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    Default New website urges Australians to Keep Religion Out of Politics

    The Atheist Foundation of Australia (AFA) has launched a new website designed to encourage individuals and families to think about the importance and impact of their answer to the Census question: "What is the person's religion?"

    This campaign is part of a wider education and communication campaign being run by the Atheist Foundation of Australia that draws attention to the fact that the wording of this question means many people will select the religion of their baptism or initiation at youth, despite not being a religious person at all.

    This website -- www.CensusNoReligion.org -- has been designed as a resource for interested Australians in the lead up to the next Australian Census being held on 9 August 2011. It gives people information about how the results of this question can be misused to allocate funds, overstate the number of actively religious people in Australia, and exaggerate the importance of religion in modern Australia.

    AFA President David Nicholls said, “Data from the Census is used by parliamentarians and religious leaders to sway politics and social policy in favour of complying with religious tenets and ecclesiastical notions. In fact in many cases, it makes a situation where a decision that should rely on empirical evidence is overridden by religious demands.

    The coming Census in Australia is an important chance to make sure your interests are met in decision making and funding and that views you do not hold are not over-represented in the coming years,” Nicholls said. “I encourage everyone to visit the website and make sure they are informed of the implications of their answers, and if you are not religious now to mark ‘No religion’ on August 9.”

    For more information go to: www.CensusNoReligion.org
    Email: info@atheistfoundation.org.au

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    Nice press release - well done.
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    I've sent a link to everyone I know in my email account.

    We all have a battles to fight with the religious....it's seems like their getting hit from the education side and the political side. Good work.
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    Default Re: New website urges Australians to Keep Religion Out of Politics

    From http://www.censusNoReligion.org/ and this link -

    - What are the possible answers?

    Responses to the religion question are coded to the Australian Standard Classification of Religious Groups. ....
    Click on the "Downloads" tab, then

    Click on "CLASSIFICATION STRUCTURE - BROAD GROUPS, NARROW GROUPS AND RELIGIOUS GROUPS" ...... .xls

    ... one gets a spreadsheet with all the classifications. Interestingly,
    • "Islam" is not broken down into Sunni, Sh'ia, or others, and
    • "No Religion" does not include Scepticism


    [ADD] this page accesses the .xls for religion by age for Australia for 1996, 2001, & 2006


    [ADD 2] This page gives a breakdown of the 2006 census by sex and sub-classifications such as 'atheism', 'rationalism', and "No Religion nfd"

    Last edited by RealityRules; 9th February 2011 at 12:49 PM.
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    Interestingly, the last census (there should be a new one this year) on religion shows that only 7.5% of the population regularly attend church. To me, this means that only 7.5% of the population are really religious, and yes, as said before, most people identify themselves to a religion simply because that is their parent's religion.

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    Default Re: New website urges Australians to Keep Religion Out of Politics

    I can't wait to see the reaction to this campaign by the various religious organisations. In fact, I can't really think of any argument or counterclaim that won't make them look stupid and desperate. After all, the only thing this campaign asks is for people to tell the truth.

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    Quote Emmy said View Post
    Interestingly, the last census (there should be a new one this year) on religion shows that only 7.5% of the population regularly attend church.
    That may have been a poll, in recent years, and not a census.
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    Quote RealityRules said View Post
    That may have been a poll, in recent years, and not a census.
    I got that from the Australian Bureau of Statistics website from when they did the last census - 5 years ago.

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    Quote Emmy said View Post
    I got that from the Australian Bureau of Statistics website from when they did the last census - 5 years ago.
    Can you provide the link, Emmy, please?
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    Quote RealityRules said View Post
    Can you provide the link, Emmy, please?
    I am pretty sure I saw it in an ABS graph, just trying to find it. In the meantime, please refer here - http://www.ncls.org.au/default.aspx?...50&track=82083 and here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demogra...a#cite_note-16 (under Religion) to find that claim. As soon as I find the graph, I will post that too.

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