Unchristian Britain

Unchristian Britain

For the first time fewer than half of people in England and Wales describe themselves as Christian, the Census 2021 has revealed.

The proportion of people who said they were Christian was 46.2%, down from 59.3% in the last census in 2011.

In contrast the number who said they had no religion increased to 37.2% of the population, up from a quarter.

Those identifying as Muslim rose from 4.9% in 2011 to 6.5% last year.

People were also asked about their ethnic group and national identity - the responses of which were released in the results just published.

The census is carried out every 10 years by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

People were asked the broad question what their religion was rather than being asked more specifically about their beliefs or religious practices, in the voluntary question included in the census since 2001.

Separately when people were asked about their ethnic group, 81.7% of residents in England and Wales identified as White, down from 86.0% a decade earlier, according to the census.

And 74.4% of the total population identified as White as well as English, Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish or British.

The next most common ethnic group was Asian, Asian British or Asian Welsh accounting for 9.3% of the overall population - 5.5 million people, up from 4.2 million.

There is, however, some doubt as to whether the official statistics are really telling the truth - though if they are not it is impossible to tell to what extent that is the result of the Powers That Be falsifying them in order to conceal certain trends, or because certain groups are reluctant to take part in the census. In particular, the number of people identifying as Black, Black British, Black Welsh, Caribbean or African was supposedly 2.5% of the population, up from 1.8%, taking the figure from 990,000 to 1.5 million. Anyone familiar with London and Birmingham, however, will find such a low figure extremely hard to believe.

Likewise, the percentage of Muslims would mean around three million of them. Given that this was the figure that Muslims used to claim twenty years ago, it is inconceivable that it has not increased massively since then.