There Are Orthodox Jews; Why Not Orthodox Jedi?
Jews are supposed to do this and that because a bush supposedly kept burning or Red Sea supposedly formed a nice walking path and more. Supposedly. But, people don't howl with laughter or tell the men in the black hats and funny coats that they're overdressed for the grocery store. So...who are the grocery store guys to tell the Jedi -- yes, that's now actually a religion -- that they have to take off their hoods?
Helen Carter writes for the Guardian that Tesco told the 23-year-old founder of the 500,000-member Jedi church to take off his hood or leave one of its stores. He's accused them of religious discrimination:
But the grocery empire struck back, claiming that the three best known Jedi Knights in the Star Wars movies - Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker - all appeared in public without their hoods. Jones, from Holyhead, who is known by the Jedi name Morda Hehol, said his religion dictated that he should wear the hood in public places and is considering legal action against the chain.
"It states in our Jedi doctrination that I can wear headwear. It just covers the back of my head," he said.
"You have a choice of wearing headwear in your home or at work but you have to wear a cover for your head when you are in public."
...Tesco said: "He hasn't been banned. Jedis are very welcome to shop in our stores although we would ask them to remove their hoods.
Truth be told, I think you should be able to set whatever rules you want for your business, but if you're going to accommodate one groups Imaginary Friend-centered beliefs, why tell the other how it's going to be in your store?
I just love the underlying implication -- that there's more validity to really silly unproven stuff from a long, long time ago than much more recent really silly unproven stuff.