Jedi persecution

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According to the Sun, British retail and grocery chain Tesco has been accused of religious discrimination because they banned a Jedi for wearing a hooded garment. Such garments are considered sacred by followers of Jediism, known as Jedis.

“I walked past a Muslim lady in a veil. Surely the same rules should apply to everyone” said Jedi Daniel Jones.

Indeed, many religions have strict rules about the appearance of their followers, including rules concerning clothing. As Daniel cited, there are rules governing what Islamic women must wear, and also Islamic men must dress modestly, with tunics or long shirts encouraged and silk and saffron colored items are strictly forbidden. The Amish share rules of modesty as well for clothing, adding that they be darkly colored and that fastenings be hook and eye. All Christians and Jews are forbidden from cross-dressing and wearing linen and wool together. Sikh men must wear turbans , Jews have their yarmulkes, and of course the Mormons have their magic underwear. So is it really that outlandish to hear the Jedis must “wear a hood up in any public place of a large audience”?

Clearly in the UK, such religious dress requirements are tolerated as they are here in the US. Most places wouldn’t deny service or entry into their establishments for dressing according to the rules of their religions, so why should Tesco single out the Jedi? Why must they be singled out, especially when there are reportedly almost 400,000 of them in the UK?

A Tesco spokesman said: “We would ask Jedis to remove hoods. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Luke Skywalker all went hoodless without going to the Dark Side.”

Now really, why not lecture a Muslim woman on how according to the Koran, she didn’t really have to wear a veil? How about encouraging the Muslim men to shop for silk? Do they ask the Sikh men to remove their turbans? So where do they get off lecturing the Jedi on their hoods when it states explicitly in their bible that they must wear them up?

I think this is pretty cut and dry religious discrimination.

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19 Responses to “Jedi persecution”

  1. I love it. It's absolutely discrimination. The poor jedi knight.

    This is whole Jedi thing is starting to catch my fancy. I hope (as long as people are going to be religious anyway) that more and more people join. Can you imagine when there are a few million of them? It's one of the greatest examples of "we aren't any crazier than you are" that I can imagine!

  2. Can you imagine when there are a few million of them?

    They've got the first half million adherents on the books already, plus some church buildings (according to Wikipedia, second only to Google-God in the omniscience department):

    According to recent censuses in some English-speaking countries, over 500,000 people declared their religion as Jedi, in addition, a few Jedi churches/temples exist around the world.

    Are those criteria enough to raise it from the status of cult to bona fide religion?

  3. Can you imagine when there are a few million of them?

    They've got the first half million adherents on the books already, plus some church buildings (according to Wikipedia, second only to Google-God in the omniscience department):

    According to recent censuses in some English-speaking countries, over 500,000 people declared their religion as Jedi, in addition, a few Jedi churches/temples exist around the world.

    Are those criteria enough to raise its status from cult to bona fide religion?

  4. Totally a bona-feeday religion! And they've not only got a unified field theory, the Force is the unified field theory!

    A Jedi cloak and cowl is a symbol of the office and of solidarity with other adherents. It's more a uniform than anything else, and definitely not a hoodie. And even if it was, it's a part of his religion . . . that's still religious intolerance on Tesoc's part.

    I never thought I'd say this, but . . . I hope that Jedi Jones kicks Darth Tesco's ass.

  5. I've seen a few mentions of Jediism, but I always thought it was tongue-in-cheek. Is this actually an established religion now?

  6. Here is a Jediist Blog:

    http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/

  7. Much as I hate Tesco – the Microsoft of the supermarket world, IMO – I actually support them in saying "no hoods" and not making exceptions for religious reasons.

    The point being that while I agree that Jedis are kinda cool, I'm not for treating religious beliefs separately or with special respect.

    In any case, it would only mean all the hoodies would start saying, "Wha'eva, I'm a Jeddi, innit?"

  8. I think we all agree with you, Eshu. The point of our faux support is simply that governments and businesses can't pick and choose which religions they are going to discriminate against. They're *all* crazy, yet we act like things coming from Muslims or Christians actually make some kind of *sense*, where as Jediism – well!! that's just *obviously* crazy! No, no, no señor!

  9. It's like the FFRF Christmas plaque or FSM. If people are going to demand the absurd, they can't then limit the absurdity. It's either all in or all out.

  10. Thanks Evo, guess I missed the faux-support vibe!

    Hehe, yeah if they had some absurdity scale and some way to measure it that might be possible. But I reckon doing so would cast their more cherished beliefs in the harsh light of common sense.

  11. You should update ;)

  12. Oh Looo-cy, I'm home! Ju gotta lotta 'splainin' to do!

    So how's that new job going, Prof?

  13. Yes I know, I've been pretty swamped. It's like non-stop shit, and when I get a break, someone decides to schedule a meeting or some fucking convocation nonsense where we dress up in caps and gowns and pretend we're doing the opening of a fucking Harry Potter movie. ARGH!

  14. Wah wah wah write a new post already!

  15. All the religions and their dressing ideas are respectful and we need to find the best ideas to stop this kind of discrimination. As everything should be allowed to the people except if it is harmful for the other people. If we are religiously tolerant we can make the world beautiful. Tesco should need to stop this kind of religious discrimination if they are really doing it.

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