[thechat] Census Officials Blunt Jedi Campaign

Hugh Blair hblair at hotfootmail.com
Sun Oct 14 08:37:27 CDT 2001

Updated: Fri, Oct 12 8:05 AM EDT 

LONDON (Reuters) - The Force will not be with you despite 
many Star Wars fans registering their religion as Jedi 
Knight in this year's British census.

Officials said on Thursday there was "absolutely no 
possibility" of Jedi appearing as a choice of religion 
on future census forms after officials created a code for 
Jedi to help them analyze responses to the 2001 population 

"Because a certain number of people were likely to have put 
Jedi Knight as a response to that question, it has been 
included as a code simply to help speed the forms through 
the machine-readers," a spokesman for the Office of National 
Statistics told Reuters.

"All that will happen is that it will be recorded as 'Other'," 
he said. "It certainly does not mean it is recognized as a 

An email campaign had circulated before the national survey 
in April aiming to persuade up to 10,000 people to enter 
themselves as followers of the science-fiction films' 
mystical faith -- with its mantra "May the Force be with you."

The spokesman said it was up to Parliament to decide on what 
questions appeared in the next census, due in 2011.

"There is absolutely no possibility of it appearing on the 
census form," he said.

"We will not be using taxpayers' money to publish how many 
people put 'Jedi' in," he added.

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