Monday, March 27, 2006

May the Farce Be with You

Over 70,000 people (0.37 percent of the population) listed "Jedi" as their religious preference in the 2001 Australian census. Apparently most did so in response to an e-mail hoax that said the Star Wars faith could be recognized as an official religion in Australia if enough people expressed a preference for it.

This, of course, is very old news, but I just learned of it today while reading an article in USA Today about another modern religion: Pastafarianism, or worship of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Yeah, I know. This ranks right up there with my recent post about the computer virus spreading to humans. (Incidentally, a technically astute person explained to me today how that might actually be possible. Bottom line: Make sure you've got up-to-date virus protection if you ever have a programmable pacemaker implanted.)

But at least there's a Pepperdine connection here. Mark Coppenger, father of 2005 grad Chesed Coppenger, is quoted in the USA Today story.