US­ING MY RE­LI­GION

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Alas­dair Mitchell’s sug­ges­tion that hunt­ing be reg­is­tered as a re­li­gion can pos­si­bly be achieved at the next cen­sus in 2021 (Sharp­shooter, 30 Au­gust). In the 2001 cen­sus, 390,000 peo­ple re­sponded “Jedi” to the re­li­gion ques­tion and it was coded 896 in the cen­sus pro­cess­ing for the 2011 cen­sus. While this didn’t make it a for­mally recog­nised re­li­gion, it surely puts it in a po­si­tion to ar­gue its case. If ev­ery­one who hunts, shoots or fishes de­clares them­selves “Hunter” un­der the re­li­gion sec­tion in the 2021 cen­sus, the ball will at least be rolling.

Keep up the ex­cel­lent work.

M. Wells, by email

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