Monday, 20 August 2007

Religious fault line divides Europeans

The FT has carried out a poll and today extends their analysis of it is in a Religious fault line divides Europeans. There are quite a few points but the one I noticed, relevant to other arguments I have made on this blog is that there

is the differing status of religion in European societies. In France, and to a lesser extent Britain, religion is seen as a private affair. Less than a quarter of inhabitants of the two countries support the idea of faith schools, and many have misgivings about allowing religious attire in schools and workplaces. For more devout Muslims, this issue can cause concern.

Whilst one should always be wary of opinion polls and I have not analysed its statistical validity, it is worthwhile for the distinction made between countries in order to better understand the national versus international concerns.