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‘Star Wars’ fans religiously devoted
May the Force be with you. Amen.
More than 70,000 fans of the “Star Wars” movies have upset Australia’s statistics agency by identifying their religion as “Jedi” during last year’s national census.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics said Tuesday that 0.37 percent of the nation’s population of 19 million, or 70,509 people, had written Jedi or a related response to an optional question about their faith when the head count was taken last August.
Jedi is a mystical faith followed by some of the central characters in the “Star Wars” films.
The prank began early last year when “Star Wars” fans circulated an e-mail across Australia saying the government would be forced to recognize Jedi as an official religion if at least 10,000 people named it on the census.
When made aware of the campaign, the statistics agency announced that respondents faced a fine of 1,000 Australian dollars ($540) if they were found to have given false information.
In a statement Tuesday on its Internet site, the agency did not say whether it would try to fine the Jedi faithful. But it warned that the Australian public ultimately paid the price for census-related pranks.
“If, for example, people of a particular religious affiliation do not provide the correct information, certain facilities might not be built that otherwise would be,” the agency said.
The government uses data recorded in the national head count every five years to determine population levels and help in policymaking.
The bureau said the Jedi response has been categorized as “not defined” for census purposes. The criteria for recognizing a religion go “beyond the number of responses a particular answer receives in the census,” it said.