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A New Religion, 'The Force'


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#1 of 29 Steve Christou

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Posted October 11 2001 - 12:09 PM

This just off the net, and I'm not making this up.

"Thousands of wannabe Luke Skywalkers in Britain have apparently converted to the Force, listing "Jedi Knight" as their faith on the country's 2001 national census form, Britain's Web-based news service Ananova reports.

Spurred reportedly by a fan's jokey email campaign, more than 10,000 Britons put down George Lucas' mythical Star Wars religion as their own, forcing the government's Office for National Statistics to classify "Jedi Knight" as a separate category in compiling the statistics.

When the forms are processed, all data is encoded and we have given Jedi Knight a code beecause a large group of people have entered it on their forms," an ONS spokesman tells Ananova. "But we are not saying that this is an official religion."

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[Edited last by Steve Christou on October 11, 2001 at 07:11 PM]

Dave hören... auf, wille stoppen sie Dave... stoppen sie Dave... Mein gehirn geht... Ich bin gefühl es... Ich bin gefühl es... Ich bin ängstlich Dave... Guter Nachmittag. Ich bin ein HAL 9000 computer. Ich wurde funktionsfähig am HAL-Betrieb in Urbana, Illinois auf January 12 1992.


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#2 of 29 Inspector Hammer!

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Posted October 11 2001 - 12:19 PM

I'll slip this in before the mods close it, as it will inevitalbly lead to a religeous discussion.

Can anyone say Blasphemy? It's a damn movie for Gods sake! You know their's a word for this sort of thing, cult.

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#3 of 29 Steve Christou

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Posted October 11 2001 - 12:32 PM

It's just a joke, no one could seriously take up 'Jedi Knight' as a religion, how can you?
It's just thousands of Star Wars fans having a laugh at the census takers.

Dave hören... auf, wille stoppen sie Dave... stoppen sie Dave... Mein gehirn geht... Ich bin gefühl es... Ich bin gefühl es... Ich bin ängstlich Dave... Guter Nachmittag. Ich bin ein HAL 9000 computer. Ich wurde funktionsfähig am HAL-Betrieb in Urbana, Illinois auf January 12 1992.


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#4 of 29 Inspector Hammer!

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Posted October 11 2001 - 12:35 PM

Well, in that case, Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image!!

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#5 of 29 Greg_Y

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Posted October 11 2001 - 12:36 PM

1. This is false. http://www.snopes2.c...ligion/jedi.htm .. Snopes.com is your friend.

2. "Religious Cult: The church down the street from yours."

#6 of 29 Andrew Pratt

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Posted October 11 2001 - 12:36 PM

Given the obvious ties to many eastern religons this isnt' that big a stretch...certianly not blasphemy

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#7 of 29 Steve Christou

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Posted October 11 2001 - 12:56 PM

All I know about being a Jedi is you get to wield a lightsabre (cool), levitate spaceships out of swamps (supercool), find out the most feared evil bastard in the universe is your dad (wow, way to go dad!), and being taught the fine art of levitating rocks with your mind by a garden gnome (hmmmm).

[Edited last by Steve Christou on October 11, 2001 at 07:57 PM]

Dave hören... auf, wille stoppen sie Dave... stoppen sie Dave... Mein gehirn geht... Ich bin gefühl es... Ich bin gefühl es... Ich bin ängstlich Dave... Guter Nachmittag. Ich bin ein HAL 9000 computer. Ich wurde funktionsfähig am HAL-Betrieb in Urbana, Illinois auf January 12 1992.


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#8 of 29 Eric Scott

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Posted October 11 2001 - 01:22 PM

Sorry Steve, I just returned from an attempt to enter the Darkside. I felt the force and went in with my saber lit, but once I reached the entrance of the Imperial stronghold I was rebuffed. My wife slammed her book shut, turned off the light, told me to take my saber and shut the door on my way out! Posted Image



#9 of 29 BrianB

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Posted October 11 2001 - 01:27 PM

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1. This is false. http://www.snopes2.c...ligion/jedi.htm .. Snopes.com is your friend.

Nope, it's not really false... Snopes is correct, but the reports that are doing the rounds *aren't* saying the UK is officially recognising it as a religion, just that they made a big enough number to get a seperate classification in the census.

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#10 of 29 Steve Christou

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Posted October 11 2001 - 01:36 PM

Oh dear, thorry to hear that Eric, ath a Lord of the Thith, I mean as a Lord of the Sith, I'm already well elevated when I enter the bedroom, Sandra my angry young Yoda is already making rude noises and beckoning me to take off my custom made Jedi Kilt, and enter the dark side, which I do willingly. Posted Image

Dave hören... auf, wille stoppen sie Dave... stoppen sie Dave... Mein gehirn geht... Ich bin gefühl es... Ich bin gefühl es... Ich bin ängstlich Dave... Guter Nachmittag. Ich bin ein HAL 9000 computer. Ich wurde funktionsfähig am HAL-Betrieb in Urbana, Illinois auf January 12 1992.


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#11 of 29 Jeff Ulmer

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Posted October 11 2001 - 01:47 PM

My only thoughts on the matter are that I wish George Lucas had been debuting reviews for A New Hope on September 11, rather than the very sadly appropriate The Phantom Menace....

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#12 of 29 Peter Harkess

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Posted October 11 2001 - 02:10 PM

Well back in March, I put down "Jedi" as my religion in the NZ census. If the bastard government refuses to acknowledge my religion then I refuse to acknowledge the government. ANARCHY!

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Posted October 11 2001 - 04:36 PM

If you do become a Jedi, is it okay to use it to "attract" the ladies? Come to me, Emmanuelle....submit! Posted Image

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#14 of 29 brian a

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Posted October 11 2001 - 05:03 PM

Is jedi considered a religion in the Star Wars universe? It seems like jedi are more of the clergy than the followers what with the training and what not. I can't remember seeing anyone that I would classify as a follower of the jedi religion. I always though of it as more of a job.


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#15 of 29 Peter McDonald

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Posted October 11 2001 - 05:53 PM

Who else thinks that George Lucas is going sue the people at the British census for using "Jedi Knight"? Posted Image

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#16 of 29 Rob Gillespie

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Posted October 11 2001 - 06:30 PM

Hmmm.... The words 'life', 'a', and 'get' spring to mind...
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#17 of 29 andrew markworthy

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Posted October 11 2001 - 06:52 PM

Rob, I think 'sad loser' probably describes some of the people who did this, but I suspect a lot more were just displaying the characteristic Brit thing of not taking officialdom seriously. I know a couple of people who claimed to have done it who definitely fall into the latter category.

#18 of 29 Rob Gillespie

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Posted October 11 2001 - 07:47 PM

No doubt, and kudos to them. But there are people who actually think this stuff is for real. Perhaps those are the guys who've gone to the trouble of making all this official?

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#19 of 29 NathanP

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Posted October 12 2001 - 02:43 AM

Star Wars was kinda a mix between Hindu and Pantheism.


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#20 of 29 Rob Gillespie

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Posted October 12 2001 - 03:36 AM

Good.
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