Thousands choose Star Wars-inspired religion in Czech census

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Dec 16, 2012, 12:07 PM EST

Looks like Scientologists aren't the only ones to choose an alien-based faith: More than 15,000 citizens of the Czech Republic identified themselves as Jedi knights. (Mental powers not included.)

Not that you should think that the Czech Republic is having some Force-based spiritual awakening: About a million people checked the Roman Catholic box on a census this past March, while 15,070 opted for the Jedi path—and a full 3.6 million people said they weren't religious at all.

According to Stanislav Drapal, deputy head of the country's statistical office, the decision to even allow for Jedi self-identification didn't come lightly:

"We included this option [in the census form] despite a fierce debate over whether it's serious or not. But it's not up to statisticians to say what is or is not a religion."

Impressive logic from a government employee. Wonder if he was raised Vulcan ...

(via Heat Vision)