People who believe in God are more likely to be leftwing, according to a new study.

The research, carried out by think-tank Demos, rubbishes the assumption that faith groups tend to be more conservative.

Instead it argues that people with faith are more likely to take centre-left positions on issues including immigration and equality.

Jonathan Birdwell, author of the Finding Citizens report, writes: ‘The report presents two key findings.

‘First, religious people are more active citizens—they volunteer more, donate more to charity and are more likely to campaign on political issues.

‘Second, and more counter-intuitively, religious people are more likely to be politically progressive.

‘They put a greater value on equality than the non-religious, are more likely to be welcoming of immigrants as neighbours and when asked are more likely to put themselves on the left of the political spectrum.’

Based on its findings, the report recommends that politicians should work with faith groups on issues which they are engaged with, including immigration, women’s rights, international development, the environment and youth.

It also argues that faith groups will be key to any future, election-winning, coalition.

Mr Birdwell writes: ‘Many Britons continue to see faith as a moral refuge from the otherwise nihilistic, dog-eat-dog values of consumerist, capitalist democracies.

‘The arguments of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens only seemed to retrench people’s religious views, with many recoiling at the perceived arrogance and dogmatism of this so-called ‘militant’ atheism.’

The report, based on an analysis of the European Values Study, found that 55 per cent of people with faith consider themselves on the left of politics compared with 40 per cent on the right.

Forty one per cent of people who believe in a faith would place equality before freedom compared with just 36 per cent of those who are not religious.

However, religion among young people appears to be in decline with nearly two thirds of 18 to 24-year-olds claiming they do not believe in a religion compared with under one third of people aged 65 and over.

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  • KevinPhillipsBong

    Britons seem to exult in the moral supremacy of their dispossession more than any other people.  It’s like they’re playing King of the Mountain (or “Hill” depending where you’re from) atop their own collective funeral pyre.

  • WmarkW

    Bruce Bawer wrote about this in While Europe Slept, about creeping Muslim immigration.  Modern Europeans have little experience  with right-wing religion.  Their paradigm of a religious person is Mother Teresa, who sought to help the destitute and build bridges between cultures.  They had no experience with a religious ideology that sought to take over foreign lands and impose different laws.

  • dmxinc

    In Britain, not in the US.  Our biggest libs are definitely not Christian.  The abortion debate alone proves this point, but it extends to much of the rest of the debate also.

    • jeffaral

      The american churches are the main supporters of massive non- White immigration invasion.

      • crystal evans

        Because they see these immigrants as a mission field for more converts.

        • The_Bobster

          The Lutheran and RC churches bring them in even though there’s no hope of converting them (think Somoolie muzzies). It’s all about the money.

      • Kent Wilson

        Oh BS. For every Christian that supports open borders I can find you a Non-Christian who also supports it. Quit trying to pin this crap on Christians.  Your fundamental mistake is that you confuse historical, orthodox Christianity with Christoliberanity. Christoliberanity is Christianity corrupted by Liberalism. The same Liberalism that affects most secular institutions by the way.

        • bluffcreek1967

          Good point! Most Evangelical Christian churches would not support mass illegal immigration – especially those of the more Reformed or Calvinistic congregations which are still deeply politically conservative. Modern-day liberal Christianity is far removed both theologically and politically from historic, orthodox Christianity.

          • jeffaral

            Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, George Bush, Ron Reagan, Rick Santorum – this list could go on for miles – are all supporters of mass immigration and legalizing illegals. they are all staunch christian cons.

          • bluffcreek1967

            Yes, it’s true some conservative, Bible-believing Christians would support mass illegal immigration, but the majority probably don’t. By the way, the politicians you mentioned were not the kinds of Christians I was referring to. Romney is a Mormon and it’s theology deviates greatly from historic, orthodox Christianity. Gingrich and Santorum are Roman Catholics, not Evangelical Christians which, for the most part, is Protestant. Bush and Reagan were very much nominal Christians from what I have discovered over the years. In the case of Reagan (fine gentleman that he was though), he generally alligned with Evangelicals to get their vote. It wasn’t necessarily because he himself was personally devout nor deeply committed to historic Christian theology.

  • Boereseun

    Nothing wrong with wanting fairness and equality among your own ethnic group, as you have a common bond with them, a kinship as it were. In fact it encourages expansion, greater economic activity and a stable legal system by working together. Try to expand this to other cultures and ethnic groups and you have a recipe for disaster. In simple terms, they are not your kinsmen and have not the will or the inclination to help you or your community and nation. They will merely take advantage of it.

    Britain is a perfect example of this, no matter how much the political elite encourage the newly arrived immigrants with trinkets, council homes, all the Apple igadgets they can dream of and a play-station to boot, they simply will not abide by the code that the average Briton (read whites) abides by. They do perform their job of using welfare and out breeding the local Briton outstandingly well though.

    It’s the paradox of our time. The understanding of when fairness and equality that is given out like candy actually results in the utter destruction of both these ideals. All good things in moderation, else they turn bad.

  • loyalwhitebriton

    British Christians, these days, lean to the left, politically speaking, only because they have been indoctrinated by several decades of the Marxist inspired ‘Social Doctrine’; Christian theology interpreted through man-made socialist philosophy as opposed to, more correctly, ‘solar scriptura’.
    I’m a Christian, and people at my own church talk about such things as redistributing wealth, multiculturalism as some kind of universal church, ‘fair trade’, and other things left-wing which are taken as aritcles of faith. Cultural marxism is like ghost; it can slide in unnoticed, and it wraps itself around the false flags of ‘social justice’ and ‘equality’. It’s pure poison.

  • JohnEngelman

    I have read the Bible from cover to cover including the Apocrypha several times in various English translations. Verses recommending concern for the poor greatly outnumber verses condemning homosexuals. 
     
    The writing prophets claimed that one of the reasons the empire of David declined and fell was that God was angry about what the rich were doing to the poor. 
     
    There are a few passages in the book of Proverbs that claim that wealth is the reward for righteousness. That belief is absent from the New Testament.  

    • loyalwhitebriton

      “..wealth is the reward for righteousness. That belief is absent from the New Testament”

      Not necessarily. ‘Parable of The Talents’, Mathew 25, indicates that it’s OK to invest money, even with bankers, and return a 100% profit.
      It’s not money that’s evil, it’s the love of money. Money is just a tool.

  • jeffaral

    Nothing new there.  Karl Marx was a rabbi’s son deeply embedded into the teachings of the Old Testament.   Most of the time Christianity and Marxism overlap.

  • crystal evans

    The difference between British Christians and the US Christians is that the US Christians want social issues decided by the Bible and not by the rule of man. They want to ban birth control because some forms of it kill zygotes. They want to ban abortions and force women to carry babies to term that they do not want because many feel that it is women’s place to be barefoot and pregnant. As far as they are concerned, gays should stay in their closets and racial minorities should stay in their places. Reminds me of times past.

    • bluffcreek1967

      Crystal, with all due respect, this is quite an exaggeration of what most Christians believe and want.

  • “Forty one per cent of people who believe in a faith would place equality before freedom compared with just 36 per cent of those who are not religious.”

    Equality before freedom?  Any true believing Christian knows that ALL souls are equal in the eyes of God, regardless of social class.  And, any moral person knows that more freedom leads to more equality, but to enforce equality takes away freedom. 

  • ageofknowledge

    Not the ones I know. They are all about responsibility, ethics, and the proper application of justice. Sure they love but they aren’t codependent.

  • Kent Wilson

     I would say that this study is highly subjective. I am not surprised that many so called “Christians” in Britain hold these views. Britain has been in a Post-Christian era for 75+ years now. And most of those that still label themselves as Christian are in fact thoroughly corrupted by Liberalism. Where I live here in the United States you can still find many Christians who are racially aware and don’t embrace Liberalism of any form.

  • Bostonbay119332

    yea its called 50 years of brainwash by the media

  • Nope, not buying it. I am beginning to conclude that no study done in the UK can be taken at face-value, because of the fear of sanction for being honest and the incredibly deceptive behavior of any authority or institution, Crown or otherwise.

    For instance, what is a “Briton” according to the study? Does it exclude Blacks? Greeks? Polaks? Russians? Irish? How many of the professing Christians in the UK are themselves immigrants, or come from recent immigrant parents? How many don’t even consider themselves British, or in regards to the Irish perhaps even have a hostility towards the very notion of British-ness?

    For those who want to draw conclusions from this, remember something: this study was in regards to the UK. Drawing conclusions about Christians generally from a study including only the population of the UK is like drawing conclusions about all Russians by living amongst and studying the behavior of the men in one of their conscripted foot-infantry platoons.

    P.S.: It would also be appropriate to ask how many Ulstermen were included in this study, if any.

    • DelmarJackson

      good reply!

  • No

    We’ve reached a point in our national conversation where a person described as an  “Englishman” or “Parisian” can no longer be assumed to be white.

    Likewise, the modern Christian can no longer be assumed to be pro-white.

    On the other hand . . . there are still white Englishment, white Parisians and pro-white Christians.  They just need to be carefully sorted out from the rest.

    Our task is to not dismiss ALL the Christians any more than we would dismiss ALL the Englishmen.

    It’s a strange new world and we need to adapt to its divisions and overcome them.

  • Spartan24708

    While the church I attend would never invite a Muslim cleric they have decided to sponsor a number of African immigrants. They are relatively well behaved and fairly happy to be here but I can tell the pastor is becoming irritated by the immigrants spending habits. He told them to knock off buying expensive clothes and shoes when they are being supported by public funds. I also know when he started sponsoring this group about 7 years ago the church went through a split. I’m hoping that in a few years the Africans will go their own way.

    • bluffcreek1967

      Sounds to me like your well-meaning but naive pastor got himself in over his head.

  • saxonsun

    And women have every right to decide for themselves what to do with their lives and bodies. And gay people ARE people. You decide for yourself. We also have that right.

    • The_Bobster

      Yes, people with a mental disorder.

  • saxonsun

    The beginning, middle  and end of the so-called abortion “debate” is this: by not allowing women to do what  they want with what is inside of their bodies, you  turn them into glorified incubators. If they  are that, they are not fully human, but instead owned by men. No sane woman will agree to that death.

    • Boereseun

      No, it merely means that women should do the responsible thing. How else do you explain that men have no choice but must, by pain of jail, provide for their children without recourse? What are you saying, that men are nothing but walking wallets? No sane man will agree to that death.

  • The_Bobster

    As far as they are concerned, gays should stay in their closets and racial minorities should stay in their places. Reminds me of times past.”
    _____________

    Ah, the good old days.