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March 03, 2006

Only On The BBC

Perception vs Reality time.

In this ICM survey last year people were asked what religion they belonged to. Maybe not the best proxy for belief in God available, but only 22% of the respondents said that they were a member of "No Faith". Regular worship attendance was quite poor, as we all know, with 32% going at least once every few months, but with more than 50% attending a few times a year.

Evidence of a widespread absence of belief in God? I don't think so. In fact, I think it's fair to say it's evidence of a general belief in God of some kind, but of a theologically wooly nature.

Now we turn to this story from this evening, describing Blair interview with Parkinson.

Headline?
Blair 'prayed to God' over Iraq

As though his belief in God was unusual.

So, yet again, BBC perception (normal people don't believe in God) clashes with reality (most people in the U.K. do seem to, in fact, believe in God). No change there, then...
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