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Pastafarian wins right to wear pasta strainer as religious headgear


If you’re not familiar with the term Pastafarian, then you likely haven’t heard of The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The “church” was originally conceived  in 2005 by Bobby Henderson as satirical commentary in the form of an open letter to the Kansas State Board of Education regarding decisions to allow intelligent design to be taught as an alternative to evolution in classrooms.  Since then thousands of people have been touched by His Noodly Appendage.

With so many people now claiming Pastafarian as their religious affiliation, it’s little wonder that certain religious rights are being challenged.  The BBC reports that Austrian, Niko Alm recently won the right to wear a pasta strainer on his head as “religious headgear” for his driver’s license photo . Alm’s next crusade in the name of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is to have the religion recognized as an official faith.

So, do you think this is taking religious freedom too far?  Or are you on the side of some who suggest this is meant as a tool to mock the religious by the non-religious?  Perhaps, you agree that the work done by followers of His Noodly Appendage is merely social commentary meant to incite discussion on religion’s place and value in society.

Inevitably, this latest win for the Pastafarians will garner more publicity for the movement and more hate mail.  Rest assured, however, that the movement isn’t going away any time soon.  I’d wager that it’s going to become more widespread and who knows, may even one day be recognized as an official faith.

Carbo Diem!  M. xo

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  1. Doug Smith
    July 30th, 2011 at 21:28 | #1

    “mock the religious by the non-religious? ”

    Some religions get mocked all the time, by everyone. Those religions, don’t get the kind of special privileges that the Abrahamic religions enjoy. Do you ever notice how Tom Cruise never evangelizes? He’s got a career to think about. Remove religion. If you have supernatural beliefs, than you are *normally* prepared for mockery, that’s just human nature.

    FSM? It’s given me some good laughs. I saw a FSM bumper sticker on the 416 a couple of months ago. It gave me a chuckle.


    Great post, Mae! keep it up. I check for updates often.

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