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Hum    6,929

Today's Census figures show that 176,632 people in England and Wales identify themselves as Jedi Knights, making it the most popular faith in the "Other Religions" category on the Census and the seventh most popular faith overall.

The new figures reveal that the lightsabre-wielding disciples are only behind Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism in the popularity stakes, excluding non-religious people and people who did not answer.

Following a nationwide campaign, Jedi made it onto the 2001 census, with 390,127 people identifying themselves a decade ago as followers of the fictional Star Wars creed.

Although the number of Jedis has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the past 10 years, they are still the most selected "alternative" faith on the Census, and constitute 0.31% of all people's stated religious affiliation in England and Wales.

The latest official population survey also revealed 6,242 people subscribe to the Heavy Metal religion, which was set up in 2010 by the Rock magazine, Metal Hammer.

The number of people specifically identifying as Atheists was 29,267, while over 13.8 million refused to identify with a faith at all, ticking the "No religion" box on the census form.

Norwich was revealed as the area with the highest proportion of non-religious people, with 41.5% of residents refusing to identify with a faith. The city also possesses the highest proportion of Heavy Metal followers and the 3rd highest proportion of Jedi Knights.

Other non-mainstream religions that had followers in significant numbers included 56,620 Paganists, 39,061 Spiritualists, 2,418 Scientologists and 20,288 Jainists, some of whom sweep the floor with a broom made of cotton threads as they walk along so as not to kill any insects. :huh:

More than 4 million people didn't state a religion at all on their form.

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compl3x    6,252

Grow up. Calling yourself a Jedi was funny a few decades ago, now it is just ****in' stupid.

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redfish    390

Grow up. Calling yourself a Jedi was funny a few decades ago, now it is just ****in' stupid.

Lesson this one must learn. Fear leads to hate, and hate leads to suffering.

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Intersect    231

and suffering leads to trolling on neowin lol

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Javik    3,961

Grow up. Calling yourself a Jedi was funny a few decades ago, now it is just ****in' stupid.

No more stupid than any of the other mainstream religions. At least those who tick Jedi for the most part know that it's a complete joke.

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LaP    1,707

Booohooooo

All hail the FSM

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McKay    3,695

Grow up. Calling yourself a Jedi was funny a few decades ago, now it is just ****in' stupid.

Does "grow up" in your books mean "No fun allowed"

By any chance is this you?

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sagum    352

Booohooooo

All hail the FSM

Arrrr, ramen! :ninjapirate:

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The_Observer    293

Grow up. Calling yourself a Jedi was funny a few decades ago, now it is just ****in' stupid.

Believing in a fictional book is also another stupid idea, but christians seem to do so!

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firey    3,579

Grow up. Calling yourself a Jedi was funny a few decades ago, now it is just ****in' stupid.

And belieiving in some invisible guy who floats up in the sky isn't?

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theyarecomingforyou    9,094

Grow up. Calling yourself a Jedi was funny a few decades ago, now it is just ****in' stupid.

All religions are stupid but at least people who identify themselves as Jedi keep it to themselves and aren't ruining the planet like Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

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Intersect    231

when the next census is due we should all put down neowinion as a religion

and our 10 commandments should come from the fabled neowin rule book.

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InsaneNutter    942

The recent threads on the front page lined up pretty well! ;)

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Growled    3,880

Until they can do the Jedi Mind Trick they are JINO (Jedi in Name Only).

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Calum    815

when the next census is due we should all put down neowinion as a religion

and our 10 commandments should come from the fabled neowin rule book.

All hail our Lord and Saviour:

UDr55F

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*RedBull*    608

^ whoa...that's kinda scary.. :s

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+warwagon    9,657

No different than any other religion. Someone makes it up, people follow it.

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Growled    3,880

All hail our Lord and Saviour:

UDr55F

No wonder I feel this sense of impending doom. :D

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Shiranui    1,680

No more stupid than any of the other mainstream religions. At least those who tick Jedi for the most part know that it's a complete joke.

The point is that putting your religious affiliation as "none" would be more useful.

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compl3x    6,252

Lesson this one must learn. Fear leads to hate, and hate leads to suffering.

and suffering leads to trolling on neowin lol

Does "grow up" in your books mean "No fun allowed"

By any chance is this you?

old-man.jpg

Believing in a fictional book is also another stupid idea, but christians seem to do so!

And belieiving in some invisible guy who floats up in the sky isn't?

All religions are stupid but at least people who identify themselves as Jedi keep it to themselves and aren't ruining the planet like Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

The point is simple. The joke isn't funny anymore. It was funny when people did it a few decades ago, it isn't funny now. And arguably counter-productive.

As a side note, I'm completely non-religious and an atheist. All religions are equaly false in my view. It's just this joke isn't funny anymore. Religion info on the census is actually used for specific purposes. Putting joke religions is stupid.

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alan    1

its getting abit old 'Jedi' now. And also it would be a religion owned by disney :/

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+The Evil Overlord    17,422

I always wanted to be a sith lord... oh those star destroyers, walkers, death star......

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jakem1    1,610

The point is simple. The joke isn't funny anymore. It was funny when people did it a few decades ago, it isn't funny now. And arguably counter-productive.

You'll be pleased to know that the number of people claiming to be jedis more than halved since the previous census.

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theyarecomingforyou    9,094
The point is simple. The joke isn't funny anymore. It was funny when people did it a few decades ago, it isn't funny now. And arguably counter-productive.

And as I said before, at least it's a harmless "joke". Organised religion on the other hand is the bane of the 'civilised' world, responsible for millions of deaths and unimaginable suffering. I'm not concerned about all the people identifying themselves as Jedi on the census - I'm concerned about all the people labelling themselves Christian, Muslim or Jewish.

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Raa    1,407

The problem with the Jedi religion is...

... they force you into it! :laugh:

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