Poll finds US atheists know more about religion than believers

And you can take the test.

As reported in yesterday's New York Times, The Pew Centre's Forum on Religion and Public Life has released the results of a 32-point religious quiz offered to a cross section of the American public.

One of the more novel findings is that avowed atheists fared best (20.9) , closely followed by Jews (20.5) and Mormons (20.3), with the various Christian denominations trailing behind.

Sadly there were insufficient Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist respondents to feature in the statistics.

Entertainingly, Pew have released a truncated quiz, which I recommend you give a go. Perhaps you could then post your percentage score, and religious affliation (if any). I may then update this article with a completely unscientific aggregation of the results.

My expectation (and hope) is that us Britons will fare a little better than our American cousins. As the man said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32).

Good luck!

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David Cameron calls Sadiq Khan a “proud Muslim” – after trying to link him to Islamic extremism

The PM has his best flipflops on.

After months of backing the nasty racial politics of the Tory mayoral campaign, the Prime Minister has taken the bold move of sharing a platform with infamous moderate Sadiq Khan on the EU Remain campaign trail. Quite a spectacular about-turn.

Compare and contrast, readers.

David Cameron, 20 April 2016

“If we are going to condemn not just violent extremism, but also the extremism that seeks to justify violence in any way, it is very important that we do not back these people, and we do not appear on platforms with them. And I have to say, I am concerned about Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London, who has appeared again and again and again . . . The Honourable Member for Tooting has appeared on a platform with him [imam Suliman Gani] nine times. This man supports IS.”

David Cameron, 30 May 2016

“Let me first of all congratulate Sadiq on his victory. He talked about his father. He’s the son of a bus driver. I’m the son of a stockbroker, which is not quite so romantic. But he makes an important point about our country. In one generation someone who’s a proud Muslim, a proud Brit and a proud Londoner can become mayor of the greatest city on Earth. That says something about our country. There are still glass ceilings we have got to smash. There’s still discrimination we have got to fight.”

What a difference a month makes, eh?

I'm a mole, innit.