The Guardian reports that a man who founded the International Church of Jediism has accused a store of religious discrimination.
23-year-old Daniel Jones — or his Jedi name, Morda Hehol — says he was victimized by a Tesco store in Bangor. The crux of the argument? When he entered the store to get some food during his lunch break, store employees told him to take his hood off.
“They said: ‘Take it off’, and I said: ‘No, its part of my religion. It’s part of my religious right.’ I gave them a Jedi church business card,” Jones told the Guardian. “It states in our Jedi doctrination that I can wear headwear. It just covers the back of my head.” Tesco was a little bit more cheeky with its response, saying their main defense is that Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Yoda were all seen without their hoods.
I’ll be honest, I’m kind of torn by this. On the one hand, it’s pretty easy to dismiss the guy as a weirdo for establishing a religion around George Lucas’ film trilogies, but at the same time, if you took out the word “Jedi” there would be some major implications here. What if they told a Jew they couldn’t wear a kippah? If they told a Muslim they would have to remove their hijab? What do you think?
[via Alex Irvine]