Weird news: “Jedi Knights” most popular alternative religion in Britain

According to the 2011 census, there are more Jedi than there are Scientologists or Atheists

Topics: Weird news of the day, jedi, Star Wars, Religion, England,

Britain’s 2011 census results just came out: Of the 240,000 people who picked “other religion,” almost 74 percent  listed themselves as Jedi Knights — making it the most popular alternative religion in England and Wales.

But the noble Jedi are losing ground, it seems. That number has fallen from 2001, when a campaign helped bring in 390,000 responses. There are still officially more Jedi walking around than there are Pagans, Atheists, Agnostics, Heathens and Scientologists, however.

h/t the New York Daily News

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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