Don’t Believe It? Don’t Tick It! – The Campaign Continues

The 2011 National Census is over!

The bunting is down, the paper forms have been sent off, the online versions have been clicked on, and all of the campaigns urging people to tick the “No Religion” box have ended…..haven’t they?

Well, no! Although Atheism UK’s Don’t Believe It? Don’t Tick It Campaign, was initially inspired by the National Census it was always intended to have a wider purpose, just look at the opening lines of the campaign description:

Have you ever had a form to fill in, part of which asks “What is your religion?” Then, as a result of being asked that question, you tick the box marked “Christian” or “Church of England” or whatever, simply because you were once christened, or think that is simply what you should put, even if you don’t believe a word of it?

Many people have and still do.

This is the point we want to make. Many people still tick the “Christian” box when they aren’t actually Christian. Some people think that they have to call themselves Christian because of some of the reasons mentioned above. What we are trying to achieve with this campaign is to change attitudes. Get people to realise that they don’t have to call themselves Christians, or get to realise that they actually aren’t Christains and that it is OK not to have a religion. We would also encourage those that don’t have a religion and don’t believe in gods or supernatural powers that oversee their lives to come out and call themselves atheists.

So while surveys and questionnaires keep coming out and asking people what their religion is, and whilst non-believers keep ticking the Christian/Muslim/Jewish boxes, we at Atheism UK will keep urging people…

Don’t Believe it? Don’t Tick It!

Census Now Out: Don’t Believe it? Don’t Tick It!

The 2011 census forms have now started to be mailed out. In fact mine just arrived this morning. Although it is not due to be completed until 27th March, I am saying this in advance….

I know I live in a country that has an established Christian Church. I know that I was baptized into that church at the age of 5. I know that I live in a culture which sees itself as predominantly Christian. I do not believe in god, Jesus of the Holy Spirit. I do not believe they exist. I am NOT a Christian. I don’t believe it so I will NOT tick the Christian box. I am ticking “No Religion”. Please, if you don’t believe it then don’t tick despite any possible “cultural background”. Don’t believe it? Don’t tick it! Tick “No Religion” if you don’t believe. I think I’ve laboured the point enough!

Check out the Don’t Believe It?  Don’t Tick it! Campaign, and remember this applies to much much more than the census!