Their lack of faith was disturbing
Following last week’s release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the world is once again in a Star Wars frenzy.
Unfortunately, the British government was not “feeling the Force” this week when it voted down the Temple of the Jedi Order’s application to become recognized as a real religion.
Leave it to bureaucracy to ruin everything! Keep reading to get the full story (and how you can join the Jedi Order).
The Temple of the Jedi Order
So much more than a fictional following from a franchise, the Temple of the Jedi Order exists in real life as a “church and international ministry of the religion Jediism and the Jedi way of life.”
According to its site, “Jedi at this site are not the same as those portrayed within the Star Wars franchise. Star Wars Jedi are fictional characters that exist within a literary and cinematic universe.”
Furthermore, “We are a recognized International Ministry and Public Charity; a tax exempt (donations are US income tax deductible) 501(c)3 non-profit organization.”
While they separate themselves from the fictional following, the Temple of the Jedi Order explains their share in the same beliefs.
“The Jedi here are real people that live or lived their lives according to the principles of Jediism, the real Jedi religion or philosophy. Jedi followers, ministers and leaders embrace Jediism as a real living, breathing religion and sincerely believe in its teachings. Jediism does not base its focus on myth and fiction but on the real life issues and philosophies that are at the source of myth. Whether you want to become a Jedi, are a real Jedi looking for additional training or just interested in learning about and discussing The Force, we’re here for you.
“We believe in Peace, Justice, Love, Learning and Benevolence: It is unlikely that the Jedi way conflicts with other beliefs and traditions.”
Unfortunately, in spite of the fact that 177,000 Britons declared their religion as Jediism on the 2011 census, the British Charity Commission was not convinced by the Jedis’ application to become recognized as a tax-exempt religion.
Here’s what the board had to say about the application (it’s a bit harsh). Keep reading!