One of the favorite choices for years on the Census forms when asked for your religion has been Jedi – this is a great alternative for those who don’t feel they fit into the other religious pigeon holes.
There have been other strange choices, but very few of them have been accepted as a legal religion. That is until now…..
The Scandinavian’s have an ability to be somewhat ‘off the wall’ in their approach to many things in life – they probably have to as they tend to live in some ‘interesting’ conditions. In any event a bit of a difference is rather refreshing in this age of complying. But this one is definitely pretty weird!
The Swedes have legally accepted a new religion – Kopimism. The Swedish government agency Kammarkollegiet finally registered the Church of Kopimism as a religious organisation shortly before Christmas. Now the name sounds quite mystical doesn’t it – but I bet you won’t be able to guess just what the religion is based around!
The answer is – file sharing – by anyones standard that is a rather ‘off the wall’ basis for a religion, but the argument for its acceptance goes like this;
The Church of Kopimism claims that “kopyacting” – sharing information through copying – is akin to a religious service. The “spiritual leader” of the church said recognition was a “large step”. He has also come up with what for me is the quote of the year so far;
“It doesn’t mean illegal file-sharing will become legal, any more than if ‘Jedi’ was recognised as a religion everyone would be walking around with light sabres”
Unsurprisingly others are less enthusiastic and say the church will do little to halt the global crackdown on piracy.
No doubt it is only going to appeal to the very geeky from the populations – an example of why (if you need it) -The church holds CTRL+C and CTRL+V (shortcuts for copy and paste) as sacred symbols – need I say more?
Want to learn more? The church’s website has been partly unavailable since it broke the news of its religious status. A message urges those interested in joining to “come back in a couple of days when the storm has settled”.