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The Archbishop's new clothes. The new Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowman Williams, wore a "set of enthronement vestments" costing £9,500 at his February Canterbury Cathedral enthronement. The togs were paid for by an anonymous donor after the National Assembly of Wales refused to subsidize them. Source: The Times [UK], Feb. 22, 2003
16% of Canadians boasts no religion. New census data reveal Canadian church affiliation is dropping steadily. The percentage of the Canadian population claiming no religion rose to 16% from 12% a decade ago. According to Statistics Canada's 2001 census, prior to 1971, only 1% of Canadians admitted having no religion.
Immigration is credited with Canada's loss of faith. One-fifth of immigrants to Canada between 1991 and 2001 have no religion, especially those from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Source: Toronto Globe & Mail, May 13, 2003
BC: Heavenly to freethinkers. One in three residents of Greater Vancouver, B.C., says s/he has no religion. Nonreligious residents in Vancouver proper have jumped to nearly 40% since 1991. Unorthodox beliefs also flourish, with Vancouver being home to more "witches" and Wiccans (2,625) than Salvation Army "soldiers" (1,545). Source: Vancouver Sun, May 14, 2003
Canada's most godless city. Some 80% of Canadians over age 15 in Victoria, on B.C.'s lovely Vancouver Island, reported they do not attend a place of worship. Source: The Times Colonist [Victoria], April 1, 2003
Yukon gold! The Yukon is the most secular of Canadian provinces and territories with 37% reporting no religious affiliation. British Columbian nonreligious are a close second, and 23% of Albertans cite no religion. Only 2% of the population in Newfoundland and Labrador reported no religion, while Quebec nonreligious are at 6%. Source: Vancouver Sun, May 14, 2003
9 in 10 Scots avoid kirk. Only 1 individual in 10 in Scotland goes to church each Sunday. Worshippers at the national Church of Scotland fell by 22% in the last eight years, with the Catholic Church reporting attendance down by nearly 20%. Source: The Scotsman, May 20, 2003
Great Scot--more infidels! The 2001 census reveals more than a quarter of Scots have no faith, an 8% leap since the last census. About 7.7 million said they have no religion. "We may observe that in Scotland, as in many lands evangelized centuries ago and steeped in Christianity, there no longer exists the reality of a 'Christian society,' that is, a measure of its life and values," the pope told Scots bishops at the Vatican. Sources: Scotsman, Feb. 14, 2003, The Herald [UK], March 6, 2003
Crisis in the kirk! The number of children baptized in the Scottish Kirk slumped by a third in the past 40 years--a statistic described by the press as posing "an existential crisis." Five in six babes were not baptized in 2001. Up to 19,000 people drop out of congregations each year. Source: The Herald [UK], April 18, 2003
Swiss enlightenment. More than 11% of Swiss have no religious affiliation, a rise of 10% in just 30 years, according to a 2000 survey by the Federal Office of Statistics. Some 70% said they have little interest in organized religion. Source: Swissinfo.org, Jan. 30, 2003
Arizona not rising on Sundays. Fewer than half of Arizona adults report routinely going to church, according to a survey by WestGroup Research of Phoenix. Highest regular church attendance was (over)reported by Mormons, at 88%, Catholics, at 62%, and nondenominational Christians, at 60%. Source: Arizona Republic, March 29, 2003
Lucre not so filthy? Twenty-two percent of Americans with no religion make $75,000 or more a year, compared to 19% of Protestants, 25% of Catholics, and 44% of Jews. Baptists have among the lowest incomes of any Protestant group, and Episcopalians and Presbyterians have the highest Protestant incomes. Mormons are slightly below average, according to Gallup Poll, with 20% making above $75,000. Source: Gallup Poll/Kenosha News [WI], March 3, 2002
"Atheist capital of Britain." Nearly 1 in 3 in the city of Norwich checked the "no religion" box on the 2001 census form, which makes church-filled Norwich the inexplicable home to the largest proportion of unbelievers in the United Kingdom--at almost twice the national average. Source: The Times [UK], Feb. 14, 2003
Being atheist John Malkovich. Actor John Malkovich, in a recent interview with Telegraph Magazine, described himself as an atheist. Source: The Age [Australia], April 25, 2003
Not "naughty" to us. More than 50 Members of Parliament, dubbed "naughty boys and girls," opted for a secular affirmation, minus "So help me God," on their first day in Parliament.
Scottish Socialist MSP Colin Fox refused to take any oath and sang Robert Burns' song, "A Man's A Man for A' That" instead of swearing allegiance to the Queen. Glasgow MSP Rosie Kane wrote a message on her fist reading "My oath is to the people."Source: Daily Record, May 8, 2003
Christian Science numbers sickly. The number of Christian Science practitioners and teachers dropped from about 5,000 in 1971 to 1,800 in 1996. The number of churches fell from 1,800 to 1,100 between 1971 and 2003. Christian Science teaches that illness is an illusion caused by faulty beliefs and cured by prayer. Source: Quackwatch.com
Educating Catholics. Whether going to Catholic or nonsectarian colleges, most Roman Catholic students are antiabortion when they enter college, but a majority support legalized abortion by the time they graduate. A survey of thousands of students was conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles. By the way, enrollment is significantly down in Catholic schools, coinciding with the unending pedophile priest scandals. Sources: New York Times, March 5, Jan. 22, 2003
5 companies control 90% of media? Media mogul and infidel Ted Turner, creator of CNN, recently criticized the concentration of ownership of most newspapers, TV and radio networks and stations, for being in the hands of a few corporations. "There's really five companies that control 90% of what we read, see and hear. It's not healthy." Source: Reuters, April 25, 2003
Mo' and mo' Mormons. Utah tops the 50 states in claiming family tax breaks on federal tax returns, a sign that Utah has some of the biggest families in the nation. Source: Salt Lake Tribune, March 4, 2003
That's kinda insulting. Atheists, Muslims and Mormons topped the list of groups viewed by Americans as least like themselves in values and beliefs, according to a national survey by the Institute for Jewish & Community Research. Two out of three adults said people "who do not believe in religion" were unlike themselves. Nearly six in ten (56%) saw Muslims and Mormons as different. Only one in three saw Jews or Christian fundamentalists as being different, and even fewer rated blacks, Latinos or Catholics as dissimilar. Source: Washington Post, Jan. 21, 2003

Women, thou shalt suffer. It is estimated 500 women are killed as witches in Tanzania each year. Source: Harper's Index, 2003
Barbarism against women. The World Health Organization estimates that about 130 million girls and women in 28 countries undergo some form of female genital mutilation ("circumcision"), often justified by religious belief. Source: BBC News, Feb. 27, 2003
Your tax dollars at work. The federal government will spend a record $120 million on "abstinence education" (no contraceptive information, etc.) in fiscal year 2003. That includes $67 million in ongoing programs included in the omnibus spending bill signed by Bush on Feb. 20, $2.6 million in one-time earmarked grants, and $50 million in Title V Abstinence Education Grant Program funding included in pending welfare reform legislation. Source: Washington Times, March 24, 2003
Rape victims revictimized. Only 28% of Catholic hospitals, surveyed in 47 states and the District of Columbia, would consider providing the "morning after pill" to rape victims. Many set up up barriers before administering the drug, according to a survey commissioned by Catholics for a Free Choice. Source: Womensenews.org, Feb. 4, 2003
Religion gap. In 1992, three out of four "seculars" voted for Clinton, while religious conservatives chose Bush by 2 to 1. In 2000, secularists comprised about 16% of the white electorate, and backed Gore with two-thirds of their votes, according to an article by Profs. Louis Bolce and Gerald De Maio, of Baruch College, for Fall 2002 Public Interest.Source: The Weekly Standard, Jan. 8, 2003

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