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Usually, when it comes to religion, I'll use the Holy Hand Grenade icon.  But this requires...something else....

Folks, meet Mr. Daniel Jones, a.k.a. Morda Hedol.  He is the founder of the worldwide Jedi religion, which boasts nearly a half million in membership.  He goes around spreading the philosophy of the Jedi and generally making people like me feel a lot better about ourselves.  Jones is having a shit fit over religious discrimination.  He went into a Tesco's supermarket and was escorted out because of his hood.  You know those cloak thingies the Jedi wear in the movies?  According to Jones' religious...by-laws, I guess, Jedi are required to wear their hood in public.  In private, they can take it off, but in public, the back and top of the head must be covered.  Tesco's said that, with this day in age of people wearing baseball caps, beanies, sunglasses, and other casual disguises, it can make identification difficult in the event of trouble.  No one else is allowed to cover their appearance, so ditch the hood.  Jones argued back that other more mainstream religious garb was allowed at the store as an expression of religion, so why couldn't a Jedi keep his hood on as his rules say?  Tesco's responded that plenty of Jedi in the movies go out in public without their hood on -- "Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Luke Skywalker all appeared hoodless without ever going over to the Dark Side and we are only aware of the Emperor as one who never removed his hood"  (Tesco's apparently hires geeks.  I like these guys already).  They concluded, "If Jedi walk around our stores with their hoods on, they'll miss lots of special offers."

Jones is still huffing about it and is apparently trying to leverage the size of his following to force a major company to his will.  Well, I guess that makes him an official religion.  Although, how unlike the Jedi to pull a number like that.

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mornblade
Sep. 20th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
Wait. Did you just say that a Jedi is trying to "Force" a major company to his will?

And here I thought the Jedi were not supposed to act like a reed in the wind, but they were supposed to be like water... or was that Bruce Lee?
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