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More than 70,000 Austrailians declare they follow Jedi faith .. as in Star Wars

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/2218456.stm

 

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More than 70,000 people in Australia have declared that they are followers of the Jedi faith, the religion created by the Star Wars films.

A recent census found that one in 270 respondents - or 0.37% of the population - say they believe in "the force", an energy field that gives Jedi Knights like Luke Skywalker their power in the films.

 

Most of the 70,509 people who wrote Jedi on their census forms were suspected to have done so in response to an e-mail encouraging all Star Wars fans to get it recognised as an official religion.

 

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Jedi Master Yoda: "You must feel the force around you"

 

 

But the majority do not seriously tell each other: "May the force be with you", according to Australian Star Wars Appreciation Society president Chris Brennan.

 

"When you look at it you probably have got about 5,000 people in that 70,000 that were true hard-core people that would believe the Jedi religion carte blanche," he told ABC Radio.

 

"Then you would have 50,000 fans that said 'oh yeah we'll just put down Jedi for fun, we don't actually have a religion of our own'.

 

"Then you probably have 15,000 people who did it just to give the government a bit of curry," he said.

 

An e-mail was sent around the world in 2001 saying that if 10,000 people declared they were Jedi, it would be recognised as an official religion.

 

But the Australian Bureau of Statistics said it would be categorised as "not defined".

 

Thousands of people in New Zealand and the UK also followed the advice of the e-mail - with Jedi Knight even being included on the list of religions by UK census authorities.

 

 

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Guest KING OF HELL

i am the only JEDI in hell. so im hvaing a blast

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Guest --zeSto--

note:

 

they tried to get canadian to write in 'Jedi' in a census,

because we are also part of the commonwealth and our votes would work too.

 

religion :nerd

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Guest socrates

^^^but we all know that canadians can't read so the idea didn't get to far.

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I put Jedi on my census form. There was a big movement among students here to put Jedi down because the census basically limited religion to Catholic, Protestant, Presbetyrian, Islamic and Other.

 

So fuck 'em

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I would put jedi. Cause star wars is cool, theres no denying that, i dont even have any star wars memorobilia or t shirts. But it is entertaining.

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haha i did that shit , not coz im into star wars or anything , i dont even really like star wars , but it was just funny . comon , you know you want the force......*sigh*

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Guest socrates

Leave it to a country full of crooks........

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yeh it was a huge thing over here.they had fines for crew that put down jedi as their religion on their census.

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