Should I be worried? The BBC reports “Jedi could perform marriages, says Free Church of Scotland”.
Scotland currently recognizes religious marriages, conducted by an authorized religious celebrant, and civil marriages, conducted by a state registrar. A pending Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill would authorize a third option, marriages performed by a representative of a “belief body.” (See a copy of the existing law marked up to show the effect of the proposed changes here.)
The law writers say they have intended to benefit humanists, who are classed as religious rather than non-religious under present law, but heaven only knows who else will be exercising the privilege —
The Free Church of Scotland has raised concerns about religious and civil partnership ceremonies being joined by a third category.
Church spokesman, the Reverend Iver Martin, told BBC Alba: “The third category is quite astonishing because it is the so-called belief category without really defining what belief means.
“There are loads of people in a diverse society like this for whom belief can mean virtually anything – the Flat Earth Society and Jedi Knights Society – who knows?
“I am not saying that we don’t give place to that kind of personal belief, but when you start making allowances for marriages to be performed within those categories then you are all over the place.”
Are Jedi getting a bad rap here? What is Reverend Martin really trying to warn us against? The only reason Anakin Skywalker and Padme didn’t let a Jedi officiate at their wedding is he would have put a stop to it. I dare say there are weddings Reverend Martin would like to put a stop to. He may have more in common with the Jedi than he thinks.