I obviously think it does. We have near-consensus on “moral” issues like abortion, because all of the political parties stifle any healthy debate – and are defined by their religion-based policy postures.
Meanwhile fundamentalist religious groups lobby and cajole the local political parties.
Yet polling indicates that non-voters tend to be much more socially liberal. Non-voters are more likely, for example, to want to see the 1967 Abortion Act extended to Northern Ireland.
So, if you’d like to hear my perspectives on secularism, fundamentalism and flat-earth creationism be sure to watch The Issue, UTV at 11.05 this evening.