It turns out the Force isn’t really with us, after all.
Over in Britain, the Temple of the Jedi Order had applied for official status as a recognized religion by the government’s Charity Commission for England and Wales. Meaning it would’ve been eligible for tax breaks, non-profit status, and all the potential perks that abound under that designation. But alas, it turns out believing in the Force isn’t enough for those Sith rule makers.
The New York Times reports the group argued its work furthers "the religion of Jediism, for the public benefit worldwide, in accordance with the Jedi Doctrine.” But the commission wasn’t buying it. The group is comprised of around 177,000 members in the U.K., but the commission still didn’t believe these wayward warriors could actually “promote moral or ethical improvement” in British residents.
The Jedi religion is growing pretty quickly in different places, which is causing all kinds of trouble for Census bureaus. But, problems or not, it’s still pretty funny. Just don’t try to take your case to the government, because that’s apparently where the Star Wars love comes to an end.
But, even in this time of mourning, just remember: “I am one with the Force. The Force is with me.”
(Via The New York Times)