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In Britain, a question requiring a person's religious affiliation is removed from the upcoming national census

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There had been significant protests from non-conformist church members and clergy in Britain over the government's plans in the upcoming 1861 Census to require those being counted submit their religious affiliation.  This, it was said, went beyond the civil purposes of the count.  Under this pressure, the Liberal Government in Parliament removed that requirement from the the Census Bill.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"The Religious Census,"  The Rambler, Volume III New Series (London: Burns and Lambert, 1860), 416.