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    Question The Church of Jedi (Census 2011)

    So it seems that from the last Census "Jedi" is the fourth largest religion in the UK. Will you be joining the masses this time round and putting your faith in The Force??

    (For those who don't know; Jediism)

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    Blow jediism, I'm sorely tempted to put edugeek as my religion on this census... now that'd be one in the eye for wikipedia if enough of us did it!

    I have spent quite a large amount of time researching my family tree and the census information has been invaluable; it does concern me that results are skewed by people's sense of humour, but then it was probably ever thus!
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    I could also suggest the Church of Apple. I think we would have a lot of hardcore followers but also quite a large opposition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon-Dukes View Post
    I could also suggest the Church of Apple. I think we would have a lot of hardcore followers but also quite a large opposition.
    Don't start on them, those lot are worse than Scientologists for tying spiritual gain to ridiculous and foundless financial contributions!

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    As there appear to be more Jedi than Sikhs, I wonder if anyone could claim religious discrimination if told to remove their lightsaber?

    BTW, any Jedi should be wary of Scotland where a number of the population are Sith...

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    I was thinking of going Pastafarian this time round. Getting "Noodly Appendage" into the Census would be mildly amusing.

    As a historian, the fact that people mess around with random religions for humourous purposes rather than going "er.......oh, C of E....that'll do" is interesting of itself. That's partly because it's 2011 and the info they're asking for is already sat in a .gov database, they're just pathetic at (or it's illegal for them to) correlating it.

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    Right, was it all myth and blowlocks that because of the number who put Jedi last time, that it has to be recognised as a religion on government forms???

    Having said that I will be doing that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GREED View Post
    Right, was it all myth and blowlocks that because of the number who put Jedi last time, that it has to be recognised as a religion on government forms???

    Having said that I will be doing that!
    Well if it is true, I'm definitely starting the campaign for edugeek as a religion... edugeek on every form

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    I am a Jedi, and have been for many years.

    At the LAST census, it was worth it, just to see the look on the census takers face!

    Do I regret it? NO

    Do I think it skews the results? NO.

    My religion is just as valid as any other, whether it be Sikh, Christian, Muslim, or Scientology.

    It is MY belief that ALL religions are based on stories, handed down over time, from generation to generation, and that none of it is actually true!

    ***I REPEAT....THIS IS JUST MY VIEW***


    (So, no fatwa's, thank you very much!)

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    I expect the church of google to be an option this year...

    » The Church of Google

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    So it seems that from the last Census "Jedi" is the fourth largest religion in the UK
    Its not an official Religion. Officials from the Office for National Statistics pointed out that this merely means that it has been registered as a common answer to the "religion" question and that this does not confer on it the status of official recognition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerospacemango View Post
    Do I think it skews the results? NO.
    If you have no religion then it will skew the results as your vote for Jedi will mean you are not included in the list of those who have no religion.

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    Atheists should be proud and simply answer 'no religion'. None of this 'jedi' nonsense, as it gives merit to their question in the first place. I'm sick of seeing so much of UK life focussed on religion. Schools are still legally required to hold religious assemblies for Pete's sake! Ridiculous in a country where quite simply most people don't practice a religion.

    Only people who follow a religion should put one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Atheists should be proud and simply answer 'no religion'. None of this 'jedi' nonsense, as it gives merit to their question in the first place. I'm sick of seeing so much of UK life focussed on religion. Schools are still legally required to hold religious assemblies for Pete's sake! Ridiculous in a country where quite simply most people don't practice a religion.

    Only people who follow a religion should put one.
    I follow edugeek religiously

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    I follow edugeek religiously
    trust me, you ain't finding three wise men here

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