Agnosticism in the UK: It's Time to Listen to the Faithless Majority

05/01/2012 22:23 GMT | Updated 06/03/2012 10:12 GMT

When I need time and space to think I like to go to church. Not because I have a deep held religious belief, it's just the only place I can guarantee will always be empty.

That was a cheap shot, but then I read that David Cameron has been claiming, "We are a Christian country and we should not be afraid to say so."

The latest British Social Attitudes Survey has revealed that 50% of British people consider themselves to have "No Religion."

The number of people who describe themselves as religious has been falling and of those who do, many stated that they never attend a place of worship.

The idea that we're a Christian nation is based around poorly gathered data, a vocal minority and an erroneous perception that our entire culture is the result of besandaled Jew 2000 years ago.

This assumption has informed debate on the Lords' Spiritual role in the House of Lords, abortion, sex education, faith education and blasphemy.

The increasing amount of faith schools is in direct contradiction to the falling level of religiosity. All state schools are still obliged to have a "collective act of worship" which is "wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character". That's despite only 44% of British people describing themselves as Christian, according to the BSA Survey.

With only 20% of respondents saying they are Anglican, the Church of England should be done under the trade descriptions act.

We now have a chance to ignore what celibates have to say about sex, marriage and homosexuality. We have a chance to acknowledge that this country's cultural history and identity is not solely built upon Christianity. Most importantly we have a chance to place reason over blind faith.

On a lighter note we should consider the implications of the growing numbers of faithless Britons. For a start the BNP and English Defense League can stand down from 'protecting the Christian majority.'

The national anthem needs rewording, as God Save Our Queen seems simply disingenuous. Rather than swearing on a Bible in court we can chose our own sacred text - I'd chose a battered VHS copy of Star Wars.

Most importantly, when some sanctimonious Vicar comes on the telly to lecture us about the 'true meaning' of the festive season we can remind ourselves that the majority of British people couldn't give a flying Christmas fig about it.