A new survey in England shows that the Jedi faith is the seventh most prevalent faith in England. The new figures reveal that the lightsabre-wielding follows Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism. Notably, non-religious or non-responding individuals are excluded in the rankings. This leaves those who “trust the force” as one of the leading religions in the country. The number of atheists, agnostics, and non-affiliated citizens have risen significantly in England, including polls that suggest that over half of the country now follows no identified religion.
The 2001 census shows 390,127 people identifying themselves as followers of the fictional Star Wars creed. However, the Jedis are having the same crisis of faith as other religions. The number of Jedis has dropped by more than 50 percent in the last ten years. Those lost followers however cannot deter the force. As Master Yoda said, “The fear of loss is a path to the Dark Side.”
Yet, there is still the most selected “alternative” faith in England and Wales. There are also 6,242 people who profess membership in the Heavy Metal religion created in 2010 by the Rock magazine, Metal Hammer.
All of this must be troubling to the Prime Minister who has declared England as “Christian country.”