Friday, September 25, 2009

The Prophet George [Lucas, that is]

GetReligion wonders if this is a religious liberty issue:
Here’s the Telegraph’s treatment and here’s the Guardian’s. From the Telegraph:
Daniel Jones, 23, who created the International Church of Jediism, claims he was "victimised over his beliefs" by staff at the supermarket in Bangor, North Wales.

The religion, inspired by the sci-fi films, is practised by 500,000 around the world and requires believers to cover their heads in public places. But Mr Jones, from Holyhead, said that staff ejected him from the store over security fears when he refused to remove his hood.

Mr Jones, also known by his Jedi name Morda Hehol, told The Sun: “I told them it was a requirement of my religion but they just sniggered and ordered me to leave.

"I walked past a Muslim lady in a veil. Surely the same rules should apply to everyone."
The Guardian has some choice quotes from the Tesco chain, including:
"If Jedi walk around our stores with their hoods on, they’ll miss lots of special offers."
May the force be with you » GetReligion

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