According to a ScotCen survey, there has been a dramatic spike in the abandonment of organised religion by Scots in the last two years. I’ll leave you to ponder and, if you like, suggest why. See the graph above for the details:
It’s kind of interesting that this should emerge as the Old Testament-quoting but relatively tame DUP gain influence at Westminster and as we witness with horror the spread of terror supposedly inspired by religion, in Manchester and London.
I must be clear at the outset that I respect the rights of individuals to hold a faith and that I do not blame them for the actions of clearly disturbed self-identifying co-religionists. Stop invading and bombing the Arabs! I know that there are a lot of good people in the Scottish churches and mosques. I just happen to follow the wisdom of ideas taken from socialism, anarchism, Marx (Groucho), the Dude in the Big Lebowski, Frankie Boyle, the Proclaimers and Kurt Vonnegut – so it goes.
These results confirm that Scotland is the place where most don’t follow a religion. Makes me proud that. You’ll no doubt guess that the most sort of religious place in the UK is just across the water in Northern Ireland with nearly 90% identifying with a faith.
Confusingly, this survey by Unilad also in 2016 offer these results but we’re still top:
Here’s each region’s percentage of identifying as having ‘no religion’:
Scotland – 36.7 per cent
Wales – 32.1 per cent
South West – 29.3 per cent
East of England – 27.9 per cent
South East – 27.7 per cent
East Midlands – 27.5 per cent
Yorkshire and the Humber – 25.9 per cent
North East – 23.4 per cent
West Midlands – 22.0 per cent
London – 20.7 per cent
North West – 19.8 per cent
Northern Ireland – 10.1 per cent
Finally, out of interest, here’s a 2010 graphic for the whole of Europe. We’re in good company?
Just in passing, I doubt the Irish figure is so high now.