21. The Jedi Census Phenomenon

09 Feb

FACT: In 2001 there was a grassroots movement in many English-speaking countries of the world which has since been referred to as the ‘Jedi Census Phenomenon.’ In which hundreds of thousands of people listed their current religion as ‘Jedi’ or ‘Jedi Knight.’ So large was this movement that in a few select countries, ‘Jediism’ overtook major religions such as Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism.

The most extreme example was in New Zealand where out of nowhere Jediism suddenly became larger than all other religions with the exception of Christianity (and Atheism, but Atheism is by definition a lack of religious belief so it doesn’t count).


Posted by on February 9, 2011 in Trivia


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7 responses to “21. The Jedi Census Phenomenon

  1. Anonymous

    March 15, 2016 at 14:04

    This is great still using in 2016

  2. Brandon Carruthers

    January 14, 2012 at 05:01

    By the By I love this page good work

  3. Brandon Carruthers

    January 14, 2012 at 04:56

    (and Atheism, but Atheism is by definition a lack of religious belief so it doesn’t count).

    The Word Atheism is a rejection of any form of Theism, just the main form of relifiouse belief.
    Many people reject the existence of many or even one God yet still have a religion. ie what Christians call Pagan and it is debatable if Buddhism is even Theocratical but im ignorant so forgive me

  4. Anonymous

    August 9, 2011 at 05:58

    Thats not correct as it does now appear on census forms…this needs to be updated…and soon, although we havent had a census this year although one was due because the month it was supposed to be we had a LOT of large earthquakes and as a lot of people were displaced they decided to leave it untill next year 2012 to allow for people either moving away permantly or to return once things settle down aftershock wise.

    • Alexandre R.D.M. Coates

      August 15, 2011 at 03:36

      due to my inability to conclusively prove or disprove the last statement I have removed the end passage. Thank you for pointing out the error.

  5. Canatheist

    February 9, 2011 at 02:04

    Odd as many countries are so fast to accommodate for minorities…and here they had a chance to actually do something for the majority. Typical, I suppose.

    • Alexandre R.D.M. Coates

      February 10, 2011 at 00:42

      A most interesting slant to take.
      An important thing to consider about this movement is that the reasoning was so varied. It was started to poke fun at some governments, however for many it was their way of objecting to the inclusion of a religious affiliation question within the census.

      For others though it was just a funny idea to be a ‘Jediist’.


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