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"Jedi" Religion Most Popular Alternative Faith In England

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the believe-or-believe-not dept.

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Census numbers show that 176,632 people in England and Wales ask themselves, "What would Yoda do?" Although the number of people who list their religion as "Jedi" has dropped by more than 50% in the past 10 years, It remains the most popular "alternative" faith in England. From the article: "The new figures reveal that the lightsabre-wielding disciples are only behind Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism in the popularity stakes, excluding non-religious people and people who did not answer."

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Survey with "Jedi" option available (5, Insightful)

Artea (2527062) | about a year and a half ago | (#42269745)

Regardless of your actual faith, why wouldn't you choose this option?

Re:Survey with "Jedi" option available (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42269761)

Because I subscribe to emacs!

Re:Survey with "Jedi" option available (5, Funny)

narcc (412956) | about a year and a half ago | (#42269867)

emacs? Really? Why not just go full-tween and call yourself a wiccan?

vi will still be here when you've out-grown that phase.

We'll be praying for you.

Re:Survey with "Jedi" option available (4, Insightful)

Phrogman (80473) | about a year and a half ago | (#42269985)

As someone who has been at least nominally Wiccan for the past 30 years, I suspect your only exposure to Wiccans has been the teenage angst-filled dressed like a goth crowd. There are others out there who don't fill the stereotype who are otherwise normal people. We blend in.

Just sayin'

Well (2, Funny)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270065)

Mass murderers, child molesters and republicans also blend in.

Just sayin'

Re:Well (2, Funny)

davester666 (731373) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270087)

Why list republicans? They are just a subset of the first two groups...

TIL (2)

FatLittleMonkey (1341387) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270647)

Why list republicans? They are just a subset of the first two groups...

Jedi and Wiccans?

Huh.

Re:Survey with "Jedi" option available (-1, Troll)

ultranova (717540) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270373)

There are others out there who don't fill the stereotype who are otherwise normal people.

But if they don't fill the Wicca stereotype, how would anyone recognize them as Wicca? Which means they don't count for the purposes of evaluating and further refining the Wicca stereotype.

We blend in.

How insidious.

Re:Survey with "Jedi" option available (2)

JasterBobaMereel (1102861) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270379)

Census also showed there were : 56,620 Paganists, 39,061 Spiritualists, 2,418 Scientologists and 20,288 Jainists ...and 4 million who did not put any religion ....

Re:Survey with "Jedi" option available (1)

Spad (470073) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270191)

It's an empty text field on the census, to avoid the toss-up between "You didn't list my religion" and "Please turn to page 9,126 for question two".

Re:Survey with "Jedi" option available (5, Interesting)

Patch86 (1465427) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270255)

There was a write-in option ("other, please specify"), and this was the most popular write-in.

Far more interesting to me is that Christianity declined to less than 60% of the population, while No Religion almost doubled to get around 25%. That's a massive attitude shift for a 10 year period. Really brings into question why we have a state religion- although I suspect the figures will have to sink even lower before we can use census data as an excuse to separate church and state.

Re:Survey with "Jedi" option available (3, Insightful)

Sir_Sri (199544) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270305)

Because getting rid of the state religion, and the state relationship with the church of england would be problematic. It's not that it can't or won't be done, but there's quite a lot of legal effort involved in the powers of parliament vs the sovereign vs the church as an independent entity.

In some respects it's the same reason why none of the countries have actually settled the legal inheritance issue of if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a daughter and then a son (just a daughter, or multiple daughters doesn't require any rewrite), because it's not that we can't sort this out. But it's a lot of legal paperwork that can be deferred 50 or 60 years if they never have a son after a daughter.

Re:Survey with "Jedi" option available (2)

mr_jrt (676485) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270331)

Because getting rid of the state religion, and the state relationship with the church of england would be problematic. It's not that it can't or won't be done, but there's quite a lot of legal effort involved in the powers of parliament vs the sovereign vs the church as an independent entity.

In some respects it's the same reason why none of the countries have actually settled the legal inheritance issue of if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a daughter and then a son (just a daughter, or multiple daughters doesn't require any rewrite), because it's not that we can't sort this out. But it's a lot of legal paperwork that can be deferred 50 or 60 years if they never have a son after a daughter.

I was under the impression that they sorted this out very recently: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20600543 [bbc.co.uk]

Re:Survey with "Jedi" option available (3, Informative)

Sir_Sri (199544) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270279)

because

Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
Through passion, I gain strength.
Through strength, I gain power.
Through power, I gain victory.
Through victory, my chains are broken.
The Force shall free me.

The sith should not need to hide in the shadows pretending to be jedi any longer.

Re:Survey with "Jedi" option available (-1, Troll)

magic maverick (2615475) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270287)

Because Star Trek is fucking stupid? Who would want to promote some stupid movie or whatever anyway?

Re:Survey with "Jedi" option available (2)

hairyfeet (841228) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270375)

Not to mention who don't like to fuck with those irritating poll takers? I had a friend that every time was asked about religion on what of those stupid things would put down "The Church Of The SubGenius" and I have switched back and forth between the FSM and since George Carlin passed I list "The Great Electron" because of that bit he did on religion.

So who wouldn't think it was funny to list themselves as Jedi if that were an option? After all this IS the same country that gave birth to The Ministry of Silly Walks. [youtube.com]

Re:Survey with "Jedi" option available (0)

tehcyder (746570) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270519)

The census is supposed to be an accurate snapshot of the state of Britain, if people lie on it, they should be prosecuted. You cannot be a Jedi as it is an entirely fictional belief system.

If you don't follow the laws and rules of a country, you have two choices: go to jail or fuck off and live somewhere else.

Re:Survey with "Jedi" option available (1)

Peter Bortas (130) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270571)

People always lie or play around with surveys. Statisticians know about this and know how to model around it.

Why can't the Jedi people have their invisible friend(s)? It's based on a derivation of the Jesus myth which in turn is based on earlier god-myths. I don't see why this particular derivation would be less valid.

Re:Survey with "Jedi" option available (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42270585)

it is an entirely fictional belief system.

So
Like all the other belief systems then.

Re:Survey with "Jedi" option available (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42270617)

. You cannot be a Jedi as it is an entirely fictional belief system.
If you don't follow the laws and rules of a country, you have two choices: go to jail or fuck off and live somewhere else

ok you fucked up retarded reincarnation of hitler.

heads up dickwad, xtianity is also entirely fictitious...www.jesusneverexisted.com......

go find whatever idiot retard shithole you climbed out of and go back there. Fuckwits like you are a dime a dozen...keep spreading lies and superstition and see where it gets you,,,

Re:Survey with "Jedi" option available (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42270627)

explain to me how other religions are not an "entirely fictional belief system"?

Re:Survey with "Jedi" option available (5, Insightful)

Thiez (1281866) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270651)

> The census is supposed to be an accurate snapshot of the state of Britain, if people lie on it, they should be prosecuted.

For what crime? Governments have no business demanding to know a persons religion, and people have no obligation to report their religion to their government. Besides, the 'jedi' option is counted as 'no religion' by the ONS, which is probably accurate in the vast majority of cases, so the statistics are not meaningfully affected.

> You cannot be a Jedi as it is an entirely fictional belief system.

As opposed to other religions? Let's not go there (but if you do, please start with scientology).

Re:Survey with "Jedi" option available (1)

narcc (412956) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270775)

You cannot be a Jedi as it is an entirely fictional belief system.

I didn't realize there was a way to evaluate a religion to determine its validity as a religion...

I suppose we could use the "from my ass" method for data acquisition and apply an "internet forum consensus" procedure. That's a pretty popular approach.

The alternative, I suppose, is to use the gestapo tactics you'd necessarily need to employ to assess the accuracy of census participants responses (for purposes of identifying the liars so that they may be prosecuted) to see if any of alleged Jedi are practicing. Unfortunately, that's not enough to guarantee that they're lying as they might accept the orthodoxy but not the orthopraxy. On the other hand, once you've tossed out civil liberties, why would you care about a bunch of false convictions?

Maybe you're just out to capture all the Jedi? Is lying on the census treason? Is that still a capital offense?

Wait, are you actually out to inefficiently kill all the Jedi?

Damn, you Sith are tricky bastards!

Re:Survey with "Jedi" option available (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270493)

Regardless of your actual faith, why wouldn't you choose this option?

Because you're not a childish twat?

If you want to make a protest about being asked to choose a religion, do it properly. Just write atheist or agnostic, according to your view of things.

Saying "Jedi" is probably funny if you're a backward fourteen year old, but then you wouldn't be doing the census in the first place. I find it hard to believe that adults would do this sober.

Re:Survey with "Jedi" option available (1)

icebraining (1313345) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270623)

Atheist and agnostic are not religions.

Re:Survey with "Jedi" option available (0)

narcc (412956) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270797)

Ha!

Sorry, that's premature.

If you can accurately define both of the terms (atheist and agnostic) I'll retract my "Ha!". (It's not a trick question, it's really quite simple. In my experience, however, people who write, well, what you wrote above don't have the faintest idea what either term means.)

Re:Survey with "Jedi" option available (2)

rich_hudds (1360617) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270769)

We drink a lot more than Americans.

A lot of people would have had a few drinks before they got around to filling in the census form.

Although amusing (4, Funny)

pkthunders (2777383) | about a year and a half ago | (#42269747)

I see nothing wrong with this. Now, if they get control of the republican Senate, then there might be a problem...

Re:Although amusing (3, Insightful)

r33per (585447) | about a year and a half ago | (#42269941)

if they get control of the republican Senate, then there might be a problem...

Thank heavens we're still a constitutional monarchy!

Re:Although amusing (1)

siddesu (698447) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270159)

Isn't the Senate Democratic now?

Re:Although amusing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42270293)

"Isn't the Senate Democratic now?"

The Republicans effectively control the Senate and will continue to do so until either of the following happens: 1. The Democrats have 60 Senators (excluding Blue Dog Democrats) or 2. The filibuster is reformed to require actual filibustering instead of the mere threat of filibustering.

Jedi is a title. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42269755)

Isn't this the same as putting down 'Samurai' as a religion? Maybe they should put Jedi Order.

Wow... I geeked all over the place...

Soooo... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42269757)

just like the last census a decade ago, then? :P

Re:Soooo... (4, Funny)

turbidostato (878842) | about a year and a half ago | (#42269827)

Yes, and even then, they dropped by 50%.

It's me, or the redaction looks quite Monty Python-esque?

-The most popular religion is Jedi cult.
-Hummm... no; Christianity is.
-Well, the Jedi cult is the most popular after Christianity.
-Hummm... no; Islam is.
-Well, the Jedi cult is the most popular after Christianity and Islam.
-Hummm... no; Hinduism is.
-Well, the Jedi cult is the most popular after Christianity and Islam and Sikhism.
-Hummm... no; Judaism is.
-Well, the Jedi cult is the most popular after Christianity and Islam and Sikhism and Judaism.
-Hummm... no; Buddhism is.
-Well, the Jedi cult is the most popular after Christianity and Islam and Sikhism and Judaism and Buddhism.
-Hummm... yes.
-A-HA!

Re:Soooo... (1)

Woek (161635) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270093)

Came here to post exactly this :-D
Mod up please!

Re:Soooo... (1)

Cinnamon Whirl (979637) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270187)

The numbers from the pdf [ons.gov.uk] show 0.31% of the uk is pretends to be a jedi, and that somehow qualifies the religeon for a most popular tag?

Re:Soooo... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42270643)

The census has a write-in option for this question. Jedi is the most popular write-in answer, but still less popular than any of the check-box answers. Also anyone who does this is a retard.

Re:Soooo... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42270225)

Sith manipulations I tell you... Disturbance in the Force

Re:Soooo... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42270635)

-Well, the Jedi cult is the most popular after Christianity and Islam and Sikhism and Judaism and Buddhism.
-Hummm... yes.

should read
-Humm...yes, but only if you exclude everyone who couldn't be bothered to screw the census or answered 'Nazi'.

I'll have to redouble my efforts to get 'Jedi' higher than buddhism.

I for one (1, Insightful)

gagol (583737) | about a year and a half ago | (#42269767)

Believe in the giant spaghetti monster.

Re:I for one (5, Funny)

rolfwind (528248) | about a year and a half ago | (#42269871)

Giant?! Heretic! True believers only believe in the FLYING Spaghetti Monster!

We must engage in battle, for I will not let this blasphemy stand!

Re:I for one (1)

gagol (583737) | about a year and a half ago | (#42269891)

Convert to megastafarianism or die!

Re:I for one (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42270275)

Heretic! True believers only believe in the FLYING Spaghetti Monster!

Follow the Gourd.

Re:I for one (2, Informative)

similar_name (1164087) | about a year and a half ago | (#42269873)

That's nonsense. It's the flying spaghetti monster. You heathen.

Re:I for one (3, Funny)

gagol (583737) | about a year and a half ago | (#42269883)

who said I was talking about pastafarian religion, cannot I have my own silly thing? Spaghetti cannot fly, but it can be made giant!

Re:I for one (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42269897)

I will destroy you and then you will suck on the giant, succulent meatballs of my God.

Re:I for one (4, Funny)

stms (1132653) | about a year and a half ago | (#42269921)

Why can't we just agree that the universe is ruled by some kind of pasta and coexist peacefully.

Re:I for one (4, Funny)

MightyMartian (840721) | about a year and a half ago | (#42269991)

Who invited the Unitarian?

Re:I for one (2)

Woek (161635) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270103)

Made my day..
Where are modpoints when you need them?

Re:I for one (2, Funny)

drkim (1559875) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270011)

Why can't we just agree that the universe is ruled by some kind of pasta and coexist peacefully.

...because, silly twit, the purpose of religion is to start violent arguments and wars.

Anyone violently disagree? Good! You are a true believer...

Anerisian Heresy! (2)

m.shenhav (948505) | about a year and a half ago | (#42269777)

All Hail Discordia!

Re:Anerisian Heresy! (1)

magic maverick (2615475) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270313)

Ah, Eris? Why use Latin when you can use Greek?

Re:Anerisian Heresy! (1)

hawkinspeter (831501) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270383)

How many Discordians does it take to change a light bulb?

Cue The Whack-Job Zealots Masquerading... (1)

kosty (52388) | about a year and a half ago | (#42269781)

... as "Concerned Parents" in 3... 2... 1...

Re:Cue The Whack-Job Zealots Masquerading... (1)

kosty (52388) | about a year and a half ago | (#42269795)

Make that: "Concerned Parents." There. Fixed that for... me.

Disregard last... (1)

kosty (52388) | about a year and a half ago | (#42269813)

Disregard last... [Yeah, yeah, yeah... Shut the f$ck up, already.] Was trying to stick ol' U+2122 -- Trademark Symbol -- to the end of "Concerned Parents." Didn't work out too well...

Re:Disregard last... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42269877)

Faggot.

Re:Disregard last... (1)

kosty (52388) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270007)

Amateur.

So it's the number one "Made Up" religion (1)

Grayhand (2610049) | about a year and a half ago | (#42269797)

By "Made Up" I'm talking religions that came to be in modern times as in post industrial revolution. This puts it ahead of Scientology and Mormonism. Also one of my personal favorites, Jehovah Witness. I am surprised it passed up Pastafarianism. The Flying Spaghetti Monster definitely makes as much sense as Scientology or Mormonism.

Re:So it's the number one "Made Up" religion (5, Insightful)

agm (467017) | about a year and a half ago | (#42269817)

No, the number one "made up" religion is Christianity.

Re:So it's the number one "Made Up" religion (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42269821)

I wrote Pastafarian in both the 2006 and 2011 census in Australia. Just need another couple thousand people to do the same and we'll rise above Scientology in the rankings.

All religions are "made-up" (2)

krigat (1253674) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270171)

All religions are "made up". Only difference is, with modern religions we still know that they were created by humans, whereas "old" religions seem to be "just there", so for most people it's easier to believe these religions were not man-made.

How many are "Sith"? (1)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about a year and a half ago | (#42269799)

I don't worry about the people who consider themselves Jedi. But we really should be keeping an eye on the people that choose "Sith".

Re:How many are "Sith"? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42269839)

I wouldn't worry there is only 2 of them, the master and the apprentice.

Re:How many are "Sith"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42270043)

Unless they are masquerading as "Sikh"...

Re:How many are "Sith"? (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270531)

I don't worry about the people who consider themselves Jedi.

Indeed, I suppose it's a testament to how liberal the UK is that we allow mentally ill people to complete the census too.

Re:How many are "Sith"? (1)

ratbag (65209) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270779)

Reading through all the comments here, you (tehcyder) seem to be popping up quite a lot. Do you have a beef with:

  • humour: whilst it's merely chuckleworthy, rather than laugh-out-loud, it really is funny, both for the individual concerned and for us lot looking at the figures;
  • the Jedi faith: this would be illogical and suggest that you possibly were mentally ill (see item above - it's a joke);
  • all faiths other than "the one true faith": I get the feeling, call it a hunch, that you're a believer. Possibly one who's aggrieved that "your" faith has reduced in popularity over the last ten years. Possibly even blaming people who put "Jedi" down as their religion for the drop in adherents to your faith.
  • all of the above
  • none of the above

I've been there, done that, in terms of being a believer, and I think I recognise the signs of someone being just a little bit defensive: "how liberal the UK is", rather than "how enlightened, sure of itself and diverse the UK is" is a bit of a giveaway. Sorry if I've misjudged you, etc., but it would have been me posting verbatim what you've been doing, in the dim and distant past.

Good opportunity (1)

Tea-Bone of Brooklyn (828337) | about a year and a half ago | (#42269807)

Disney needs to build some Jedi Temples in the UK.

Re:Good opportunity (1)

pep939 (1957678) | about a year and a half ago | (#42269977)

Please don't remind us that one must now associate Star Wars with Disney. It makes me feel funny.

Re:Good opportunity (2)

gagol (583737) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270037)

That is probably the main reason for the decline in Jedi followers.

Re:Good opportunity (1)

clickety6 (141178) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270341)

Apparently the main reason for decline in British Jedi followers is the current midi-chlorian shortage in the UK.

Re:Good opportunity (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270047)

Please don't remind us that one must now associate Star Wars with Disney. It makes me feel funny.

There is a disturbance in the Force : A giant mouse and another, a Mini mouse.

--

Is it Goofy yet?

Re:Good opportunity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42270197)

Even before the Disney acquisition Star Wars already had the Disney villain falling to his death, silly sidekicks, annoying kids...

Re:Good opportunity (1)

Tastecicles (1153671) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270239)

talking mutant... whateverthefuck Jar Jar is...

Re:Good opportunity (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270535)

Please don't remind us that one must now associate Star Wars with Disney. It makes me feel funny.

Star Wars has always been on the same cultural level as Disney, i.e. very popular, sentimental, technically accomplished, childishly political, soulless trash.

Re:Good opportunity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42270639)

Bam!

nailed it right there......

the first movie (hammell, ford, fisher, guinness etcwas pretty good tho, even by todays standards)

Uncounted votes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42269865)

"It surrounds us, it penetrates us, it binds the Universe together..."

Followers of Taoism should be included in the demographic, since The Force is Lucas' direct ripoff of that form of spirituality.

Re:Uncounted votes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42269929)

I, for one, have never been and will never be penetrated.

Kopimism (1)

CanEHdian (1098955) | about a year and a half ago | (#42269899)

I guess Kopimism [kopimistsamfundet.se] still has a long way to go in the UK...

Khorne (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42269943)

For Khaila Mensha Khaine! The Bloody Handed Avatar of Khorne! Blood for the Blood God! Skulls for the Skull Throne! Let the Galaxy Burn! Death to the False Emperor!

Light-sabre wielding? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42269975)

I hope it's just the Knights who are lightsaber wielding and the rest of us shared a belief in the Force as a common thread. If I not I needs to get me a lightsaber!

Alternative? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42269987)

In New Zealand, Jedi is the second most popular religion overall.

Re:Alternative? (0)

tehcyder (746570) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270543)

In New Zealand, Jedi is the second most popular religion overall.

I hope this is merely proof of the Kiwis' odd sense of humour, and not of their national level of mental illness.

Jedi is just a renamed Christianity Clone - (3, Funny)

DontScotty (978874) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270117)

Virgin birth: Check

Holy Ghosts: Check

Passover: Many people Pass Over re-watching Ep 1 due to Jar Jar Binks: Check

"Alternative" to what? (2)

Rogerborg (306625) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270199)

One of those "real" religions, all of which are 100% factually based on the words of an invisible sky giant?

Re:"Alternative" to what? (1)

Patch86 (1465427) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270237)

Badly worded title. What they mean is that it was the most popular write-in option (the list only included the obvious major religions).

Re:"Alternative" to what? (1)

Andtalath (1074376) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270357)

I think the assumption is that people don't actually believe in the Jedi Faith.
People actually believing in imaginary* friends telling them what to do differ quite a lot of people following a set of philosophical guidelines.

*By necessity, most of them must be imaginary since most religions are exclusive in some fashion

Re:"Alternative" to what? (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270553)

I think the assumption is that people don't actually believe in the Jedi Faith.

Then why the fuck bother writing that you do? As a political gesture it's up there with drawing a funny moustache on a candidate's election poster.

It seems to me the sort of thing that only sounds funny when you're a very, very drunk student.

People should have the courage of their convictions and just write "atheist" or "none" or something.

Re:"Alternative" to what? (1)

icebraining (1313345) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270681)

They are treating the field on religion with the importance they feel it deserves. Strong convictions in this matter are for people who actually care, like theists and petty anti-theists. For the rest of us, it's no different than asking our favorite color of socks.

fuck Jedi (5, Funny)

Tastecicles (1153671) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270251)

I worship gaffer tape. It has a light side and a dark side, just like the Force, and it binds the Galaxy together. Difference being, it's real, tangible, and doesn't require faith because its physicality is a reassuring proof of its ubiquity.

Jedi was a joke... and still is! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42270417)

I'm not sure that this has been mentioned, but 10 years back there was a movement to put Jedi down as a joke as your religion in the Census.

Obviously 10 years later, the joke has been forgotten, people have grown up etc... but some people continue this as a two fingered salute to those who run the Census every 10 years.

Re:Jedi was a joke... and still is! (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270577)

What's wrong with the Cenus anyway? Is it another example of paranoid libertarians hating something just because it's done by "the government"? Do they think "the government" are collecting this information so that it can be used to persecute you later? If being an atheist, Christian or Jedi ever becomes a matter that gets you brought to the attention of the Secret Service in the UK, we're beyond fucked already.

Just proves power of social media (1)

Coisiche (2000870) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270475)

While there might actually be respondents who believe themselves to be disciples of Jedi principles, the other 99.999% would have just seen a facebook friend post, "Hey! Wouldn't it be funny if we all put Jedi on the census form as our religion".

I found a more interesting blog post at the time about Lockheed Martin having a fixed price contract to collate the census data and if enough people answered honestly but took measures that would interfere with the automated form scanning, then the costs incurred in manually processing the forms would hit their projected profit a bit.

Ya, sure it's because of 'social media' (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42270707)

Another ridiculous 'social media is so powerful' comment from a misguided soul who probably thinks that nothing occured in the world before ten years ago.
The Internet was social a looooong time before these stupid so-called 'social media' sites like facebook and twitter sprang up.

thats not the wierdest result either! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42270501)

Surprisingly few people put human under race.

Disney has bought this religion apparently (1)

GoodnaGuy (1861652) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270589)

I read in the news just last week that Disney has brought the rights to our religion. This is an outrage, we must protest this my brother Jedi. Surely you cant copyright a religion. Imagine if Disney copyrighted christianity or Pixar bought the rights to Islam.

Too much like commitment (1)

docilespelunker (1883198) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270607)

Is it not suspicious also that their main feature is a little stick that gets bigger when you hold onto it. Admittedly it is a kickass weapon, but the feminist within would prefer if there was a less masculine option

Actually... (1)

deergomoo (2689177) | about a year and a half ago | (#42270753)

This is slightly problematic. Most people who put Jedi are likely non-religious and taking the piss, but the government considers anyone who doesn't put either non-religious or chooses not to answer to be religious, increasing funding for things like faith schools, which many non-religious people are opposed to. That said. 170k people out of 60m doesn't make a massive difference, and I got a chuckle out of it.
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