Christian Nation? Not so much

At the publication of the last census I made a prediction; that by 2021, the number of Australians who say they have no religion would be the plurality – the largest single group.

As it turns out, I was wrong; we are ahead of schedule.

(Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006, 2007, 2012, 2017a, 2017b, 2017c)

Last census, Tristan Cooke of Humans In Design tweeted to ask me what would this look like if we took his theory that the “not stated/inadequately described” group actually counted as atheists (Cooke and Nelson 2012), so let’s do this again:

(Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006, 2007, 2012, 2017a, 2017b, 2017c)

Opinion

So, we aren’t a “Christian” nation anymore; we are a nation with a number of religious groupings, with “none” being the largest single one now – outnumbering any single Christian branch

And yet we still have said Christians enforcing their version of marriage on the rest of us, not to mention the lovely presence of blasphemy laws that protect that faith (Beck 2017). I think it’s time for a change or two.

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