And the survey says… no.
The Swindon Advertiser published an article quoting a UK study that looked at whether people agreed or disagreed with the statement “all morals are grounded in religious teachings”.
Given the poor record of organised religion around the world in maintaining its own moral standards, and the fact that the majority of people in Britain are not religious, it comes as no surprise that the survey of 21,000 people came to the conclusion that no, we don’t.
According to the interpretation put on the results by the organisers of the survey, Swindon comes out more skeptical that the average aross Britain, where 34 per cent of people agreed with the statement, 32 per cent disagreed and the rest were undecided.
If anything the surprising thing is probably that so many people thought that morals *are* grounded in religious teachings. According to publisher UnHerd, around one in four Swindon residents hold such views. Religious texts are an unreliable and inconsistent measure of morality by any standard, at best reflecting selected views of the prevailing morality at the time they were written.
It’s another pointer to the fact that religious privilege in Britain has to come to an end. The religious establishment and its leaders have no special skills, knowledge or insight that justify their undue levels of influence in government, schools and other aspects of British life.