JEDI FORCES ITS WAY ON TO THE CENSUS
By Laura Borg, PA News
JEDI, the religion of Star Wars heroes Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, has been registered by the Government as the 2001 census count continues.
An email campaign, running at the same time as the census, sought to convince up to 10,000 people to put the fictional faith on their form. It claimed that the Government would then be forced to recognise Jedi as an official religion.
While it is still unclear how many people did list the faith as their own, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said that enough people have put it down on the form for them to give it its own code, meaning it will appear as an option on the next census.
However, ONS officials are keen to point out that this does not mean it is an officially recognised religion: "When the forms are processed, all data is encoded and we have given Jedi a code because a large group of people have entered it on their forms.
An ONS spokesman said: "We are not saying that this is an official religion.
"As far as I'm aware nobody within the Government will make this an official religion no matter how many people sign up to it."
The census results are still being counted and will not be published until Autumn 2002.
The data on Jedi Knights in Britain will not be included in the final report although the ONS is happy to consider compiling the data if somebody commissions it.
I know alot of sad people who contributed to making the above happen!