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Posted by abeodbart February 28, 2011 at 7:03 am

In 2001, when the last Census of the UK was carried out, nearly 400,000 people claimed “Jedi” as their religion. Not only did this confirm Jedi-ism as a religion in the UK – but meant it was the fourth largest, with more followers than Judaism or Buddhism.

With the 2011 Census forms sealed in their envelopes and ready to post to households across Britain, numerous Facebook groups have been created to encourage even more people to put their faith in the ‘Force’ and claim to be Jedis.

The religion question is the only voluntary question on the form but Mr Benton says that the responses directly affect community services. “People are developing their local policy and activities on the basis of this information. I would urge people to give an accurate response,” he said.

The Times sent a video team to one of the largest Star Wars memorabilia shops in the UK to find out just who considers themselves a Jedi.

Via Richard Dawkins – Full article at The Times (paywall)



February 28, 2011 at 7:11 am
rich says:

What is this counter movement that’s saying ‘oh don’t put Jedi down, the government use this information to allocate money between secular and religious groups.’

I mean, I know the government are idiotic but do you seriously believe that? hmmm, far more informative to give an answer that amounts to “this is tosh” than none at all, no?

February 28, 2011 at 7:20 am
JoshS says:

Technically to become a member of the jedi religion you need a lightsabre. These do not exist.

February 28, 2011 at 7:30 am
Nick says:

Is that darth vader at the back of the photo? Surely not a true Jedi

February 28, 2011 at 7:35 am
Alan C says:

See too many people too stupid to realise by putting down a ‘fake’ religion they are causing money to be spent on religious things that aren’t used or needed. People need to be honest and put no religion if they don’t believe.

February 28, 2011 at 7:36 am
andy clark says:

and why not, other religions are stated up all the time.

February 28, 2011 at 7:43 am
Zariyaab says:

haha I can’t wait when the video team enters the memorabilia shop to just find an empty, deserted place only to find the remains of the last nerd that entered. Where’s the force now? =P

February 28, 2011 at 9:28 am

“Not only did this confirm Jedi-ism as a religion in the UK”

I’d like to see a reference for this. I don’t believe that’s the case at all. If it was, then Jedi-ism would be listed as an option on this year’s census form. And it isn’t.

February 28, 2011 at 9:36 am

When do we get the latest census? It’s not May the 4th is it???

Oh & the CAPTCHA code is spookily similar to C3P0!!!

February 28, 2011 at 10:10 am

Jedi-ism pah! how daft is that i mean fancy starting a religion around some guys fantastical story he decided to write down in a book, sheesh who would be stupid enough to believe a book is gospel…..

oh wait a minute, that sounds a bit familiar.

February 28, 2011 at 10:11 am
Kath says:

While this makes me worry that religious groups may be getting too many concessions if putting Jedi can mess up any funding etc, I also think that we made the point last time. Is there any need to go again? The jokes been done.

February 28, 2011 at 10:44 am
Elwhupgrande says:

Sums it up for me “Kid, I’ve flown from one side of this galaxy to the other, and I’ve seen a lot of
strange stuff, but I’ve never seen *anything* to
make me believe that there’s one all-powerful
Force controlling everything. ‘Cause no
mystical energy field controls *my* destiny. It’s
all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.” – Han Solo….

February 28, 2011 at 10:50 am
Rob says:

What a pile of s**t!

Anyone who put “Jediism” on their census form had the entry listed as “No Religion” on the official census report. The 4th largest religion is Sikhism.

And, just because someone put something like ‘Jediism’ on a census report it doesn’t make it an official religion!

February 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm

haha Britian is officially the coolest country in the world.

February 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm
andy clark says:

if you actually do some research you will find that it is a serious religion with very positive looking ways about it.

February 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm
Mark says:

“In 2001, when the last Census of the UK was carried out, nearly 400,000 people claimed “Jedi” as their religion. Not only did this confirm Jedi-ism as a religion in the UK”

Err, no, it does not mean this at all, see the ONS website:

quote: “A campaign on the internet claimed – wrongly – that Jedi, the belief system at the heart of the Star Wars films, would receive official government recognition as a religion if enough people quoted it on their Census forms”

If people are non-religious they should say so as this DOES have an impact on how the Government looks at allocating certain types of funding. For more detail see the British Humanism website:

February 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm
roz says:

more jedis than jews? that’s pretty amazing!

in the previous US census, there were something like 250k people who entered “jedi knight” in response to the “religion” question.

February 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm
George says:

Yoda is awesome.

February 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm
Shielah Andersen says:

Just because a religion is not a common one..or your religion does not mean it does not exist. People have many ways of communing with “God” or the “Force” that exists beyond the human experience. If those who were filling out the form meant no religion they would’ve put “no religion”. I’m just wondering how many put Sith..:)

February 28, 2011 at 4:07 pm
An Elephant's Child. says:

What about the Pastafarians ?
How are they going to get funding for their eye patches & hooks if they don’t acknowledge that they have been touched by The Great Flying Spaghetti Monster’s Noodley Appendage on their census forms ?

Why is our government funding already rich religions anyway, I thought they were supposed to be skint.

February 28, 2011 at 5:23 pm
George says:

And Han Solo is hot.

I shall put I worship in the church of Han Solo.

I bet many a priest has had to do that.

February 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm

As a famous Jedi once said “happy are the Greeks, since they will inherit the earth”.
“My young padawan!!”

February 28, 2011 at 9:24 pm
Art says:

Jedi-ism, pah, nonsense.

I’ll be putting down Cult of Gozer like last time.

March 1, 2011 at 10:51 pm
Gary says:

So if the religion question of the census is used to direct tax funds to each religion where did all the money for the Jedi go?

Everyone is assuming it’s all a big joke but in the spirit of Dischordianism I’d suggest the Jedi are no more ridiculous than any of the other religions.

Also who is to say that the people who responded to the census as Jedi do not genuinely believe in it as a religion? If there are any genuine Jedi out there they have been completely dismissed without a second thought and robbed of whatever money the goverment gives religions to spend on whatever religions spend money on.

March 18, 2011 at 4:12 am
urbanvox says:

o wowwwww… I have just converted to Jediism now!
May the Force be with you! :)


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