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The Jedi MP

09/07/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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The British House of Parliament has its first Jedi MP, Jamie Reed. And yes, the force is strong within him.

This taken from a speech in the UK House of Commons on the 21st June 2005.

Jamie Reed, MP (Copeland, Labour Seat)

I crave the indulgence of the House in interrupting such an important and enjoyable debate to deliver my maiden speech. Furthermore, as the first Jedi Member of this place, I look forward to the protection under the law that will be provided to me by the Bill. I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Dewsbury (Mr. Malik) for his convincing and searing testimony in support of the proposed legislation. It will be a privilege to serve alongside him.

Boris Johnson, MP. (Henley, Conservative Seat).

"If a religion is worth believing in, it ought to be strong enough to withstand the most scurrilous and monstrous attacks. If a religion is worth believing in, those assaults should diminish the critics and not the religion itself. Whether or not a religion is worth believing in, it is the sovereign right of every human being to say what exactly he or she thinks of it."

"No Labour Member has even begun properly to define a religion. One hon. Member stood up for the Jedi and said that he was a Jedi knight. No one was sure whether to take him seriously. There were embarrassed grins on the faces of Labour Members. How do they know that he is not in earnest when he says that he is a Jedi knight and that his faith deserves respect? If religion is a nebulous idea, so too is hatred."

Whoever said debating the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill was boring?

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