I'm interested what you folks feel about Jedi Knights being an official religion in U.K.
With how the world is going crazy by the minute and being a SW fanatic, I'm not surprised and actually think its cool. But this one really borders on the insane.
Jedi Knights achieve official recognition as a religion
By Kieren McCarthy
Posted: 09/10/2001 at 10:33 GMT
Jedi Knights have gained official recognition as a religion in the UK Census 2001.
Coming very near the bottom of an official list of religions put out by the Statistics Office, Jedi Knight is known by the code 896. Heathen comes in at 897. Followed by Atheist at 898 and lastly None with 899. It's not exactly a ringing endorsement though since the 800s come after every other religion, no matter how obscure, and 700 is used for all "other religions".
We reported in April about a worldwide attempt to get Jedi Knight accepted as a religion. It started out a daft idea but thanks to email and the Internet soon a whole army of budding Luke Skywalkers had joined in.
We spoke to the Home Office - which was not overly entertained especially since the Census is supposed to be deadly serious. However the Home Office would not say what constituted a religion and we subsequently discovered that while you can be heavily fined for putting down false details on a census form, it does not apply to the religion question.
With 95 per cent of census forms now received and scanning, coding and data capture due to be completed by August next year, we should know just how many official Jedi Knights there are in the UK by the end of 2002.
If you want to check out the full list of religions, download the relevant pdf file here and look on page 18. ®