The Sith are most definitely behind this ridiculous ruling. December 2016 was a bad time for initiates of the Temple of the Jedi Order, as it was decided that the belief system did not qualify for legal status in the UK. The ruling declared that Jediism was unfit to be a religion as it did promote moral improvement.
For any who might be less than familiar with the mythology of midichlorians, Jedi are believers in The Force; a universal power described in Star Wars: A New Hope as “an energy field created by all living beings”. Followers of Jediism place their faith in The Force entirely, trusting in its power, its fundamental nature of balance and their own eternal life within it.
Although deemed to officially not be a religion by the Charity Commission in 2016, Jediism has an interesting and varied history.
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, it was the dominant religion within the Galactic Republic for a thousand years before being all but wiped out. In an unlikely turn of events, the Jedi resurfaced on Earth, in England, in 2001 when a national census revealed that 390,000 people identified as adherents to Jediism.
This made it the seventh most popular religion at the time, outnumbering both Rastafarians and Jains according to the BBC.
Sadly, it was revealed to be a tongue-in-cheek response by some hilarious atheists to the appearance of a question in the census regarding religious belief. However, a group of Star Wars fans have taken the stunt further. In 2011, another census showed that 177,000 people followed Jediism and were apparently adhering to a system of faith and religious codes.
Despite the setback in being denied official status as a religion, the leader of the Church of Jedism in the UK Daniel Jones remains optimistic and promises that “Jediism’s status will change in the next five years.”
Jedi tend to be optimistic, because as we all know, fear is the path to the dark side.