rather than the druid box. Although, as one Twitter friend commented, there appears to have been at least one druid in every area in England and Wales… I would make one further comment…
The census return was one form per household. The form was to be completed by the ‘head of household’ which could provide fuel for a massive argument in many a household but… how was the count determined in multi-faith homes (like mine)? Was the questionnaire simply filled in with the religion of the person completing the form? I expect so.
I wonder how many more pagans there would be if it was an individual return?