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Author Topic: Terms for the UK Census  (Read 8919 times)
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« Reply #10: March 03, 2011, 08:22:42 am »

That's actually the first I heard of the 'Holistic' thing. What I've seen about the UK census so far was off of here.

In which, pretty much for the sake of statistics, are encouraging pagans to put down 'pagan.' So far, the oppositions I've seen is from those that object to the word pagan, preferring Heathen, or whatever. The other was from those that weren't comfortable revealing their personal religious beliefs without remaining anonymous.

Anyway, paganDASH seeks to solve the umbrella term issue by encouraging those 'x' "other religion, and put 'PAGAN-<your path here> in the census, ex. PAGAN-Druid(Wiccan, Heathen, Polytheist, e.t.c) I wouldn't mind for the sake of statistics. In the Republic of Ireland for example, the amount of pagans is just an assumed fraction of those that answered "other religion", "pantheist," or "not stating" in the 2006 census. As far as which is which, they look towards the active neo-pagan movements, mainly in Ireland Celtic Polytheism, Druidry, Wicca, and The Fellowship of Isis. Apparently there were around 10,000 registered Pagans in Australia's 2001 census, and after a kind of campaign similar to this, put the numbers to about 70,000! 

I'm going to do it anyway. Although there's a Tri-colour here by my name, I live in Northern Ireland. I'm not trying to make a political statement or anything, but since the U.K is a Sovereign State, and not a country, I like placing emphasis on my cultural affinity. Believe it or not, since I'm originally from the States, some of my friends have asked me, "I thought you lived in Ireland, and not England?" because it says Béal Feirste, UK on my Facebook.  Roll Eyes Some people actually do see the Union Jack, and only think of England, not knowing being "British" also means being Scottish, Irish,&Welsh.

Gah, I'd be late to my own funeral.

Thanks for the link, and the info. I was only a little 'un when the last census came round, so I'd not put much thought to it till now.

Normally, I wouldn't use the word Pagan without an attached explanation, but the census is statistics. I'll say it for the numbers.

Re: the Union Jack... Oh dear. It's difficult to ignore Scotland, Ireland and Wales but it can apparently be managed!

Life being short on laughs, I decided to wear a pentacle.

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