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From Sophie Saint Thomas at Death and Taxes:

Pastafarian lodges complaint with ACLU over right to wear pasta strainer

A Pastafarian woman is fighting for her right to wear a pasta strainer on her head, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Rachel Hoover, 21, wore a colander atop her dome for her driver’s license photo as a symbol of her religious beliefs when she renewed her license on June 27. The Chicago Northern Illinois University student is a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a religion that promotes chuckles, meatballs and pirates, but opposes intelligent design and creationism taught in schools. In an attempt to mock organized religions, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has birthed what appears to be a slew of white people with nothing better to do than make a fuss about wearing a colander on their head at the DMV. More.

Yes. Now that Sophie Saint Thomas mentions it, what’s really significant is how ridiculous these people have become.

Our advice would be, look out. It’s one thing to do this in a free society where people sort of get the intended joke, even if they think you are a dullard and out of touch. It didn’t go so well when they tried it in Putin’s Russia.

See also: Legal workplace accommodation of pastafarianism as a religion


Wow: Court rules for common sense… updated No, not a religion; an overelaborate prank.

I’m surprised more bureaucrats don’t notice this: It’s one thing to allow persons who would always wear a certain type of religious headgear if they were out in public to pose for a licence photo in that headgear.  Or a Christian clergy collar. But these people don’t, in fact, wobble around in public with a spaghetti strainer on their heads.
We need smarter bureaucrats or else fewer of them.

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Pastafarianism is certainly man made, the man who made it and wrote its religious text is still among us; Bobby Henderson. Scientology is also clearly manmade, the motivation of Lafayette Ronald Hubbard was far more sinister, power and money. The Church of Jesus Christ and Latterday Saints, likewise has an easily traceable history, and Joseph Smith was a vile womanising huckster. The Jehovah's Witness religion began in 1870, again very traceable. Mohummad began Islam because he was envious of the older Christian and Jewish traditions, and felt Arabs needed a Prophet, and Book all their own. Abraham had a promise from God before all the others. The problem with mainstream Christianity, Judaism, and Islam (Catholicism, Orthodox, and Protestant denominations, Hassidic, or Reformed, Shia, or Sunni) is that they were begun in vagueness, poor reporting, doubtful events, and an unsabstantiated past. The visions of Paul, Luther, and Calvin, the miracles witnessed by the Apostles, and Augustine, may have happened. But judging by the charletanism of recently created religions, I think not. rvb8
Pasta strainer = today's tinfoil fool's cap hat? [On the flying spaghetti monster as a parody of the inherently good creator God, a necessary and maximally great being worthy of ultimate loyalty and the responsible, reasonable service of doing the good in accord with our evident nature, cf here: https://uncommondesc.wpengine.com/education/fyi-ftr-addressing-the-flying-spaghetti-monster-fsm-parody-on-the-idea-of-god-in-philosophy-of-religion-and-systematic-theology/ ] kairosfocus
Pastafarian's ought to thank God for organizations like the ACLU. Mung

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