Our song this week comes from the little-known band Elsinore, based out of Champaign, IL, and named after a city (with a great landmark) in Denmark. (Hi, Sili!) They’ve got just a couple of albums out so far, but here’s one of my favorites for you to listen to — the song Cannonballs off of Nothing By Design — which you can download here.
A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police confirmed: “At the time of the request, 10 (eight police officers and two police staff) had recorded their religion as Jedi.”
About 390,000 people listed their religion as Jedi in the 2001 Census for England and Wales. In Scotland the figure was a reported 14,000.
The Office for National Statistics did not recognise it as a separate category, and incorporated followers of Jedi with the atheists.
I don’t know exactly what to say about this. Apparently, there are roughly as many people reporting themselves as Jediites as Scientologists or Rastafarians. On the one hand it’s based on a fictional movie. But on the other hand, Jedi-ism has its roots in a mix of various religions.
But there’s one definitive conclusion to draw, that trumps either of the arguments above. When someone pulls out a light saber you do not want to call them an atheist. And hence, I would choose to recognize it as a religion. After all, the Jediites also have their own church. Maybe even more than one.
I wonder what PZ will say when he finds out about this…