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23 January 2008 @ 05:37 pm
Because Australians can do whatever they want :D lol 

A popular replacement for Atheist during the 2001 Australian Census was "Jedi" (see also Jedi census phenomenon).

*insert evil laugh*

Also, I can't WAIT for this. hot damn. *swoons over mcavoy*
flyersun: Start Wars - flyersun on January 23rd, 2008 07:09 am (UTC)
People over here have been doing that for years lol and I bet they do in America to!
ellymelly: save the world?ellymelly on January 23rd, 2008 07:45 am (UTC)

i was just surprized by the sheer volume we had here - it outranked a lot of other major religions. :D i did it in protest of religion in general but I'm sure we could convince the government that it was a real religion... (okay, so i just want a pet yoda)
flyersun: Firefly - River  (Goggles)flyersun on January 25th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
I think there was a campaign to make it the number one religion on the senses here one year but I think it didn't work out something.. I don't remember what ended up being number one.
This letter comes with all my love - Please eat it: X-Files:Mulder:It´s your dork boyfriendwhale_in_space on January 23rd, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
Ha! I heard about british "Jedis" a while ago but I just learned what a census is and that WE don´t have it. :-( No being "Jedi" for me...
ellymelly: outerspaceellymelly on January 23rd, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
you don't have a census... lol we have them all the time - and the guys that come to collect them are REALLY persistent!

we started the jedi thing, and spread like a plague:D lol, i love chain mail.

where do you live again?
This letter comes with all my love - Please eat it: X-Files:pencilswhale_in_space on January 24th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
lol, germany ...and apparently my parents and grandparents were resistant to the census (exactly the year I was born).It´s funny how I thought the Brits were a little crazy trying to make "Jedi" an official religion and never got the story behind it because I had never heard of such a thing as a census.
ellymellyellymelly on January 24th, 2008 06:29 am (UTC)
of course, i remebered your country of origin about as soon as i asked you lol *feels like an idiot*

apparantly the story goes, when our new census was annouced, they had included a religious questionaire section. Only the main religions were listed (and they left out things like humanism, atheism etc...) so in protest, a chain email started up instructing (or daring) australians to declare themselves 'jedi'. the reasons for doing so were listed as:

1. to protest the narrowmindedness of the religions listed.
2. to indicate that we would like atheism listed as an option considering it's the fasted growing movement in australia.
3. to annoy people. :D

they threatened us with fines, but there was no way they were going to seriously track all of us down... lol after our jedi success, other countries started picking it up.

i think most of us did it to annoy... lol the census is such a pain in the ass... i think i listed my nationality as 'cylon' (i can't remember how restrained i was at the time).
This letter comes with all my love - Please eat it: BSG:Toasters channelling Gaetarwhale_in_space on January 24th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
HAHA! Cylon is even better than Jedi, I´d like to hear that in the news,lol.Awesome, movements like these proof that a)disobedience can be sooo much fun and b) there´s always hope for a change, I mean how discriminating is it to assume veryone has a religion ?