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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Australian Standard Classification of Religious Groups, 2005

The current clasification is here.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the word Jedi does not appear anywhere in the entire 132 pages of it. The number "1000" is mentioned as the usual size of the smallest group for which an identifying code is issued, and mention is made of exceptions being made for smaller groups of interest; there appear to be thousands of groups in total.

The implication appears to be that anyone answering Jedi is not answering honestly, which is probably true, but seems a rather cavalier attitude to take toward someone's profession of belief, no matter how absurd-seeming; even the "Aetherius Society (Flying Saucer Group)" merits a mention.