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D'Arcy's Avatar Jump to comment 15 by D'Arcy

Pollsters asked 3,500 people what they considered to be the worst blights on modern society, updating a list drawn up by Rowntree, a Quaker, 104 years ago.

The responses may well have dismayed him. The researchers found that the "dominant opinion" was that religion was a "social evil".

Rowntree may have been dismayed, but I am not. Mind you this was only 3,500 people out of a population of some 60 million, and probably most of those in cities where the pace of life is generally not conducive to religious contemplation. All those recent Eastern Euoropean immigrants from Poland, Rumania, Bulgaria etc. (essentially peasant Christians), probably didn't speak enough good English to be interviewed.

Plenty of ignorance to be combatted yet!

Sun, 20 Apr 2008 13:02:00 UTC | #156536