Friday, November 17, 2006

U.N. Day Of Tolerance Brings Out Star Wars Fans

Yesterday was the United Nations International Day of Tolerance. Secretary General Kofi Annan released a message (full text) calling for countries to combat religious intolerance through both law and education. Meanwhile in England, two Star Wars film fans marched on the UN's London headquarters asking for the international body to recognize the Jedi Knights as one of the world's religions. One of the protesters, John Wilkinson called on the UN Association to change November 16 — the International Day of Tolerance — to the Interstellar Day of Tolerance. Reporting on this, The Sun says that in the 2001 United Kingdom census, 390,000 people listed their religion as Jedi Knights. This would make it the fourth largest religious group in Britain. The U.N.'s response to all of this was that they are not in the business of certifying religions. (The Raw Story).