For Easter, There’s a Display Honoring Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Wisconsin State Capitol

A couple of years ago, the Atheists, Humanists, & Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison discovered that anyone could put up a display in the State Capitol Building as long as the person filled out the proper paperwork.

So to counter the Nativity Scenes around Christmas, they put up signs honoring gods from Game of Thrones.

Last Easter, they honored the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

And this year? They’re going with Jedis.


The poster, designed by AHA, is based on a modern, newer religion called Jedism. Its followers worship Jedis such as Obi-Wan Kenobi, from the Star Wars movies. Their poster reads “One Man Died for All”, referring to the Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi. The poster displays a portrait of Obi-Wan Kenobi as a Jedi, but is oftentimes confused as a portrait of Jesus. Their poster asks the following questions with respective answers: “Who is this man?” “Obi-Wan Kenobi”, “Why is it important that we remember him?” “To escape the death star”, and “How does his death help us?” “Because he comes back as a ghost at times and it can be quite surprising”.

The kicker is at the very bottom.

Do you think Jedism in the capitol is ridiculous?

So do we! Protect the separation of church and state.

Happy Easter!

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.