- Aug 21, 2006
UN asked to acknowledge new religion
November 16 2006 at 02:06PM
Two self-acclaimed Jedi Knights want their faith to be formally recognised.
Umada and Yunyun, also known as John Wilkinson and Charlotte Law, want the United Nations to acknowledge Jedi is worthy of being called a religion.
It comes after 400 000 people recorded it as their faith in the 2001 Census.
They also want Thursday's International Day for Tolerance renamed Interstellar Day of Tolerance.
Umada and Yunyun said: "For the last ten years the United Nations has marked the International Day of Tolerance. While we support this important work, we feel the UN needs to move with the times.
"Like the UN, the Jedi Knights are peacekeepers and we feel we have the basic right to express our religion through wearing our robes, and to be recognised by the national and international community.
"We therefore are calling upon the United Nations Association to change November 16 to the UN Interstellar Day of Tolerance, to reflect the religious make-up of our twenty-first century civilisation."
More people claimed to be Jedi in the census in England and Wales than those who follow Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism.
There are also said to be 70 000 Jedi knights in Australia, 53 000 in New Zealand, and 20 000 in Canada. - Ananova.com
Okay, Jedi as a religion I get. Interstellar day of tolerance? Noooo...