Read the headline:
Many Canadians don't believe in a god: poll
Oh dear, that's bad news for God. Or is it?
TORONTO -- Fewer than three-quarters of Canadians believe in a god, suggests a new Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey.
So how many fewer than 75%????
The poll found 72 per cent of respondents said they believed in a god, while 23 per cent said they did not believe in any god. Six per cent did not offer an opinion.
Oh, so 72% believe in a god, right that's way fewer than three-quarters. Do you see the deception here? Most people read only the title and the first paragraph or two. So what's the next paragraph?
"Religion in Canada today is not a particularly divisive subject and tolerance levels for different beliefs are high,'' said Harris-Decima president Bruce Anderson. "This is evident in the fact that one in four people feel comfortable saying they do not believe in a god.''
Tolerance levels are high and it's not divisive, and this is a BAD thing, that's what the title leads us to believe. So, 72% of us believe in a god, and we tolerate other opinions, so what's the problem?
At least one commenter understood the bias:
Why is this story written like more people than not believe in a god? It is quite clear that the majority of Canadians believe in a god. I would like to know what the question was that was asked.
Me too Bill! Why didn't the title say: 23% of Canadians are godless? Sad, biased reporting by CTV.
The best comment is this one:
Steve in Aylmer
I'd say most people hold God in the same light as police officers.
We curse them but who's the first person we call when someone's trying to break into our homes...the police...but damn them for doing their jobs when they give us traffic tickets.
It's the same with believing in God. When at any given moment you look for someone to help in your time of need...we look to God.
For example, God help my baby live through this terrible accident, God help my parents survive cancer.
The great thing about the word of God is even on your death bed...call unto him and he'll forgive you of your sins.
In your time of need, you will suddenly believe in God! Funny how that works.