By Matthew Knott
Kylie Sturgess loves science fiction – so much that at the last census, the radio tutor marked “Jedi” in the religion section. Her husband, who has attended several sci-fi conventions with her, did the same.
“We thought: why not put down Jedi?” Ms Sturgess said.
“It seemed hilarious.
“We didn’t really reflect on it.”
Ms Sturgess and her husband were far from alone.
In the 2011 census 64,390 Australians marked Jedi as their religion, up from 58,053 in 2006. This put the number of Jedi in Australia just behind Sikhs and above Seventh Day Adventists.
The Jedi phenomenon began in 2001 when an email campaign mistakenly claimed the government would have to recognise it as an official religion if 8000 people selected it in the census.
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