East Anglian sceptics
Cath Elliott has written a piece for the Guardian’s Comment is Free website about a Theos survey on faith and Darwin, which indicates that East Anglia is “full of atheists”.
So far from being the Sodom and Gomorrah that religious folk would no doubt have the godless east pegged as, according to the latest British Crime Survey (pdf), “The East of England region had the lowest rates of overall recorded crime and violence against the person and amongst the lowest rates of burglary and offences against vehicles.
This region also had significantly lower rates of BCS burglary, vehicle-related theft and violent crime, and risk of household crime than England and Wales overall.” London on the other hand, which has one of the highest percentages of religious believers, also has the highest crime rates in the country.
So, if you’re one those god-free East Anglians, how about joining us? Help us to raise the profile of Humanism and secularism, and help us ensure that there are no more faith schools in our region, and that a small minority of religious people don’t gain any more special privileges at public expense. Not only that, but you’ll find that we’re a lively, friendly bunch of law-abiding atheists. There’s no collective noun for us yet; maybe you can think of one? (Without being rude).