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The results of this survey don't surprise me too much, but given the intolerance between some religious and some atheist liberals, it's perhaps worth remarking on.  Although, as some of the comments to the Guardian article suggest, this may be specific to the UK and a few similar countries rather than a universal observation.

Date: 2012-04-08 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sidheag.livejournal.com
The Guardian headline utterly misreports this research (whose quality I haven't investigated, but I downloaded the original report here).

- That religious people are more likely than secular people to value equality over freedom (the only question asked about equality) surely says more about the incompatibility of freedom with religiosity than about how people value equality;

- The Guardian says "The report found that 55% of people with faith placed themselves on the left of politics, compared with 40% who placed themselves on the right" but it inexcusably doesn't point out that in every group examined in this report, people were more likely to place themselves on the left than on the right! The report actually says "In both Europe and the UK, seculars are the group most likely
to identify as left wing." See page 90 for Europe-wide figures showing this very clearly.

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