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Jedi knights 'to make Scotland their intergalactic wedding hub', say presbyterians
The Telegraph UK ^ | March 20, 2013 | John Bingham

Posted on 05/17/2013 7:26:38 AM PDT by Alex Murphy

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The Church's predictions came as it launched an attack on plans by the First Minister, Alex Salmond, for a new class of “belief” ceremonies – alongside traditional religious and civil weddings.

The Scottish Government is currently attempting to overhaul the marriage laws north of the border, primarily to introduce same-sex marriage.

But the bill would also include a wider update of matrimonial laws including plans to create a “third way” to get married, through so-called “belief” ceremonies to accommodate those who do not belief in a deity but do but do promote a belief system.

It follows the popularity of humanist weddings in Scotland, which have outstripped even the Roman Catholic Church in popularity.

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But The Rev Iver Martin, spokesman for the Free Church of Scotland, said the plan was “nonsensical” as humanists are already free to conduct weddings in Scotland.

He said: “We are faced with the Scottish Government seeking to create a new category for something which already happens under the current system, which is completely nonsensical.”

“We would also question whether this category only includes humanists or will it allow for any belief?

“Could the Jedi Knights or members of the Flat Earth Society be registered as belief celebrants?

“We believe that once the legislation is passed the issues and complications will not go away.”

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In the 2001 census almost 400,000 people in England and Wales registered themselves as “Jedi” followers on their census forms.

But it was not because hundreds of thousands of people had succumbed to the power of the Force – it followed an internet campaign to subvert the census findings on religion. An email urging people to write Jedi on their census forms aid: “Do it because you love Star Wars ... or just to annoy people”.

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TOPICS: Mainline Protestant; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture; Skeptics/Seekers
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[The Free Church of Scotland]'s predictions came as it launched an attack on plans by the First Minister, Alex Salmond, for a new class of “belief” ceremonies – alongside traditional religious and civil weddings. The Scottish Government is currently attempting to overhaul the marriage laws north of the border, primarily to introduce same-sex marriage. But the bill would also include a wider update of matrimonial laws including plans to create a “third way” to get married, through so-called “belief” ceremonies to accommodate those who do not belief in a deity but do but do promote a belief system. It follows the popularity of humanist weddings in Scotland, which have outstripped even the Roman Catholic Church in popularity....

....In the 2001 census almost 400,000 people in England and Wales registered themselves as “Jedi” followers on their census forms. But it was not because hundreds of thousands of people had succumbed to the power of the Force – it followed an internet campaign to subvert the census findings on religion. An email urging people to write Jedi on their census forms aid: “Do it because you love Star Wars ... or just to annoy people”.

1 posted on 05/17/2013 7:26:38 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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I was just made by the Presbyterian Church
2 posted on 05/17/2013 7:34:16 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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...accommodate those who do not belief in a deity but do but do promote a belief system.

Why? What good is any kind of "belief" system without God? It's just made-up. The individual is god, or may try to be in the comparative instant of her existence.

Though with God, there is ordered structure. And God says it is Good.

3 posted on 05/17/2013 7:59:15 AM PDT by onedoug
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I doubt their Islamic overlords will approve any of this “Jedi” nonsense...


4 posted on 05/17/2013 8:06:37 AM PDT by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equalA "Target-rich environment.")
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I guess the Brits should’ve thought more carefully before allowing so many Tusken Raiders to immigrate.


5 posted on 05/17/2013 9:31:47 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Alex Murphy

Isn’t that what we call freedom of conscience?


6 posted on 05/17/2013 9:44:36 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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before allowing so many Tusken Raiders to immigrate.

So that's what those things are..

Had to look "Tusken Raiders" up,

Not a big "Star Wars "fan...

Very apt for the "Sand Amish"
7 posted on 05/17/2013 3:05:01 PM PDT by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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