Ozzy Osbourne once sang Rock n roll is my religion and my law. Now metal fans in the United Kingdom are seeking to make it official with a Facebook campaign to have Heavy Metal recognized as a religion on the upcoming UK Census.
Almost 35,000 fans have signed on to the campaign so far, all dedicated to designating Heavy Metal as their religion on their census forms, which are being delivered to every household in the UK.
The campaign was largely inspired by the 2001 Census, in which a grassroots protest against the inclusion of a question about religion resulted Jedi being ranked as the 4th-largest religious faith in the UK.
Saxon frontman Biff Byford believes the Force is with the campaign to get Heavy Metal on the 2011 Census, and has signed on as a supporter of the effort.
He asks fans: Are you a defender of the faith? Do you throw the horns more often than you put your hands together? Then join our campaign to let the UK Census and the whole world know it.
Metal was created here so it must be in the gene pool in the UK, I think!, says Byford.
In the early 80s there was a huge number of great bands and we were all part of the same club, whatever we called ourselves, whether it was heavy rock, rock'n'roll or heavy metal, it made no difference. There was just this huge following of over a million people in the UK and now it's happening all over again! Getting heavy metal recognised as a religion is a great bit of rebellion, isn't it? This really is going to be a very cool thing.
You can add your voice to the campaign by liking the Facebook page here, or filling out your Census forms by March 27th if you live in the UK.