53% children don’t know meaning of Easter and 25% think it’s celebrating Easter bunny’s birthday

Firstly happy Easter folks.

There’s been a slew of rather disheartening stats released relating to Easter.

The Daily Star has picked up on a poll conducted by the hotel chain Travelodge:

A QUARTER of children reckon Easter is about celebrating the Easter Bunny’s birthday.

53% do not know what Easter is, instead seeing it as just a chance to scoff chocolate.

The BBC note that ++Williams is expected to warn against downgrading religious education in schools in his Easter message. Frankly, if the above stats are to be accepted, it would seem that religious education in schools is already failing.

British Religion in Numbers have covered a YouGov poll that finds:

Spending time with family and friends is the most important part of Easter for 43% of Britons, followed by having a break from work (18%) and only thirdly the festival’s religious meaning (17%), with the exchanging of Easter eggs trailing at 2%.

79% of respondents had no plans to go to church over the Easter period, 16% thought they might (three-quarters of them on Easter Sunday), with 5% uncertain. It is likely that the good intentions of many of the 16% may well not translate into reality.

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11 comments on this post.
  1. Tim:

    Christos Anesti!

    (Has to edit this as it wouldn’t accept Greek letters, lol)

  2. Jane Chelliah:

    Happy Easter Stuart. I heard about this survey at church this morning and was rather shocked at the stats.

  3. Goy:

    In hoc signo vinces†

    “53% do not know what Easter is, instead seeing it as just a chance to scoff chocolate.”

    What happens next to a society that has only chocolate as a social glue and what future is there for the foolish men who built their nation on the devotion and consumption of chocolate.

    Christian faith and fortitude replaced by the gluttony and obesity of comfort eating – a nation of chocolate soldiers.

  4. Sue:

    I wonder if any adult church goers would have ticked the box saying that it was the Easter bunny’s birthday…:) To be fair, it is a bit confusing, kids are told that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday, with all the focus on the Easter Bunny, it might just be seen as the logical conclusion.

  5. Lisa Graas:

    I wonder how many children even have a Bible in the home, children’s version or otherwise, let alone are encouraged to read it.

  6. Simian:

    Erm… This was a poll by budget hotel Travelodge of just 5,000 people (presumably guests), and reported second hand by that goldmine of sensationalist misinformation, the Daily Star… Possibly not wholly representative of the UK population webmaster?… ;-)

    Actually, as a wholly atheist household Lisa I can re-assure you that we have more than one bible among our books, together with copies of the Holy books of the other major religions.

    I wonder if one did a poll of how many UK atheists had bibles in their homes what the result would be. I rather suspect that most would have one. I have always encouraged my children to participate in religious studies. To deny children a knowledge and understandng of ideas that have shaped our society is to my mind wrongheaded. (Where I draw the line is at indoctrination and religious prejudice, both of which we have all been subjected to at some stage.)

    So I do agree with your implication that more homes should have bibles, but maybe not f or the same reason!

  7. Tim:

    It’s fortunate that you don’t live in Tunisia Simian, lol.

  8. Simian:

    Wow. You’re right. That really is shocking Tim!
    But a few hundred years ago I would have suffered a similar fate or worse in Britain. I just hope that Islam matures as Christianity has done, and becomes a more benign force for good. Sadly I’m not sure it will. I find it extraordinary how easily its doctrines are subverted by governments and power crazed individuals, to become a tool for irrational and sadistic oppression.

  9. Tim:

    Not necessarily so Simian, in fact you’d probably have suffered a worse fate as an atheist in pre-Christian Ancient Greece.

    Islam will never mature. The koran forbids it so.

  10. Simian:

    I’m puzzled as to how I could have suffered a worse fate as an atheist in pre-Christian Ancient Greece Tim, but I think I get the gist of your comment.
    With regard to Islam, I predict that in 500 years time it will either have become benign (and the more extreme parts of the Koran will be interpreted in a less literal way, as they are now in the Christan Bible) or it will have gone the way of other religions that did not adapt to the times, and it will become largely irrelevant to the vast majority in previously Muslim countries.
    unfortunately I won’t be around to collect on my wager… :-)

  11. Tim:

    You do know that no-one is allowed to disagree with me don’t you? It’s my New Years resolution that I decided everyone else has to keep.