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Jedi Knights demand Britain’s fourth largest ‘religion’ receives recognition
16th November 2006

With their vast intergalactic knowledge and ability to harness the
Force, the task of convincing UN officials to recognize their cause
should be a walkover for a pair of Jedi Knights.

But self-proclaimed Jedis Umada and Yunyun, better known as John
Wilkinson and Charlotte Law, have adopted a more conventional approach
in their pursuit of recognition – delivering a protest letter.

The unconventional pair are calling for the UN to acknowledge what has
become Britain’s fourth largest ‘religion’ with 390,000 followers.

The UN International Day of Tolerance, which takes place annually on
November 16, is aimed at emphasizing the dangers of intolerance and
promoting integration and cohesion across the globe.

Umada, 27, and Yunyun, 24, both from London, want the day to be renamed
the ‘Interstellar Day of Tolerance’ to reflect millions of people
across the globe who have chosen to follow the Jedi code as a religion
and truly reflect social diversity.

For the protest in Whitehall, the couple will wear full Jedi Knight
robes and will be accompanied by a host of supporters including Star
Wars favourite Chewbacca with a placard reading ‘Tolerance for

Umada and Yunyun said: ‘For the last ten years the United Nations has
marked the International Day of Tolerance. While we support this
important work, we feel the UN needs to move with the times.

‘Like the UN, the Jedi Knights are peacekeepers and we feel we have
the basic right to express our religion through wearing our robes, and
to be recognised by the national and international community.

‘We therefore are calling upon the United Nations Association to
change November 16 to the UN Interstellar Day of Tolerance, to reflect
the religious make-up of our twenty-first century civilization.

‘Tolerance is about respecting difference where ever it lies,
including other galaxies. Please don’t exclude us from your important
work. May the Force be with you.’

In the 2001 UK Census 390,000 people listed their religion as Jedi
Knight making it the fourth biggest belief in the country.

There are also an estimated 70,000 Jedi knights in Australia, 53,000 in
New Zealand and 20,000 in Canada.

The United Nations Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is
the UK’s leading independent authority on the UN and a UK-wide
grassroots membership organization.

Although the association is independent of the United Nations, Yunyun
and Umada hope the organization will take on the case with the global
peace-keeping body.

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