The BBC pointed out that, according to a 2001 census study, a total of 14,000 people in Scotland chose to voluntarily disclose their religion of choice to be Jedi. It’s one thing for a few cops, from the same department to joke around and claim to be Jedi, but it’s quite another thing for 14,000 people to be in on the same joke. The good people of Scotland shouldn’t get all the Jedi credit though. That same year, some 390,000 people in England and Wales claimed Jedi as their religion. That’s a total of 404,000 Jedi in the UK alone. For that many people to be in on a joke way back in 2001 would be definitely a stretch, to say the least. For a few Scottish cops to be claiming the same thing, nearly 8 years later though, makes me believe that being a Jedi is more than just a joke for many of these people. Call me crazy, but my guess is that these Jedi are more than just fans of the movies; these are fans that actually connect with the concept of the Force, and the awareness of it, as a philosophy of life of sorts.
The BBC mentioned that last year, two brothers founded the UK Church of The Jedi. Barney and Daniel Jones apparently had enough interest in their religion of choice, to create a church that, according to the article, “offered sermons on the Force, light sabre training, and meditation techniques.” Maybe this a way of life for some people? That’s my take on it all, but I’d like to hear yours though. I’d also like to find out why I haven’t heard about any Jedi here in the U.S. or anywhere else for that matter. If you know something about this that I don’t, or have something to say about it, please, be my guest. I'd love to hear from members of the Church of The Jedi in particular.
One last question for all of you, if you had the chance to go check out the Church of the Jedi, would you?