Does this count as a title
I think I'll go in to the jobcentre wearing a crash helmet and claiming that the power rangers are my religion.
A Southend Jedi Knight who refused to dehood in his local Jobcentre was escorted from the premises by security stormtroopers, the Sun reports. Chris Jarvis, 31, is described as a Star Wars fan and member of the International Church of Jediism. Said church's intergalactic hoodie uniform is at odds with the strict doctrine of …
Wrong religion. Too harmless...
Check if you have any viking ancestry so you can claim belief in Valhalla. Than declare your self a berserk and carry a battle axe and chain mail. There is apparently a badly phrased blah, blah in the relevant act and statutes that allow weapons to be carried in a religious context.
Prepare lawsuits against anyone objecting. Fun ahoy...
You don't need a JobCentre to look for work, I never got any help from them...
You need to go to a JobCentre so they can check you are looking (and help if required).
Where does it say he wasn't looking for work?
Where does it say he was going there to get help looking for work?
I worked for 10 years straight, and was out for some months (now im not, luckily). The instant stigma people get is crazy - people making comments like yours give the unemployed a bad name ;) (that is only a bit of a job).
Nothing here suggests he wasn't trying to look for a job?
Maybe if the people inside actually tried to help the people outside rather than trying to eject them... then maybe they wouldn't waste so much money.
BTW. Ever seen a sign outside? Apparently you cannot do anything, not even talk on a phone... but this only applies to YOU the unwashed heathen... security guards and staff can talk and eat all day long, no fuss there.
Oh, and try cycling to a job centre, being ejected, being told you can reschedule, being accused of not turning up, being told you can reschedule, being accused of not turning up (yes twice), being told that you shouldn't have been ejected... going next time and being ejected again...
(yes this happened, luckily it was only a few months after a straight 10 years of employment so im glad im no longer there). Maybe I was one of these that couldn't be bothered look for work too?
Surely the whole point of a Jedi hood is so you can slip it down at appropriately impressive moment.
A true Jedi would have dropped his hood just as the Stormtroopers were about to eject him, thus nullifying their plan, then with suitably theatrical hand movements, forced them aside and gone about his business.
Must have been a newbie.
A Jedi is somebody who is supposed to possess actual leet powers with influence on real world (he also has to be good with at least a katana of course). Absence of leet powers indicates a Jedi neophyte or acolyte who still needs training to accede to the lower rungs of Jedihood. Thus you can actually test for Jedihoodness, in other words, Jedi claims are falsifiable.
"Official" Abrahamic religions just demand faith in the existence of an arbitrary Superoverlord and make shit up about divine intervention or miracles that may occur from time to time (not to mention arbitrary interpretation of the scripture and if need be retconning the scripture to accomodate current dogma). Evidently inferior.
Jedism was definitely founded Long Ago In a Galaxy Far Far Away.
Since Galaxy's tend to be upwards of 200,000 lightyears away, and the relevent one would presumably further away than average, I think we can safely assume that Jedism predates Islam by a significant period.
So what if it was founded 1500 years, it has about as much basis in fact as the jedi religon. Prove the existance of any god whatsoever and you will have a point , otherwise keep quite dip stick!
At least with the jedi you get 3 watchable films out of it, and you dont go around beheading non believers!
I think a better point in the Muslim v Jedi is,
Nobody has gone to war in the real world over who is or isn't a true jedi.
I'm pretty sure a fuck tonne of wars have been fought over who is/isn't a true christian/jew/muslim/hindu/etc
And all of it is about giving humans a sense of purpose in another wise pointless existence, "what do you mean I just die? What the hell is the point in working if I'm just going to die? No there must be something better afterwards if I behave! And something far worse for people who don't behave. Excellent"
If he is saying he MUST wear it then he hasnt see the films. Anakin and Obiwan rarely wear their hoods and NEVER when they are in the Jobcentre (prove me wrong!).
Besides, if he was a true Jedi, he would have a lightsaber that worked and a Master to tell him how to balance rocks and stuff. Also, Jedis are a peacable people who dont cause trouble unless they are in a cantina in mos eisley....and i blame the band!
Seems to me he thinks the boys at the jobcentre have a sense of humour. They dont, not even a dark one.
"We are committed to provide a customer service..."
Has the job centres remit changed? Granted it has been 8 years since I had to (very) briefly sign on, but back then their job appeared to involve making those who actually wanted to work feel like idiots while ignoring the people stood at the doorway talking about where they were going to get their next hit from once their JSA was in their accounts (I kid you not!). And don't get me started on extenuating circumstances!!
Agree with what my freind said - the people that work there seem to be the ones that would have no hope of work anywhere else.
An amusing story it may have been in the 2001 census, but that's not how you grant a religious recognition. All the trick in the census did was to grant it a code in the results, i.e. it doesn't appear as "other". It started out as a protest against the question even being asked in the census, but seems to have changed. I look forward to being bored by it in 2011.
... if the government want to go running around, pandering to any minority, and trying not to offend anybody, then hat's (or hoods) off to anyone choosing to play them at their own game.
It's related to that story a while back, where peoples personal beliefs (in that case IIRC it was "climate change") are now treated as gospel, and you can't criticise them ....
"Jediism was officially "recognised" as a religion back in 2001."
Erm no it was not, there was an online hoax campaign that claimed if enough people write jedi on the form it would be recognized as a religion. Enough people clicked to make it interesting enough for the General Registrar to publish the numbers, but he made it clear that it was not a recognized religion, nor had there been any chance it would have become one.
It's nothing to do with the registrar. It was a sneaky way for Tony Blair to start trying to replace the declining established church with a hotch-potch of other superstitions. Some of us are trying to get rid of the bishops in the House of Lords, not replace them with immams and gurus.
Where as there is no such hood doctrine enshrined within the Jedi way of life (Its not even a religion in the films) there is a religion dedicated to dereligification. I feel he should convert to pastafarianism and return dressed as a pirate.
All hail his noodly appendages.
WTF no FSM icon?
either it's for security, or it's not.
if it's really for security then religion shouldn't come into it, you want to come in, you show your face.
in the same way if your religion prevents you from serving alcohol, you don't go into bars, or work at a supermarket checkout, refusing to serve anyone alcohol. If your religion doesn't allow you to show your face, you don't go into places where you have to show your face. If your religion doesn't approve of birth control, you don't get a job as a pharmacist, and refuse to dispense it.
If you choose to follow a religion, then you choose to accept the restrictions it places on you, don't make everyone else bend to accept them as well.
Just goes to show what an epic failure George Lucas is. I mean, he goes to all this effort to create a pseudo religion for a film that was really just a big advert for a load of toys, and he fails to monetize the biggest asset he has. <facepalm>
It's a well known fact that Jediness may be verified by midichlorian count. I'm quite surprised the Jobcentre is not in possession of the Jedi home test kit--available for a song on Amazon. With the economy in a sorry state and omnipresent chav outbreaks, jedis must be in constant demand. Things could have been sorted no fuss. A recent study published in the Lancet by R. Boyle demonstrates that midichlorian counts are highest in adipose tissue (hence the origin of the term largess; and note that obeisance derives from obese). Therefore, lacking a test kit, they really only needed to have him drop his drawers (or hike his cloak) and measure (in a crude visual estimate kind of way) his rear-attending cottage cheese, and if insufficient, throw him out on it.
"This guy obviously needs mental help."
Does he? Why?
Maybe anyone who follows a religion needs help.
Or maybe people who judge others based on their beliefs.
This guy stood up for his beliefs, when was the last time you did as much?
My take is everyone is free to believe what they want, and dress in accordance with those beliefs, as long as they respect everyone else's right to choose what beliefs they wish to follow.
Sikh turbans, burkas, hijabs, yarmulkes, hoods.
Government (local and national & the Quangos) spend a small fortune coming up with reems of policies, proceedures, guidance then cascading it to every member of staff. Then, at the first sign of a 'complaint' they capitulate and issue a grovelling apology to a dimwit, I quote "We are committed to provide a customer service which embraces diversity and respects customers' religion."
Branch boss Wendy Flowers (a made up name if ever I heard one!) should be sacked and have rotten fruit and veg thrown at her in Ye Olde town centre.
At least they hit the 10 working day deadline for responding to a complaint.
What a country!
..what you can get away with in the name of "Religion" !!!
Especially when is especially obviously a made up one... (as opposed to the others that were made up so long ago you get real nutters that BELIEVE)
oh, I registerd as a Jedi in the census... fantastic, where's my light saber...
Wrong, Islam is recognised as a religion by governments across the world. Islam, nor any of the other recognised religions have been able to prove their system of belief, therefore the status of "real" is still pending. Islam, Christianity, Jedism or even the worship of three-toed sloth are all valid forms of belief. Arguing validity based on the age of the religion or that it has over a billion followers only proves a majority of people are easily deceived, or too lazy to draw their own conclusions about their own existance and the world around them
So what exactly makes a "real" religion? A million followers? A thousand? Ten? Or have been around for a thousand years? A hundred? Ten? Or - let me see - does a real religion have to have caused at least a million deaths before being called such? I would be very interested to hear what your criteria are as to what constitutes a "real" religion.
Why did this happen?
I choose to believe in a set of ideas, fortunately the society in which I live in is largely compatible with these ideas. Not 100% compatible, mind you, probably not even 80% compatible, but by and large, comfortably compatible. The incompatibilities? You learn to live with them.
It is said that however, there are some people... some who have a radically different set of ideas, some of which include the idea that they are the people of god, they can go round and kill in this god's name and get away with it and in fact, get a hero's welcome and x number of virgins whatever when they buy the farm this way. These people, claim there religion is founded on peace but history, during time of founding and time and again shows contrariwise.... stick in communes of their own and not integrate and not bother to learn the language. Demand that certain common farm yard animals, typically cartoonised and present in kiddie literature and kindergarten walls be erased. Demand menus of cafeterias be changed. Demand that they be allowed to be shrouded in a hood no matter where they go so long as they purport to have 2 X chromosomes. Allegedly they also insult, verbally abuse and even sometimes attack other peoples not of their own because they dress differently (ie those that do not cover up to the point that you do not know what is actually under all that, man or woman).
Apparently this alleged group of people are quite vocal and demanding of such changes, in my society, in my country, in my Europe.
I can understand why Mr. Jedi did what he did, and in fact I am in 2 minds about posting this.
Firstly, there is a chance this could sow discord.
But more importantly secondly not talking about it could lead to people in power making rash decisions based on short-sighted 'PC'ness ( "Let's let people in shrouds roam unchecked" for example - a definite major security disaster... or "no kindergarten now will ever have a book featuring a pig in it" a majorly stupid decision of epic proportions... those kind of decisions)....
One would not bow to the demands of a white-supermacist nazi party. One should definitely not bow to such demands as above.
Be tolerant, but stand your ground firm.
I'm glad that some people find it acceptable to remain in an unemployable state while people like me work had paying taxes and financing their lifestyles!
Deliberately walking around like a pratt immediately tells me the guy is not serious about getting a job and, even worse, finds it both acceptable and funny to waste the time of Job Centre staff when there are a lot of deserving people out there who are desperate for a job.
They should stop his benefit....
From The Sun..
Chris said: "I was just standing up for my beliefs.
"Muslims can walk around in whatever religious gear they like, so why can't I?"
In a way he's correct. One fantasy is the perhaps the same as another, but even this retard ought to understand the difference here.
We used to make fun of Americans for believing everything they saw in movies. Unfortunately we have become even worse. We are willing to deliberately suspend belief in order to be fucking children, because we want Star Wars to be real.
While some of us might be disinclined to believe in Judo-Christianity or any of its flavours, at least they have in their favour the fact they weren't invented by Hollywood. This moron doesn't even have this to stand on. He's a fucking retard child that wants a toy light sabre and no doubt makes "woosh" noises on his bike because he thinks it's a speeder or an x-wing.
Why the fuck do we give the time of day to pricks like this? This is why political correctness deserves the contempt its given. I'm a bloody left wing, hippy liberal. But fuck this, put these people on a fucking boat and sink it somewhere far away. Don't allow them to infect our gene pool. Affording invented religions the same respect as real religions is a world gone completely fucking mad.
We absolutely deserve the Americans if we think this is okay.
I do not pretend to know all the intricacies of the Jedi religion. Maybe it's quackery, maybe there is something to it... But, I have seen the Star Wars movies to know that at least the way the Jedi behaved in that universe is very unlike this supposed "Jedi" is behaving.
Jedi normally follow whatever rules and regulations that normal citizens are subject to, and only disobeyed in extreme cases.
I also don't remember any Jedi in the movies looking for jobs at a job center, and definitely not filing formal complaints against anyone.
I'm not one to pick on someones beliefs, but somehow I don't feel this person believes anything he says he does and is really only looking to stir trouble and draw attention.. Two traits that are also not very "Jedi-like.'
Did any of the lynch mob look at the Sun article, not the actual article but some of the things above it and the word in caps at the top of the article?
I'm sure your razor sharp minds can work out what it means.
He's a rare beast, actually got some paid work out of a visit to the job centre.
You have much to learn young Jedi.
Your arrogance will lead you to the dark side. The ripples in the force caused by your actions will continue into the future and make life much more difficult for your fellow Jedi.
A piece of cloth worn in a certain way does not a Jedi make. You are a Jedi or or you are not a Jedi and your robes are not proof of either.
Next time, I suggest you put down your damn hood and act like a bloody grown up. Acting like a Jedi will come later.
At the risk of being boring, I'd just like to explain something for those who still don't get it. With the established anglican church in decline, sooner or later people are going to start asking why they still have so much power (21 bishops in the House the Lords) and it will have to be disestablished. The question is then over whether the UK becomes secular, or adopts some kind of weird system of religious privilege for various different faith systems. That was why they added "religion" to the census to help them decide what would be an "official" religion, and that is why many of us chose to put "Jedi", as an anti-establishment gesture to show what a load of bollocks it all is. This guy is taking it a step further: good luck to him, says I.
Where's your compasion? You kno nothing about this man other than he's a jobseeking jedi with a hood.
From which we can see:
a) he's looking for work
b) his marketing campagn is inspired (taking a sun journo to the JC with him)
c) he's providing employment for others (said journo + JC employees)
d) he's cheeper than a criminal (and probably recieving less social)
e) he's not a satanist or an ewok
f) he's brave enough to enter the dark temple of Job Centeredness
I'd give him a job if a) i was an employer b) he passed the stringent psycho-metric and handwriting tests that as an employer i would feel forced to make all my potential employees take.
Seriously, that is wholly unsuitable attire for a Jedi.
Robes or cloaks should be worn with a hood, not a bloody jacket. A hoodie does not either a robe nor a cloak constitute; a hoodie's hood is only acceptable if it is what Top Gear would call "moist" out and one needs to shelter one's head from the moistness of the sky. He needs to get himself either a proper set of robes or a proper cloak.
And at all times a Jedi should never be afraid to remove his hood and show his face when requested or required to.
In short: Jedi Fail. He needs to seriously get with the program; a Jedi can wear loose, more practical clothing when it would be called for, but you shouldn't try to shoehorn in a stupid hood when it's uncalled for.
That said, he deserves props for getting a job and causing a stir about it. And he makes a good point; if other religions requiring face covering get a wash, why not being a Jedi? It would be better if he'd done it in a full robe or cloak outfit, though; simply because there's not enough tossers wearing cloaks and he'd at least have had a decent excuse.
Maybe Jediism is not a "real" religion because it was made up in a movie while religions like Christianity, Islam, etc. were created because people heard voices in their head, believing it to be a divine being.
"If you talk to God, you're religious. If God talks to you, you're psychotic"
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