Gordon Brown made honorary Hindu
Politicians will do anything to curry (aha!) favour, including becoming honorary Hindus, it seems. Two things about this strike me as strange… no wait, three:
First, since when can you become an honorary member of a religion? I mean, isn’t belief the whole point? I wonder if, as an honorary Hindu, the reincarnation privileges count? I mean, do you have to stop eating beef, or do you just eschew honorary beef?
Secondly, I really like the wording in the last paragraph: “Hindus are the second largest non-Christian religious group in the [UK].” What precisely was wrong with saying “Hindus are the third largest religious group in the UK”? I mean, do the christians get offended if you don’t keep reminding everyone they exist whenever you mention another religion?
And lastly, that got me looking at the census figures because I wanted to know what the largest non-Christian religious group is. According to the last census (well, second last but the 2007 one hasn’t been released yet), the demographics break down like this: Christianity: 71.6%, Islam: 3.1%, Hindu: 1.1%, Sikh: 0.7%, Jewish: 0.5%, and Buddhist: 0.3%, No Faith: 22.3%. What that says is sort of interesting, because if PM Brown is looking for the next best group to gain votes from (he’s already a christian so he’s got them covered), it should have been then atheists and agnostics! I would have loved to see that headline: “Gordon Brown becomes honorary agnostic. At least, some people say he did. But we can’t prove it”.
(tip of the hat to Salman)