Any geek would like to tap into The Force from time to time, but jokester Jedi are apparently starting to cause a real problem in Australia.
In the nation’s census, a staggeringly high number of Star Wars fans have been putting “Jedi” down as their religion — a number that has climbed to 65,486 Australian citizens in 2011, according to Mashable. For those wondering, that’s more than the Seventh-Day Adventists, Salvation Army and Orthodox churches in the country.
This is hilarious, right? So, what’s the problem? Well, it’s apparently skewing the religious statistics — making it seem like there are more religious people than actually reside in the country. Oops. So, with the 2016 census looming, atheist groups are making a push to inform residents not to joke in the religion question, and check the “No Religion” box if applicable.
The president of the Atheist Foundation of Australia, Kylie Sturgess, told The Brisbane Times that the Jedi joke can misrepresent the number of religious people in the country, possibly skewing everything from perception to potential spending.
Check out the flier for the initiative below and let us know what you think: