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← Religion is 'the new social evil'

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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".

In pointing out that the word should be "might" not "may" I shall dispense with the usual apology for "pedantry". There is nothing pedantic about verbal precision, and in this case I found the error actively confusing. "May" suggests that the long dead Rowntree is still in a position to be dismayed. Or that what we have here is a historical report of the results of Rowntree's original survey 104 years ago.

Richard

Sun, 20 Apr 2008 13:49:00 UTC | #156557