16 Dec '11, 6am

Thousands of Czechs proclaim 'Jedi' as their religion

PRAGUE - What do you tick when you are polled on your religion? While most people would tick Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, or others, more than 15,000 Czechs has ticked "Jedi Knight", said an AFP report. Online magazine Jezebel said the statistical department defended its inclusion of the category, quoting deputy head Stanislav Drapal as saying "We included this option (in the census form) despite a fierce debate over whether it's serious or not. But it's not up to statisticians to say what is or is not a religion. "Fifteen thousand adherents, which is the size of a small town, is not a negligible social phenomenon," Mr Drapal added. The Statistical Office also said "many people adhered to the moral values of Jedi knights from the Star Wars saga" in an issued statement, noting the invented faith enjoyed a strong following in countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealan...

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