‘Religious right in Britain a myth'1 February 2013
The assumption in certain sections of the media that an American-style religious right is forming in Britain is untrue, according to new research.
According to a new report from Theos, the religious think-tank, while Christians may have socially conservative views on gay marriage and abortion, they are on the whole "economically left-wing".
This is particularly the case for Catholics who, according to British Election Survey data, are more likely to be Labour voters.
In Is there a ‘Religious Right' emerging in Britain? Theos points to television programmes such as a Channel 4 Dispatches programme in 2008 that claimed "Britain's hardline Christians are mounting fierce campaigns around a range of issues", and newspaper reports arguing that Britain is seeing the emergence of a religious right.
But the report found that characteristics of the religious right in America including being anti-evolution, pro-Israel, pro-military intervention and anti-big government are not present among British Christians.
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