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Alcuin
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National Census Question. Why Jedi is an old joke.
on: August 1, 2016, 13:05

The Census question on religion on which governmental policies are often partly founded has been debated in many Commonwealth countries with Australia among the more sensible...
http://mashable.com/2016/08/01/australia-census-jedi/#PNwzdJGO7mq8

From (Australia):
http://censusnoreligion.org.au/
According to the ABS Census Dictionary, 2011 agnosticism, atheism, humanism and rationalism are recorded as sub-categories of 'No religion'. You might as well mark the box provided: 'No religion'. Unquote.

As regards the UK, from:
https://humanism.org.uk/campaigns/successful-campaigns/census-2011/
The Census data on religion still gives a misleading picture of the religiosity of the UK, despite the rise in the percentage of non-religious. This is because of the flawed nature of the Census question on religion. ‘What is your religion?’, the question which was used in England and Wales in the 2001 and 2011 Censuses, is a loaded question, because it assumes that the respondent has a religion. In addition, many respondents who answer this question by ticking a religion only do so because their family brought them up in that faith, not because they still believe in it or actively practice it. The data on religious belief in the Census should therefore be viewed as indicative of the loosest of cultural affiliation rather than of any sense of belonging, belief, or practice.
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Jedi, like pastafarianism is very funny but maybe enough is enough now?

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