Quotes from distinguished supporters

Make sure the Census reflects the facts. If you do not have a religion, say so, and avoid continuation of public policies based on vague cultural associations. Let your No mean No!

Professor A. C. Grayling

It is undesirable to believe things when there is no reason for supposing them true. It is undesirable to believe things only because you have heard them repeated since childhood. Anyone trying to live up to these principles should be proud to put “no religion” on the census form.

Professor Simon Blackburn

I shall tick ‘No religion’ because apart from being the truth, it will add to the numbers of the often neglected but sizeable number of British citizens who do not have a religion and who are neglected in all the policies and statements which concentrate exclusively on the faith communities.

Baronness Whitakar

I will be ticking the ‘no religion’ box because that is the truth – I have no religion, and while I respect others who do, I feel it is important that those of us who support secularism in our public institutions should voice our opinions.

Joan Ruddock MP

Like most people in this country, I want our society to be caring – but for reasons of humanity not of religious mythology.  It’s important for those of us who feel that way to tick the ‘No religion’ box, so that our voices are heard and count in future plans.

Professor John Sulston

If you are a vegetarian, do you say you eat meat? If you think just wars are OK, do you call yourself a pacifist?  If you have black hair do you describe yourself as blond? So why, if you do not go to church and do not believe in God, would you want to call yourself a Christian?

Diane Munday

Make your tick count! The Census includes an optional question about your religion and if you aren’t religious it’s easy to ignore. But don’t! Give one more tick to the growing number of Brits who have “no-religion”.

Susan Blackmore

Although I am Jewish by birth, I will be ticking the “No Religion” box on the Census form because I have not discovered any credible evidence that there is a God.  I am not in any way against religion except where it discriminates against women or homosexuals or members of other faiths or encourages intolerance, obstructs scientific advance or fails to oppose injustice.

Lord Joel Joffe

If you don’t believe that you will go to heaven because a man was tortured to death in the middle east a few thousand years ago, please don’t call yourself a Christian.  If you consider yourself spiritual, but don’t go to Church, be honest and tick the “no religion” box.

Dylan Evans

As a philosopher I set a high value on truth and honesty, so it annoys me intensely that people say “I suppose I’m a sort of Christian” when really they’re not.  I’m hoping desperately that people who are not religious will give an honest answer to the census question.

Richard Norman

Religions divide people: common sense can unite them.

Michael Irwin

Although Christened in the Church of Scotland, I could be called a Christian, I am in fact an atheist and that is what I should be called in the census.

Lord Howie of Troon

I shall tick ‘No religion’ because apart from being the truth, it will add to the numbers of this often neglected but sizeable number of British citizens who do not have a religion and who are neglected in all the policies and statements which concentrate exclusively on the faith communities.

Baroness Janet Whitaker

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