Anti-Jedi Campaign

IO9 had a fascinating article recently about the growing number of people who list themselves as “Jedi” on the Australian census. Some atheists have started a campaign to discourage this, because they regard these self-declared Jedi as in fact non-religious people who, by answering “Jedi” instead of “none,” are making Australia seem more religious than it is.

Here’s a poster they created for their campaign:

Don't mark Jedi

You can read more about the issue, and the campaign, in the Brisbane Times. But is this just part of Order 66, a diabolical plot by the Sith to wipe out the Jedi in their stronghold down under?

Of related interest, the news broke that [SPOILER ALERT] a planet will be featured in the next Star Wars movie that is a place of pilgrimage for people who miss the Jedi and their connection to the Force, and are losing their faith as a result of the Jedi being wiped out. The planet will apparently be called…Jedha. In the comments under the article, people suggested other names that might have just as well have been used – such as Jedusalem – while another commenter said:

Sithstanbul was Jedastantinople

Now it’s Sithstanbul, not Jedastantinople…

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  • Phil Ledgerwood

    This assumes that people mark Jedi as a joke, which I’m sure most of them are, but I’m also thinking there’s a segment who are totally serious about it as a reconstructive effort.

    • jh

      Well, it isn’t as if it couldn’t be considered a religion. I’m sure that major components were inspired by existing religions.

      “George Lucas acknowledged Jedi concepts have been inspired by many sources. These include knighthood chivalry, paladinism, samurai bushido, and related institutions in feudal societies, Hinduism, Qigong, Greek philosophy, Greek mythology, Roman history, Roman mythology, parts of the Abrahamic religions, Confucianism, Shintō, Buddhism and Taoism, not to mention countless cinematic precursors. The work of the mythologist Joseph Campbell, especially his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces, directly influenced Lucas, and was what drove him to create the ‘modern myth’ of Star Wars.[8][9]”

      • Phil Ledgerwood

        Sure. I mean, there are a significant number of people who practice older pagan or nature-based religions, and they’re completely sincere even while they acknowledge what they’re doing is a reconstruction and filling in a few things here and there.

    • Kitsune Inari

      Well, there probably are. But this campaign is not aimed at them.