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3:42 pm on May 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

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WIKIPEDIA has banned members of the Church of Scientology from contributing to articles in a bid to stamp out biased information.

Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology from site [news.com.au]

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they'll send in tom cruise ..through a 2.5 mm jack port in back :)
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have they banned jimbo yet? pretty much whenever he edits, it becomes a #*$!storm and he's usually doing it very much in his own interest.
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Anyone know where the wiki servers live?

If in the USA they could be open to a discrimination lawsuit.

If they are in the UK they should be ok, even though they UK has discrimination laws, the UK doesn't recognize Scientology as a religion.

3:24 pm on May 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

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doesn't recognize Scientology as a religion. - Just about the only one, any crack pot idea can be a religion over here.
10:55 pm on May 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I believe (quite possibly without grounds) that in the UK you need a minimum number of people claiming to be of a religion for it to be considered such.

I heard "Jedi" is technically a religion after the 2001 census.

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I am pretty sure that the UK does not, per se, list religions as recognised. The census issues a code for statistical purposes for any religion that gets a minimum number of followers according to census forms, the armed forces have a list of religions for the purpose of arranging chaplains, the prisons for the same reason. If you want to claim back tax on donations you have to register with the Charities Commission - but you do not have to, on the other hand a single religion may have lots of associated organisations that are recognised charity.

I think this is a good approach: it deals with each practical need to list religions reasonably impartially, with criteria appropriate to each case, while largely avoiding the discrimination caused by official recognition.

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I heard "Jedi" is technically a religion after the 2001 census.

Those of us who wrote in "Jedi Knight" as a religion were mainly unbelievers making a protest. It was a bit like "none of the above".
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unbelievers making a protest

A protest against what? Being asked what you believed? Wasn't there an 'atheist' option? I can't remember...

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In my case a protest about the unnecessary collection of useless information. Putting people into pointless categories and collecting data for the sake of it.

I also don't like the questions on ethnic origin, I find it divisive.

There probably was an atheist option and an agnostic one also.

I'm sure the next one will ask your height, weight, inside leg measurement and hat size.

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In my case a protest about the unnecessary collection of useless information.

Fair enough!

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I am pretty sure that the UK does not, per se, list religions as recognised.[sic]

For tax purposes they do.

In France Scientology is not recognized as a religion or registered charity.

I think the UK has them in the "Not for profit" category. Which I find funny seeing as they resemble a religion more than a not for profit group. Profit seems to be one of their biggest motivators.