The Seven Deadly Sins — anger, gluttony, sloth, envy, pride, lust and greed — are out of date and should include cruelty, adultery and bigotry, the results of an opinion poll suggest.
Greed is the only one of the seven that should remain a sin in today’s Britain, according to the poll by the MORI organisation for BBC television’s "Heaven and Earth" programme.
Cruelty was ranked the worst sin by 39 percent of respondents, followed by adultery (11 percent), bigotry (eight percent), dishonesty (seven percent), hypocrisy (six percent), greed (six percent) and selfishness (five percent).
"Attitudes towards sin have changed. We’re less concerned with the seven deadly sins and more concerned with actions that hurt others," said Ross Kelly, presenter of "Heaven and Earth", a religion and ethics programme.
Of the 1,001 adults interviewed, only nine percent said they had not committed any of the sins.
Seventy-nine percent said they were guilty of anger — while 41 percent of men and 26 percent of women said lust was the sin they "most enjoy committing". [Source]
Wow nine percent ready to be canonized in England. Though you would think that those nine percent would at least be guilty of pride for saying such a thing. They also don’t seem to understand that there added deadly sins are really subsets of the seven capital sins. Lust being disordered sexual desire, such as desiring sex with a person one is not married to is the sin of adultery. Bigotry can come under pride which as Dante defined is Dante’s "love of self perverted to hatred and contempt for one’s neighbor." Cruelty is a subset of wrath (anger) with the inappropriate (unrighteous) feelings of hatred, revenge or even denial, as well as punitive desires outside of justice.
"Attitudes towards sin have changed. We’re less concerned with the seven deadly sins and more concerned with actions that hurt others." This statement is not surprising with the loss of sin in society where interior dispositions are divorced from actions. They seem to make the correct connections when it comes to hate crimes, but fail to make the same connections when it comes to other actions. The seven deadly sins do indeed lead to actions that hurt others. The sins they want to tack on are mostly the physically manifestation of what has already occurred interiorly in the will.
*Wikipedia has a good page on the seven Deadly Sins in which I took some of the definitions.
Update: Mouse and Keys adds some good commentary for this same article.