While Americans will find census forms in mailboxes beginning in March, our friends in the UK won't fill out their questionnaires until next year. According to The Independent, the UK census is expected to be the most in-depth in the region's history and one group is being very vocal about formal recognition. We often consider metal a religion. Well, some outspoken UK music fans are demanding metal be formally recognized on the census as a real religion. Tell me that doesn't rule?!
While it's unlikely, it's an interesting concept. After all, census data is pretty important when later allocating tax dollars for government programs and the like. I'd imagine having heavy metal recognized as a religion would eventually equate to more music in schools. That's never a bad thing. The Office for National Statistics says meeting everyone's aspirations is basically impossible. Still, we can dream.
Evidently, this go 'round, social networking is making census data interesting for officials. A Facebook group has already collected a lot of "fans" demanding metal be regarded as religion. The editor of Metal Hammer is quoted as saying it's all in good fun. I'd tend to agree.