Jediism became accepted as a religion following the Jedi census phenomenon in 2001 and the preceding email campaign to put "Jedi" as an answer to the census religion classification question. The phenomenon attracted the attention of sociologist of religion Adam Possamai who analyzed it in the framework of what he dubs "hyper-real religion". Although inspired by elements of Star Wars, Jediism has no founder or central structure.
Jediism believers align themselves with the moral code demonstrated by the fictional Jedi. Although Jedi acknowledge the influence of Star Wars on their religion, they also insist their path is different from that of the fictional characters; to some, Jediism focuses more on the principles common to many religions than it does on the myth and fiction found in Star Wars.
A common belief among Jedi is the "Jedi Code":
There is no emotion, there is peace.
There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.There is no death, there is the Force.
There is no passion, there is serenity.
There is no chaos, there is harmony.
Sometimes, the line "There is no chaos, there is harmony." is omitted. Some groups have adopted an alternative phrasing:
Emotion, yet peace.
Ignorance, yet knowledge.Death, yet the Force.
Passion, yet serenity.
(Chaos, yet harmony.)
Popularity and reaction 
Census figures released in 2012 of England and Wales showed 176,632 respondents indicated "Jediism" as their faith, making it the most common "alternative" faith and the seventh most common overall. This was a decrease from 390,127 Jedi in the 2001 census.
During the drafting of the UK Racial and Religious Hatred Act, an amendment was proposed that excluded Jedi Knights from any protection. The amendment was subsequently withdrawn, the proposer having made his point that defining religious belief in legislation is difficult.
In 2009, a Jediist customer was removed from a Tesco Supermarket in Bangor, North Wales, for refusing to remove his hood on a religious basis; the owner justified the boot by saying, "He hasn't been banned. Jedis are very welcome to shop in our stores although we would ask them to remove their hoods. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Luke Skywalker all appeared hoodless without ever going over to the Dark Side and we are only aware of the Emperor as one who never removed his hood." The following year, a Jediist was thrown out of a Jobcentre in Southend, Essex, for refusing to remove his hood; he later received an apology.
See also 
- Jedi census phenomenon
- New religious movement
- Philosophy and religion in Star Wars
- The Dharma of Star Wars
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