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Posted: March 20th, 2013
Star Wars, the religion, gets a boost toward legitimacy

At least in Scotland it is, where a bill is being introduced allowing nonreligious groups to conduct legal marriage ceremonies.

Who knew Star Wars–specifically, Jediism–is a religion? I guess it makes sense, since there is a Church of Sponge Bob. Why not the Jedi?

According to the BBC, “the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill would apply to other nonreligious groups such as the Flat Earth Society and the Jedi Knights Society, aka Temple of the Jedi Order.”

The pseudo-faith, statistically, is the second largest alternative faith in the U.K. But its followers aren’t limited to that part of the world. “Recently, a group calling itself theGolden Gate Knights began teaching a light saber choreography class in the San Francisco Bay Area.”

Apparently, if you’re up on Star Wars trivia, you’d already know that Jedi-based matrimonial ceremonies are a bit ironic, since they run counter to one of the fundamental tenets of the Jedi faith. Jedi aren’t allowed to marry.

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