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  • By Shalailah Medhora

    A project to get atheists to tick the “no religion” box in the upcoming census has faced a backlash from anti-Islam campaigners, who say that it would ensure Islam becomes Australia’s […]

    • The anti-islam buch have simply failed at reading comprehension.
      They’ve taken “Mark No Religion” to mean don’t mark in the “Religion” question, when it really means mark the “No Religion” option. Idiots.

    • Why doesn’t the general public ever want to actually hear the truth? Block the truth at all costs… WTF?

    • It probably has to do with the pecking order. If a revelation changes the playing field, then some will stand to win, some to lose, and the rest left living with uncertainty. Now your math is probably better than mine, but I believe that works out to more people with something to lose than gain.

    • Sean_W,
      I am sure that you are right. But some of these issues seem so paltry, i mean, so matter of fact that… who gives a crap? But, then, I guess I just answered my own question.

    • @OP link- “Though I am an atheist, I’ll be putting down the religion I was born into. I won’t be letting Islam take the upper hand. This is really important,” another woman wrote.

      Clearly still a delusionist even if the religious upbringing has been shaken off!

      I can see the groupings have a propaganda effect,

      In 2011, just over 476,000 people (2.4 per cent of the population) identified their religion as Islam, making it the 7th most popular in Australia.

      The biggest religious group is Western Catholic (27.4 per cent) followed by No Religion (23.9 per cent). But only 3 percent, or just under 59,000 people, identified specifically as atheists.

      There are probably sensationalist journalists also involved in promoting this Islamophobic message, in addition to those trying to inflate Christian religious figures to mislead politicians about the size of the religious vote!

    • First of all I agree with Pinball [#6] – what difference does it make if Australia’s largest religion is suddenly Muslims? It might make people think … oh, wait …

      Also, I presume that Muslims being recorded as the largest religion would only be possible if the majority of the* country identified as not religious?

      Finally, crookedshoes [#2] makes an excellent point: The agenda of the Australian Government and the Atheists are aligned, to get to the truth. Anyone asking you to fill in a form inaccurately is asking you to commit a fraud on your fellow citizens.

      Peace.

    • crookedshoes

      Sean_W, I am sure that you are right.

      Of course I am. Anyway, I was just giving a rule of thumb about understanding denial in general.

      It’s good to see you back. I haven’t seen you around since our sometimes heated argument over Greenpeace and the Russians. -cheers- đŸ™‚

    • Really want the politicians to know just how many of us are out there. Hope this change makes a difference.

    • Fudging the census would not change the reality of whether Islam was the #1 religion or not.

    • what difference does it make if Australia’s largest religion is suddenly Muslims?

      Appalling and dangerous ignorance. Then Australia would be an Islamic state, likely with sharia
      and its inhuman rules and punishments and Australians would be faced with a choice–

      Convert to Islam
      If Jews or Christians [people of the Book], live as dhimmis, pay the jizya ‘with willing submission and feel themselves humiliated’
      For the remainder, death as infidels.

      THIS is how Islam rolls- do you fancy that life??

    • JimJFox #11
      Aug 2, 2016 at 4:51 am

      what difference does it make if Australia’s largest religion is suddenly Muslims?

      Appalling and dangerous ignorance. Then Australia would be an Islamic state, likely with sharia

      Let’s not get carried away with sensationalist journalism.

      The previous figures show @#5 (2.4 per cent of the population) identified their religion as Islam, making it the 7th most popular in Australia.

      The biggest religious group is Western Catholic (27.4 per cent) followed by No Religion (23.9 per cent)

      If the “nones” group expands, and the other religions shrink down to 2% each, and EVEN IF the then largest Islamic group doubles to 5%, that would still still be 5% as a minority to the other 95%.
      Hardly in a position to dominate and impose Sharia!

    • I think the Christians are just trying to use Islam as the bogey man. In reality they are running scared, I think it’s quite obvious who the biggest group might be soon.

    • We’ve been in training for 5 years now. The Australian National No Religion Team is looking forward to the Grand Final next Tuesday night. Last Census, we came a close second to the Catholics, but we think we’re in with a good chance of overturning this result, and winning the Flag. We’ve still got a long way to go though if we are going to challenge the World Cup holders, Iceland.

      https://www.rt.com/news/329107-iceland-poll-religion-god/

    • @JimJFox

      what difference does it make if Australia’s largest religion is suddenly Muslims?
      Appalling and dangerous ignorance.

      You’re missing the point I fear, I want people to be honest on the census so we know exactly what the make up of our country is. Changing you vote on the census won’t change how many Muslims there are or not in this country it just changes how many people we know there are of each faith. At the moment often the non-religious are inflicted with the views of the religious because the politicians don’t see us as a vote that are likely to vote for secular values. How does it help anything to lie about our beliefs and pretend to be Christian when we are not? If Muslims out vote us because there are more of them than us then we’d better bloody well hope that by then we have convinced the vast majority of them of the value of separation of church and state, if we don’t manage that then we would be in the situation you suggest pretending that we are what we are not will not change the facts on the ground just fail to alert anyone of the real facts.

    • Surely the problem lies in the question itself. Your religion can often be confused with your culture, so why not ask which religion do you currently believe in?