Monday, September 21, 2009

Use the Force, Luke!

I saw this news article today and sent it to a few friends.
Tesco has been accused of religious discrimination after the company ordered the founder of a Jedi religion to remove his hood or leave a branch of the supermarket in north Wales.

Daniel Jones, founder of the religion inspired by the Star Wars films, says he was humiliated and victimised for his beliefs following the incident at a Tesco store in Bangor.

The 23-year-old, who founded the International Church of Jediism, which has 500,000 followers worldwide, was told the hood flouted store rules.

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."

Sam wrote back and said it reminded him of a skit with Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog. It was actually done by the Late Night with Conan O'Brien during the premier of The Attack of the Clones (the worst out of the three prequel movies).

@9:00 into the video:
Triumph: What substance was Han Solo frozen in?
All: Carbonite!
Triumph: No, no, I'm sorry, I'm very sorry. The correct answer is, "Who gives a @#$%!"

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