According to census, 15,070 Czechs are Jedi knights

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The Force is strong in the Czech Republic: that, or central Europeans are really, really big Kevin Smith fans. According to the most recent official census from the State Formerly Known as Bohemia, more than 15,000 Czechs are registered Jedi knights, listing their official religion on census forms as "Jedi." "Many people adhered to the moral values of Jedi knights from the Star Wars saga," the Czech Statistical Office said in a statement, adding that these people "should Obi-Wan Keno-better. Zing! See what we did there? Ahhh… we have fun at the Czech Statistical Office. I mean, seriously. You should see our Wacky Tie Tuesdays."

According to Stanislav Drapal, the deputy head of the statistical office, 15,000 self-identified Jedis — a group the size of a large town — is "not a negligible social phenomenon." "We included this option in the census form despite a fierce debate over whether it's serious or not," Drapal told reporters, adding that the highest concentration of Jedis lived in Prague. "But it's not up to statisticians to say whether or not it's a religion."

Drapal also noted that five million Czech citizens who took the census did not identify as having a religion at all, which is about half of the country's population of 10.5 million people. The Czech Statistical Office also said that the Jedi faith has amassed a strong following in Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand, and Canada, with new masters being inducted into the fold every day. Now if only Kyrgyzstan could get its act together and get its Golden Girls-based religion off the ground, maybe the key to achieving world peace wouldn't be so far behind.