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Christianity in the UK

"Christianity in the UK: The Newest Minority Religion"

From 1900 to 2020, UK membership of Christian churches fell from 33% to 9%. Although many Christians are not formal members, between 1989 and 2005, one third of all Christians in England stopped going to church on Sundays, leaving only 6% of the total population doing so. A 2007 poll found that Christians were the most inactive of all religious adherents. Between 1960 and 1985 the Church of England halved in size and from then to year 2000, 40% of their remaining flock stopped describing themselves as members. At some point since the 1930s, most Brits stopped believing in Christianity and at some point between the 1990s and 2011, most Brits stopped calling themselves Christian, except on the occasional official document where they think it's the "right answer".

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Current UK animal welfare petitions

Take action to end factory farming and reduce meat and dairy consumption - https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/330298 . Deadline 2021 Feb 03.

Stop Forestry England granting licenses for Fox & Hare hunts - https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/552017 . Deadline 2021 Apr 06.

Protect the UK's dwindling hedgehog population before it's too late - https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/550379 . Deadline 2021 Apr 01.

Include animal charities in emergency funding due to the coronavirus pandemic - https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/314968 . Deadline 2020 Dec 09.

Limit the Sale and Use of Fireworks to Organisers of Licensed Displays Only - https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/319891 . Deadline 2021 Jan 21.

Ban the exploitative import of young puppies for sale in the UK - https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/326261 . Deadline 2020 Dec 27.

Extend "rule of six" to ensure that hunting and shooting are banned - https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/551212 . Deadline 2021 Mar 18.

Stop culling immediately and start widespread vaccination of badgers now - https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/310307 . Deadline 2020 Nov 06.

Create a single database of microchipped cats and dogs & make scanning mandatory - https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/551556 . Deadline 2021 Apr 12.

Change outdated laws to prevent forest felling when baby animals are in nests - https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/328537 . Deadline 2021 Feb 05.
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Life Expectancy

A new page! We are all slowly living longer and healthier lives; with the exceptions of a few countries with social and health issues (USA), and the AIDS epidemic in Africa which provided a decade-long setback, trends are towards ever-increasing longevity.

"Life Expectancy and Longevity"

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Spiritualism

Famous for its seances and mediums, Spiritualism has declined since the 1920s, especially since the original founders admitting making it up. "Spiritualism"

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Which Countries are Most Modern, With the Best Education and Internet Access?

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Which are the Best Countries and Regions for Human Rights, Equality and Tolerance?

A new page! A comparison of international statistics grouped by nation and region. Part of the Social and Moral Development Index. "Which are the Best Countries for Human Rights, Equality and Tolerance?"

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National and Regional Comparisons of Public Health

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UK Health Stats

"The United Kingdom Suffers as a Result of Poor National Health".

The UK's National Security Risk Assessment output classes the state of the UK public health as a Tier 1 national risk, the most potent of the three categories. It's a well-known and high-profile issue; half of all science stories in the UK media are medical2 although many of the claims made are dubious.The UK does relatively well in encouraging good health, compared to many other countries. The UK comes in the best 20 for its food aid and health contributions and WHO compliance3 and in number of organ donors. It does better than average in terms of its suicide rate, its adolescent birth rate (but bad for Europe) and in its immunizations take-up. The UK does not succeed in everything, however. It does worse than average for its smoking rate (yet still one of the best in Europe), the prevalence of overweight adults (one of the highest in Europe) and in its alcohol consumption rate. The number of overweight adults has increased by 14% over the past 40 years.
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Buddhism, Extremism and Violence

Buddhism, of all the major world religions, has the greatest record for peace and good morality. Compared with popular world religions, Buddhism is calm both in theory and in practice. Nonetheless, various forms of Buddhism at various times have been instruments of war, violence and intolerance and "was in fact the inspiration behind many of the martial arts of China and Japan" during their violent expansionist periods. Buddhist sects have argued and fought over doctrine, over populations and methods, over pride and national independence. These aren't just historical issues. Countries such as Burma and Laos have a pro-Buddhist bias in their legal systems, leading to prejudice, social intolerance and inequality. In Burma, Sri Lanka and Thailand the majority of the populace are Theravada Buddhist, but all are notable as places where Buddhist-inspired violence has prevailed over Buddhist-inspired peace.

Page in full: Buddhist Extremism.

I did actually put this page up last year, but I've never announced it on LiveJournal, so here it is.