April 14, 2001
1:35 PM   Subscribe

Be a jedi on April 29! I know I will.
posted by ecvgi (10 comments total)
I'm disappointed that Metafilter (and the Guardian) are vectoring this - it's wholly untrue. It started in respect of the Canadia census earlier this year (where it would have been true), and was carried over the to the New Zealand census (where it wouldn't have been true). It certainly is not true in the UK - see http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_240898.html?menu=news.latestheadlines for a reported response from the Home Office...
posted by benzo8 at 1:56 PM on April 14, 2001

Some were back in March. :)
posted by swank6 at 2:12 PM on April 14, 2001

But wouldn't it be fun, at the very least for the census workers, to be able to write in "Jedi" and see how far it goes? As a freshman in college, for the class president, we all wrote in "Opus" (as in the Bloom County penguin) and he WON! The 'real' guy that actually got the position was the one who came in second. POWER TO THE PEOPLE! heh heh.
posted by thunder at 2:33 PM on April 14, 2001

"In the last census, where we asked for a religion, lots of people who obviously don't have a religion put their football team."

Well, after winning 3-0 today, I now believe in the resurrection. Pshaw.
posted by holgate at 3:19 PM on April 14, 2001

Holgate...I hope you do not celebrate the demise of Arsenal today. Anything other than Man U, non?

This Jedi thing doesn't seem to go away...I only posted it to try and get it some more attention because I really wish it would happen. Apparently the National Office of Statistics has a list of 'proper' religions. Still, no harm in trying to be a little subversive, is there?
posted by ecvgi at 4:08 PM on April 14, 2001

'Spose I'll be writing my usual 'None denominational spiritualist' in the box just to confuse them. This catch-all terms has got me out of more conversations about the holy subject than there are actual religions in the world.
posted by feelinglistless at 4:43 PM on April 14, 2001

Look, all you'd be doing would be pretending that having all these people coming together and celebrating rituals based on a story some guy dreamed up means something. What a hoot!
posted by dhartung at 5:46 PM on April 14, 2001

Luke, be a jedi toniiiight...
posted by sonofsamiam at 5:50 PM on April 14, 2001

I think William Shatner himself said it best: "Get a life!"
posted by pukin' dog at 10:22 PM on April 14, 2001

I don't have any time for people complaining that UK laws would prevent the 'Jedi' stunt from working. If anything it's likely to amuse the people in the Census office and add colour to their otherwise dreary task.

But the idea of Britain becoming an official Jedi nation is somewhat ridiculous, as the Guardian article rightly points out. My take on the whole affair has been online for a week or so now: www.tobyslater.com/jedi
posted by tobyslater at 3:37 AM on April 15, 2001

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