Heavy Metal Officially A Religion

The genre has been recognised as a serious religious belief in the UK after results from the 2011 census have been revealed.

Heavy Metal Officially A Religion
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Heavy Metal has officially been recognised as a religion in the UK. Results for the 2011 census have just been published, and a campaign by MetalHammer and rockstars like Saxon's Bill Byford helped rally an effort to get Heavy Metal recognised as a belief. Now it's officially a bigger religion that scientology, druidism, shamanism and other well-established beliefs, thanks to 6,000 metal-loving Brits. The Jedi Knights were more successful, though, with 176,000 people jokingly listing it as their religion. Interestingly, Christianity has shot down to 59% of the UK population, compared to 72% who listed it as their religion in 2001. People with no religion represent 25% of the country compared to 15% ten years ago, according to the Guardian. But there may be one tangible side effect of these joke entries on the official UK census. Religious authorities are likely to bundle the "joke" religions into one global figure for people with religious beliefs. The effect is that more government money will be spent on religion, which probably wasn't the intention of the census pranksters. What do you think of the decline in serious religious beliefs? Is it fitting that heavy metal has been recognised as a belief in the country it was born? Share your thoughts in the comments. Hit "like" to share this rocking news with your friends.

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    SocksAndTrees
    The Jedi Knights were more successful, though, with 176,000 people jokingly listing it as their religion. Clearly UG is just upset that I am force sensitive, and it is not.
    phili666
    yeah, according to UG its a joke when its another pop culture reference than heavy metal but when it's metal its super duper serious.
    kslater22
    thats cause im pretty sure people actually seriously do consider metal to be a religion...and when you think about it, it pretty much is a religion. we worship our "gods" just as any other religion, but the difference is our gods actually exist. "maiden and priest are the gods that we praise" -Sum 41
    lithium_boy
    your quote was acceptable until u had to bring sum 41 into this.. shame on you good sir!
    kslater22
    i feel that it was perfectly acceptable to bring sum 41 into this given the lyric i used
    phili666
    except metal isn't supposed to be a religion and saying that goes against the whole point of the music and the subculture. its about not fitting in or flocking together after one thing. its similar to religion in the sense that people who only listen to meta can be simpleminded idiots. listening to only one genre is retarded
    kslater22
    im pretty sure thats exactly what its about, at least thats what it is for me. its something that sets me aside from everyone else, and its something that me and fellow metalheads unite over. we come to concerts and gather to worship our gods...sounds like religion to me
    kslater22
    but just cause im a die hard metalhead doesnt mean i dont listen to anything else. i dont consider myself close minded about music, i'll give any music a try. no guarantees that i'll like it though
    AnnihilationUK
    This is stupid as f*ck. We're slowly turning good music into a joke.
    TJWhonley
    i put heavy metal on my form!!! how would i get married now? in a circle pit @ download festival?
    lithium_boy
    YES!!!! if you do please film it and send me the link, that would be interesting to say the least.
    Wininacan
    This is a silly notion, it just shows that people are leaving silly ideas behind and accepting things more important to them, Music.
    ChickenSalad
    Heavy Metal = good music Religion = joke Hm, this man is right. But all kidding aside, I think this is cool. A humorous way to make fun of the whole religion registration bullshit.
    DexterF
    Disagree. It merely shows that thinking people declare their creed what they deemed worthy and not what random people imposed on them after parroting it themselves just because "it's always been like this", which is utterly stupid. Think tongue in cheek.
    Dostoyevskian
    No, just heavy metal
    TheNumber6
    well with how metal is these days its only a matter of time before the churches of metalcore, grindcore, deathcore, applecore, supercore, extremelyobscurecore and melodic death metal start breaking off and forming their own religions.
    mizerama
    Well, since -core genres aren't actually metal...
    metalhead983877
    How are they not?
    Dethsoldier101
    cause they dont end with metal duh! e.g Power metal, thrash metal, death metal, black metal, heavy metal, glam metal, speed metal, metal metal, gore metal, sludge metal, doom metal, progressive metal, etc.
    Kixur
    By this logic 'Iron', 'Platinum', 'Gold', etc aren't metal.....
    qrEE
    No Crabcore or Crunkcore. And you call yourself a REAL religious devotee...
    geor4ge
    i put metal as my religion ireland.... lol guess was the only one. but sure **** it.... don't give a **** about religion. more a fan of metal. it is making a big deal of nothing. all that it is just ink in a stupid box for the country to know shit.... i also said i had a young Cambodian boy in the cellar!
    mrozzy123fest
    i dont see anything wrong with it as religion does cause a lot of problems with people as its just another way to seperate people. and also i really doubt this will last but its cool to see so many people into metal (as im a die hard thrasher)
    jamie_hough
    I know I'm supposed to be all like "Woah cool thats hilarious!", but honestly, as an avid British metal fan, I find this embarassing.
    Edamr
    It's not officially a religion. All that's happened is a certain number of people have listed it as such on the census. That's not the same as official religion status. It holds the same status as scientology; you can claim it'syour religion, but the government does not recognise it as such and therefore certain taxbreaks are not available as they would be to genuine religious institutions.
    the_modfather
    It's funny. It's good there's a decline in serious religion. People listing heavy metal and jedi etc as their religion only show that it doesn't matter.
    Kriggs
    As long as they keep taking percentage points from religion, I'm a happy man.
    TheEmpyrean
    As much as I think this is hilarious, there's a part of me which is annoyed that the 7000 people who wrote Heavy Metal and the 170000+ people who wrote Jedi Knight aren't actually counting towards the non-religious or atheist/agnostic percentage. Because the larger the latter percentage is, the smaller the strength of the Christian church in Britain. Which can only be a good thing.