Canadians turning away from organized religion

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A new national study shows that while Canada remains overwhelmingly Christian, Canadians are turning their backs on organized religion in ever greater numbers.


Results from the 2011 National Household Survey show that more than two-thirds of Canadians, or some 22 million people, said they were affiliated with a Christian denomination.

At 12.7 million, Roman Catholics were the largest single Christian group, representing 38 percent of Canadians; the second largest was the United Church, representing about 6 percent; while Anglicans were third, representing about 5 percent of the population.

Observers noted that among the survey’s most striking findings is that one in four Canadians, or 7.8 million people, reported they had no religious affiliation at all. That was up sharply from 16.5 percent from the 2001 census, and 12 percent in 1991.

Written By: Ron Csillag
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    • Ignorance is bliss;-). jcw
      In reply to #1 by stuhillman:

      Who cares what the citizens of the most boring country on the planet think about anything? On second thoughts, perhaps Norway is the most boring? Never mind either way.

      • Damn right. But I did live there for one year and drove to California as soon as the roads opened up.

        In reply to #3 by kaiserkriss:

        Ignorance is bliss;-). jcw
        In reply to #1 by stuhillman:

        Who cares what the citizens of the most boring country on the planet think about anything? On second thoughts, perhaps Norway is the most boring? Never mind either way.

    • In reply to #1 by stuhillman:

      Who cares what the citizens of the most boring country on the planet think about anything? On second thoughts, perhaps Norway is the most boring? Never mind either way.

      The citizens of those countries?

    • In reply to #1 by stuhillman:

      Who cares what the citizens of the most boring country on the planet think about anything? On second thoughts, perhaps Norway is the most boring? Never mind either way.

      I assume you hail from a land of exciting assholes.

      • Don’t know about that but I spent one interminable winter in Calgary, Alberta. A town that even the locals called, “the biggest one-horse town in the world.” Then I drove to the land of fruits and nuts (CA) but at least it didn’t freeze my ass off. Lighten up Guys!

        In reply to #6 by Capt. Bloodeye:

        In reply to #1 by stuhillman:

        Who cares what the citizens of the most boring country on the planet think about anything? On second thoughts, perhaps Norway is the most boring? Never mind either way.

        I assume you hail from a land of exciting assholes.

  1. It’s a shame they don’t list how many of us selected ‘Jedi’ as our religion on the pre-2010 Census.

    Funnily enough I find the contrast between religious expression in Canada and that in the U.S. quite glaring, considering our proximity and history. Only twice have I had dinner at a friend’s house where they said grace. I have friends who are religious, but while we might discuss the topic occasionally, it is never as in your face as in the U.S. (ie. publicly proclaimed*, billboards, our politician’s rarely discuss it, etc.). I’ve even polled high school biology students, and at best only 1 or 2 in a class admit that they don’t believe in evolution (and in most cases that is before they have covered the topic).

    *Actually when I was in high school, they did have the lord’s prayer after our national anthem (the law has since changed), but most of us ignored it as just some meaningless babble.

  2. “Good news” like this is always squelched by the knowledge that publicly funded “separate” schools are allowed to exist in Ontario, exclusively for Catholics. If I was a resident of Ontario and lived across the street from a Catholic school, my elementary school-aged kid would have to be bussed to a non-Catholic school (if it was that far away), unless we were willing to convert. My son is now finishing his teaching degree to teach high school physics, and he will be ineligible to apply for 33% of public, English teaching jobs in Ontario, ONLY because he isn’t Catholic! These are jobs funded by the Ontario taxpayer, btw. The province claims that 33% of Ontario taxpayers ARE Catholic so it’s OK, but I think the point is being missed here. It blows my mind that the other 66% of Ontarians put up with this bullsh*t. On this point, the Canadian constitution is a throwback to the dark ages: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separate_school

    So much for progressiveness in Canada.

    • In reply to #7 by ShesTheBeth:

      “Good news” like this is always squelched by the knowledge that publicly funded “separate” schools are allowed to exist in Ontario, exclusively for Catholics. If I was a resident of Ontario and lived across the street from a Catholic school, my elementary school-aged kid would have to be bussed to…

      It’s the same for Alberta.

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      I think my comment was completely ON topic. That I was part of the statistic that this article was talking about. To remove the whole comment because of a sidebar I made to another commenter shows a complete lack of intelligence of the moderators. I have no doubt that this comment will also be removed.

  3. Catholics, especially Catholics in Quebec, have been the biggest losers. Quebec was once a quasi-theocracy and now is the most secular part of Canada.

    I don’t think I know anyone who attends church, other than perhaps a Christmas carol service. Attendance is probably a better measure of the decline of religion. Another measure would be aggregate church revenue, or total religious tax deductions.

    Some of the reasons for the decline have nothing to do with belief in god. They have to do with the waning appeal of invariant church service entertainments.

    The Catholic services I attended were terminally boring and uncomfortable. Everything is recited in an irritating sing-song voice I could not make sense of. I can’t imagine anyone attending out of anything other than duty.

    The Presbyterian services were dour. The minister verbally flogged the old ladies in the aged congregation for the most minor sins. The old dears seemed to get a wicked charge out of it.

    Anglicans (aka Church of England, Episcopalian) services were were like comfy old chairs. It is very hard not to fall asleep.

    The MCC baptists were by far the most fun. They had lively music from an era circa 1900 that made you want to burst out in song, and at least wriggle.

    The Salvation Army has corny, syrupy, but not that unpleasant, music vaguely from the 20th century. Everything smells of Walmart, clearly aimed at the lower economic classes. There is naturally quite a bit of emphasis on alcohol and drug abuse. Sermons are as if composed by Ann Landers. However, there is a very strong community feel, comparable to what you find in black churches. There is a fair emphasis on joining the “military” arm of the Salvation Army with military titles, uniforms, assignments, and spartan life style.

    JWs meet in a “Kingdom Hall” a like a basketball court. At the beginning of the service, the congregation get to stand up and testify, in the case when I attended, to the wickedness of gay people and how tolerating them causes earthquakes and every other imaginable earthy ill. They are extremely hierarchical always deferring to local authority. Watching an intelligent JW jump through mental hoops to apologise for their preposterous doctrines is an amazing circus act to behold. Anyone who so much as questions any doctrine is ostracised from the community. Even their immediate family are forced to avoid all communication. This strongly encourages public conformity. This is an evil tactic.

    Islam is more like a low-impact exercise class. Everyone is crammed together elbows touching. The octogenarians go up, down, prostrate, stand … lithe as salamanders. My back could not handle it. There are recited invariant prayers in Arabic, without any sermon. The interesting part is after the service is over, interested people can discuss Islam or ask questions. The first time I did this, I discovered I had been talking with the imam, but did not know he had any special status. He had no special clothes, no title, and no smell of authority. He just seems unusually well-informed and opinionated. They told me the imam is just the person in the congregation considered most informed. It is not a title like “bishop”. They were quite adamant their flavour of Islam did not recognise any sort of clergy, though obviously there were people whose job it was to manage the physical mosque.

    Black churches are a hoot. Gospel Music is probably the best recruiting tool the Christian have. It is just so much fun to clap, sing and feel joyous.

    The megachurches in the USA are all about how to get rich through tithing, mental attitude etc, hardly what I would call traditional Christian values. They are doing far better than the other churches. They stay on purpose, namely conning people out of money.

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