Skip to comments.Jedi nights at Kev's temple in Honley
Posted on 11/03/2005 3:11:14 PM PST by Tamar1973
PROUD house-owner Kevin Andrews. of Honley. wants to turn his home into a temple - a Jedi temple.
Kev says: "At the last census, I registered my religion as Jedi. And so did thousands of other people. Now I want to turn my house into a Jedi Temple."
Jedi Knights Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi fought the good fight against evil in the Star Wars films.
But their popularity was a bit of a surprise when the 2001 census for England and Wales asked people's religion.
The census-takers prepared a list of 179 that included everything from Amish to African Methodist, Mennonite to Catholic, Muslim to Humanist. The list went on - and on. Druidism, Pagan, Occult, Satanism, Scientology and the Free Church of Love. But what a turn-up when the results came in.
And guess who came fourth? Jedi Knights with 390,000, ahead of Sikhs (336,000), Jews (267,000) and Buddhists (149,000). They left all those other religions trailing in their wake.
"As the fourth biggest religion in the country, it's about time we had a place of worship other than the UCI cinema," says Kev, who runs his own electrical business.
He plans on erecting a light-sabre in the back garden, but don't be surprised if it looks like a fluorescent tube that is plugged into the mains. He will also be available to fit similar sabres for disciples at a reasonable cost.
Services will include re-runs of Star Wars films on DVD and will include the usual collection.
"Cash donations will not be compulsory," he says. "Unless you want a light-sabre fitting in an unlikely place."
He is keen to get a plastic version of Yoda the Jedi Master. If not, he's asked me to go round and sit on a plinth. After all, we're about the same height.
And Kev the Jedi Knight sees other benefits of living in a temple, such as tax relief and exemption from rates.
He might have something.
I'm thinking of becoming a Grand Master Warlock of the Church of Free Love. Services at our house every Saturday night behind closed curtains. Small donation required to cover cheese dips and torn stockings.
Well, it sounds a lot more fun than re-runs of Star Wars films.
"Unless you want a light-sabre fitting in an unlikely place."
Naaaah, Way to easy.
Btw: Brilliant pic, I'm stealing it.
In the last UK census, as g-d is my witness, the official tally showed more Jedi than Jews in Britain.
They say that Jews only make up 2% of the US population. I don't know what % of the British population is British. However, if I were a Jew liviing in Britian, statistics like this would make me consider getting on the first plane and making aliyah to Israel.
Are people really this batty in the UK? Has liberalism warped them this much? Is this what the USA has to look forward to--more Jedi than Jews?!
...yada yada yada virgin birth yada yada yada...
I wear a Darth Vader watch on one wrist, and a "Sith Lord" rubber bracelet on the other.
Obviously, I oppose the foundation of a Jedi temple.
By the way, there are not more Jedi than Jews in Britain. To even suggest it is a stupid idea.
Press Association, the British news agency, said an email campaign had encouraged Britons to put "Jedi Knight" on their forms when asked about their religious affiliation. The campaign, whose origins are not known, sought to convince up to 10,000 people.
Statistics in this regard are therefore skewed.
Sounds like they were able to convince a lot more than 10,000 people to commit to being a Jedi on their census forms.
Maybe some of them can hop across the Channel and help out the French with their little Dark Side problem.
Here we are going though intensive Jedi training...