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Fans campaign for heavy metal to be recognised as religion
01-26-2010, 07:10 PM,
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Fans campaign for heavy metal to be recognised as religion
Quote:They are being asked to officially register their faith as ''heavy metal'' while filling in the next Census questionnaire.

In the last census, a similar campaign led to 390,000 UK residents listing their religion as Jedi - the fictional creed created for the Star Wars movie saga.

Rock magazine Metal Hammer launched its campaign last week and has already attracted nearly 10,000 followers to a Facebook group.

It has even gained the backing of a metal figurehead, Saxon frontman Biff Byford, whom the magazine says will become the proposed faith's ''world metal peace ambassador'' if the campaign proves successful.

Metal can trace its roots back at least four decades, probably to the release of Black Sabbath's debut album, although many have argued that Helter Skelter by The Beatles may well be among the earliest tracks.

Other acts who flew the flag for the denim and leather-clad metal community over the years and helped the scene to develop include Judas Priest, Saxon, Motorhead, Iron Maiden and Metallica.

Despite splintering into an array of niche genres, the heavy metal community still thrives.

Although the 2001 campaign drew a large level of support, with more people listing themselves as Jedis than Sikhs, the Office For National Statistics pointed out at the time that this did not make it an official religion. In fact, Jedis were actually counted under the category of ''no religion''.

However, that campaign was credited with boosting the number of responses from those in their late teens and 20s.

Alexander Milas, editor of Metal Hammer, said: ''Like a lot of good ideas, this one came about in a pub and the response online has been overwhelming.

''It only reinforces the belief that heavy metal remains strong in its UK birthplace and across the globe. If the Jedi can do it, then we can too.

''The only requirement to join our campaign is that you listen to heavy metal, our commandment: everything louder than everyone else.''

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7079312/Fans-campaign-for-heavy-metal-to-be-recognised-as-religion.html
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01-26-2010, 09:03 PM,
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RE: Fans campaign for heavy metal to be recognised as religion
If this passes, we will need to institute The Church of Punk Rock as well. Hail to Bad Religion.

Exceprt from Judge rules activist's beliefs on climate change akin to religion:
Quote:Justice Michael Burton decided that: "A belief in man-made climate change, and the alleged resulting moral imperatives, is capable if genuinely held, of being a philosophical belief for the purpose of the 2003 Religion and Belief Regulations." Under those regulations it is unlawful to discriminate against a person on the grounds of their religious or philosophical beliefs.

Five tests

In his written judgment, Mr Justice Burton outlined five tests to determine whether a philosophical belief could come under employment regulations on religious discrimination

• The belief must be genuinely held.

• It must be a belief and not an opinion or view based on the present state of information available.

• It must be a belief as to a weighty and substantial aspect of human life.

• It must attain a certain level of cogency, seriousness, cohesion and importance.

• It must be worthy of respect in a democratic society, not incompatible with human dignity and not conflict with the fundamental rights of others.

Humanism was given as an example meeting the criteria, while belief in a political party or the supreme nature of Jedi knights, from the Star Wars movies, were offered as ones that do not.
Full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/nov/03/tim-nicholson-climate-change-belief

Although debatable, this could pass under the precedents and definitions set in the global warming as a religion case.
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01-26-2010, 10:04 PM,
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RE: Fans campaign for heavy metal to be recognised as religion
Up the IRONS!
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equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. ” -Nikola Tesla

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01-27-2010, 10:01 AM,
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RE: Fans campaign for heavy metal to be recognised as religion
Hell yeah, if global warming is a religion, why shouldn't Heavy Metal be?

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03-03-2010, 07:01 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-03-2010, 07:02 AM by scaramanga667.)
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RE: Fans campaign for heavy metal to be recognised as religion
I, for one, welcome our new studded and wild-haired overlords.


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03-11-2010, 06:15 PM,
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RE: Fans campaign for heavy metal to be recognised as religion
Quote:In the last census, a similar campaign led to 390,000 UK residents listing their religion as Jedi - the fictional creed created for the Star Wars movie saga.
And these were all discounted and bundled in with the atheists as far as I recall. Which is strange as I know of many young Christians who put down Jedi (their point was that the government shouldn't have details on a persons faith, that it is of little importance to the ruling class).


Here's a good laugh though: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parody_religion
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