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Britain Denies Religious Status to Jedi

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The U.K. Charity Commission has ruled that Jediism, a religion based on the teachings of the fictional Star Wars universe, is not a religion. The Charity Commission is the independent regulator and registrar of charities in England and Wales.

Star Wars is one of the most successful film franchises of all time. It’s popularity has been constant since the release of A New Hope nearly 40 years ago. Star Wars has infiltrated nearly every aspect of culture–including religion. Known colloquially as Jediism, the Temple of the Jedi Order, has become quite popular in some circles. Information from the U.K.’s 2011 census reveal that Jediism is the seventh largest religion in the U.K., with 177,000 adherents, making Jediism more popular than Rastafarianism or Jainism. – READ MORE

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