Have you been thinking it’d be a fun idea to list yourself as a Jedi in the religion portion of official paperwork? Maybe when you register to vote or in those pesky email surveys? Well, what seems harmless and fun has actually become a something of a problem in Australia. In the 2011 census, 64,390 Australians were listed as practicing Jedi. That’s more than just a few jokesters. Now as the 2016 census approaches, some people are begging their fellow citizens to stop putting Jedi as their religion. This poster has been circulating stating why citizens should forego listing themselves as a Jedi:
Okay, so who cares if people are listing Jedi as their religion? What’s the harm? Well, since so many people are listing Jedi on the “Other” portion of the Religion section these days, it’s actually making Australia appear more religious than it is and skewing census data. The president of the Atheist Foundation of Australia says that “answering the religion question thoughtfully and honestly matters because it benefits all Australians when decisions on how to spend taxpayer dollars are made on sound data that accurately reflects modern-day Australia.”
Time to lose your Jedi religion. If you’re a genuine follower of the Jedi beliefs, that’s great. But maybe take an extra moment to consider how your answers will impact the accuracy of your census data. May the Force be with you.
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