Turkey’s top religious body slams ‘Jedi religion’

After recently slamming the warped theology of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Turkey’s top religious body may have another formidable enemy: The Jedi.

In an article for the latest edition of the Directorate of Religious Affairs’ (Diyanet) monthly magazine, Marmara University Assistant Professor Bilal Yorulmaz has warned of the spreading new “religion” of Jediism – the religion of the Jedi warriors in the Star Wars series.

“Jediism … is spreading today in Christian societies. Around 70,000 people in Australia and 390,000 people in England currently define themselves as Jedis,” Yorulmaz wrote, before engaging in an Islamic-based critique of a number of Hollywood blockbusters.

He also slammed Turkish theatre and cinema producers over what he described as the “ill-minded” presentation of religious people as “bad characters” and also giving Islamic-themed names to unintelligent characters.

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  • luna

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jediism

    In April 2015, the students of Dokuz Eylül University in Turkey started a petition on Change.org demanding a Jedi temple be built on the campus. The petition was in response to a previous petition which had demanded a mosque on campus of Istanbul Technical University (İTÜ).

  • topposter

    Around 70,000 people in Australia and 390,000 people in England currently define themselves as Jedis.

    Well then, I guess that makes it the world’s fastest growing religion. 🙂

  • ontario john

    That is why no pictures of mohammad are allowed. Because he is Darth Vader.

  • BillyHW

    That’s funny, whenever I hear an Islamic name like Mohammed, I think “Nobel Prize Winner”. Doesn’t everybody?

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  • It isn’t a real religion.

    The Great Pumpkin, on the other hand…

  • Richard K

    I find the Turks’ lack of faith disturbing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbltJ70Zzx8

  • Justin St.Denis

    OMG! Even the Turks get it right every now and then.

    I think people who refer to themselves as “Jedi” need psychiatric help and support. Do these people regard George Lucas as the ScribeOfTheCreator? I am perplexed. Can someone explain how a sane person can decide that a movie is their religion? Anyone? Hello?

    • pike bishop

      Anyone who would see a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.
      h/t Archie Bunker