Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Fingers cross you must (2006)

Some more from the 2006 archives. A great story you may have missed ...

Jedi Knights are demanding that their religion – the fourth largest in the UK - receives recognition.

Two so-called Jedi Warriors, Umada and Yunyun, aka John Wilkinson and Charlotte Law, have petitioned the UN to acknowledge the religion and its 390,000 followers. Today’s UN International Day of Tolerance is all about discouraging intolerance and promoting integration. So it seemed the right day for Umada and Yunyun to make their point. Dressed in full Jedi regalia, they organised a protest march in Whitehall today carrying placards that read ‘Tolerance for Jedis'.

In the 2001 UK Census 390,000 people listed their religion as Jedi Knight making it the fourth biggest belief system in the country. There are also an estimated 70,000 Jedi knights in Australia, 53,000 in New Zealand and 20,000 in Canada. Which begs the question … when is a religion not a religion?

After all, Buddhism is considered a religion, or a faith or creed at least, and that has no God – just a set of principles to live by. The Jedi say that it’s no different for them. And there are more Jedi than Rastafarians.

Watch this space. And fingers cross you must, Jedi.

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