Just as I thought grievance-based politics set by self-appointed community gatekeepers could not get worse than the Islamist-inclined Scottish-Islamic Foundation presenting lone bampot, Neil MacGregor as the harbinger of a race-war, along comes this.
Sci-Fi geek meets Joseph Smith Jr., Daniel Morgan Jones founded the International Church of Jediism. Jones, who prefers to be known by his Jedi name of Morda Hehol (yeah, and Madonna prefers to be known by her Qabbalist name of Esther) has been ejected from a Tesco store in Bangor for not removing his hood. The reason being, Bluewater-type rules against hoodies and concealing one’s identity.
Jones said, “I told them it was a requirement of my religion but they just sniggered and ordered me to leave”. I am not really surprised, he must have sounded like a right twit. Plus, despite attempts during the 2001 census – presumably led by Jones – to have Jediism recognized as an official religion, it is not, so my missive title is not incitement to racial hatred any more than sniggering at Han Solo after he took to drink following Chewbacca’s death would be tasteless. Nor was Jones a victim of a hate-crime when Darth Vader assaulted him.
One semi-serious point raised by Jones was that he witnessed a be-veiled Muslim woman. If this was full facial covering, I would agree that there is the potential for its misuse as a disguise, but funnily I have difficulty accepting criticisms of the communalising of British populations from such a patently delusion nutter.
A Tesco spokesman made an apposite observation:
“Jedi are very welcome to shop in our stores although we would ask them to remove their hoods.
“Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Luke Skywalker all went hoodless without going to the Dark Side.
“If Jedi walk around our stores with their hoods on, they’ll miss lots of special offers.”
This is the best way to treat people like Jones: with mockery. Undiluted, never-ending mockery. Daniel… whoops… Morda Hedol, if you are reading, and want to follow a mystical Eastern-sounding religion, I would suggest joining a martial arts class, like Jew Jitsu. As it stands, you come across as bonkers.