Scotland just had their Census it once again includes a question on religion. The decline in Christian believers shocked many in their government, and of course horrified in the Christian Church.
Now, when I worked the Census last year this came up a good bit. But I would like to revisit it for a moment. The Census in the US serves a number of purposes. For one it helps to dictate where funding is allocated out to. It also gives those both in and those running for office an idea of who is voting for them. Including a Religious question gives them a better understanding of how voters feel about everything from Abortion laws, to Healthcare laws, to Education to, Religious Seperation Laws and so on...
Adding a Religion question to the Census not only helps them to identify the basic beliefs and thoughts of the voters but it also aids religious charities, groups and schools to know just what they are facing in the world as well.
Now, I also realize that even without the religion question on the form there were millions upset that they had to fill out the Census anyways. But if we want things like road work and decent schools, it's a must do for 2mins every 10 years... So lets just skip all the "I don't think we should have a Census" answers and actually answer the question I'm posting...
And that question is simple - Should we return the Religion question to the Census? Why or Why not?
Answer by butterflyblue19 at 1:55 PM on Mar. 18, 2011
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Answer by dullscissors at 2:23 PM on Mar. 18, 2011
Answer by Sebbiemama at 2:24 PM on Mar. 18, 2011
It's probably not necessary, but I don't mind answering it. I think it is cool to see what the numbers are. It's kind of like the "out campaign" the more people who say "yes, I am an Atheist" (or any non-Christian religion) without fear or shame, it opens the doors for those who may be afraid to tell people; when people see the numbers rising in their nation, they may feel a little less alone. I know this probably sounds silly, lol. But I always feel encouraged when I see the numbers rising in European countries.
Answer by l.o.v.e at 2:30 PM on Mar. 18, 2011
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