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Church of Flying Spaghetti Monster stages social protest?


An Austrian atheist has won the right to be shown on his driving-licence photo wearing a pasta strainer as “religious headgear”.

In “Austrian driver’s religious headgear strains credulity” (July 14, 2011), BBC News tells us so

Readers may recall that pastafarianism first surfaced as the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a sort of street drama against the idea of design in nature, at Kansas school board hearings. It blossomed into a Web site. Austrian Niko Alm, learning that religious headgear is allowed in official photos claimed that “the sieve was a requirement of his religion, pastafarianism.”

Given that “the only dogma allowed in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the rejection of dogma,” some think his three-year crusade a protest against the permissible religious headgear policy.


While the card is said to show Alm wearing the pasta strainer, it doesn’t apparently come through on all screens.

But some wonder whether the pastafarians will get more specific (more real?) and issue a statement about women associated with a certain religion getting their drivers photos wearing a full face veil, which the ACLU has claimed to be a religious liberty in a 2003 court case. Increasingly, governments are caving to such demands, amid protests from citizens who do not conceal their identity (as most religious headgear does not).

Here is a hilarious but deadly serious denunciation of religious accommodation that harms society, from a well-known Canadian:

Levant has had to defend himself against  persecution from unaccountable Canadian judicial bodies, operating outside common law and acting at the behest of Islamists.

Because Pasta Alm and his fellow congregants seek only to diss traditional beliefs that are actually consistent with civil rights, it’s not likely we’ll be hearing from them about the stuff that matters.

It’s a trait that Canadian commentator Mark Steyn (charged in three different lynch courts, at Islamists’ behest), has often noted: Such people engage in foolish or meaningless street theatre against harmless targets, then vanish like smoke from real conflicts that carry actual costs. Here (abandoned cartoonist faces identity change), for example, and here (abandoned comedian faces ruin) are instances of the supposed supporters of “freedom” doing their usual bunk, leaving the people they sneer at (like Levant) to do the fighting and support the wounded.

But that’s okay – serious issues are for serious people. We’ll leave it to the atheists to be the comic relief. If they get nasty, well, …

Update:This morning I wrote to a friend:

File under “Useless doubters”: = Old-fashioned atheists act stupid – guy gets Austria to allow him to be photo’d for his driver’s licence wearing spaghetti strainer. THAT’LL show those Jews who wear the little caps, like my chem teacher did, decades ago. (A guy whose only perp walk was for setting too high standards for other chem teachers.)

Did any guy ever confuse his identity by wearing one of those little caps? Well, who identifies a man by his bald spot?

Notice: NEVER – not once – do the spaghetti-strainer atheists address face veils – the only important issue where drivers’ licences are concerned.

"Legacy media largely ignore the developments because they are still hoping for a government bailout in exchange for obedient propaganda or silence." And that's part of the reason why the blogosphere and other online media is rendering them obsolete. CannuckianYankee
OK wait- a person who normally has his head up his keister now also wants to wear a colander? Wouldn't that cause irratable bowel syndrome? Or is that the desirable outcome for this ilk? Joseph
I recommend the book to citizens of all representative democracies because most countries have an element of that sort of thing right now. Legacy media largely ignore the developments because they are still hoping for a government bailout in exchange for obedient propaganda or silence. All I say is, if you have to support the newspaper via your taxes, why buy it at the stand? Fact is, Canada has started to throw that sort of thing off. Here’s one little contribution from one LOL. No, trolls. LOL means, around here, a little old lady. A citizen and taxpayer, usually. Someone who often pays trolls' salaries, alas. Non-trolls: Read about it, and come on in. The water's fine. News
Oh, Denyse. I did get one thing wrong. I implied that these things only started in 2002, the year that Warman guy converted to Neo Nazism temporarily so he could drum up more business. It started and continued for decades. I've read half the book already. It's hard to put down. I remember talking to a relative of mine a while back about this issue. The relative lives in a quiet Vancouver suburb, and when I raised the issue she said: "yeah, but these people are saying horrible racist and bigoted things to other people. They deserve to go through this." She no longer believes that I'm sure. But this was a common attitude in Canada before those videos got posted on YouTube. I'm sure it's diminished since. Last count is about 800,000 Canadians who have watched them. CannuckianYankee
"Hey, the green, dark forests are too silent to be real." Denyse, you impress me. A Gord fan! Amen! CannuckianYankee
of somewhat related note: Radio Talk Show host, a Darwinist, gets owned on his own show by Casey Luskin; http://www.evolutionnews.org/2011/07/radio_hot_talker_thom_hartmann048451.html ,,, Exactly who is trying to indoctrinate and who is trying to educate??? Would it not be the side who wishes to suppress peer-reviewed criticism from being discussed??? bornagain77
Cannuckian Yankee, above: You cannot know what hope Levant brought to traditional Canadians, under bondage for more than 40 years, when he spoke out, beginning - in the low, modest voice, consistent with our culture: "My name is Ezra Levant." And, despite being warned not to, he put it on YouTube. Then he proceeded to rip the bureau-totalitarians so badly that that woman quit her job. People were, she said, mad at her. Come again? Mad at her? Canada should be the free-est country on Earth, to judge from the proportion of our population that died to make it so. Yet she and her type had turned it into a hellhole of accommodation to any local or international thug. Not any more, we hope. Hey, the green, dark forests are too silent to be real. They'll EAT those people. Or we'll send them packing. Either way, okay. O'Leary
lol Mung
Me: "I just downloaded Mr. Levant’s book onto my Kindle." Hitchens: "and a grown-up duty to kindle that spark into a flame." I guess you could say I've literally Kindled a spark. CannuckianYankee
BTW, regarding Ezra Levant's book: Shakedown: How Our Government is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights - Christopher Hitchens has this to say: "I was at a low moment, and beginning to fear that our adversarial culture was dying and the open society was losing its will to resist, when Ezra Levant showed that every citizen has the birthright of a little spark, and a grown-up duty to kindle that spark into a flame. Let the bureaucrats do their worst: the tongue and the word are chainless and nothing is sacred except this freedom above all." — Christopher Hitchens, author of God is Not Great From the editorial review found here: http://www.amazon.com/Shakedown-Government-Undermining-Democracy-ebook/dp/B0031TZARA/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2 CannuckianYankee
"Levant has had to defend himself against three different persecutions from unaccountable Canadian judicial bodies, operating outside common law and acting at the behest of Islamists." The following is Ezra Levant's very impassioned testimony before the Alberta HRC in 2008. He's poised to go down as a Canadian hero on human rights - the order of these videos is hard to follow because they aren't numbered. I believe there's 7 or 8 of them. I especially liked the short one where the "commissioner" says: "Well you're certainly entitled to your opinion." Say what? Isn't his opinion what brought him to the commission in the first place?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzVJTHIvqw8&feature=relmfu The following is an interview with Ezra Levant on the Michael Coran show in the midst of the proceedings in Alberta. There are 6 videos in all: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NQqjNkW21M&feature=related The following is Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn testifying before the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in 2009. I'll start you at part 1 of 7 - very revealing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-h21ukA5lFA&feature=related I just downloaded Mr. Levant's book onto my Kindle. I can't wait to read it. I'm absolutely appalled at what has been happening in Canada with these tribunals since 2002. Levant and Steyn give excellent arguments for why Section 13 should be abolished. Yet, as you will see in the above videos, there are still some diehard legislators who believe that not only should you be publicly humiliated by the government for offending someone, but that books like Mein Kampf should be outlawed. I hate Mein Kampf, but if it were outlawed, Hitler's views would then become the views of a hero. Steyn and Levant make the case quite well in the 3rd set of videos. I hope Canadians drive these ideologues out of office. Eventually the one's who desire to do so will even lose their right to vote on the basis of hate speech law. America needs to wake up as well, because while these things are currently happening in academia: See here: http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=7567291&page=1 We're not far down the road from what's going on in Canada. Denyse, You're right when you say I should come back to Canada and fight. I'll be in Mississauga in September or October, but just to visit. California is now my home, and if these things start happening to that extent here you can bet I'll be fighting. BTW if spaghetti strainers hinder cops from identifying atheists, they should of course be removed. If they don't, then atheists have every right to drive around town looking like fools. It's the spirit of democracy. ;) CannuckianYankee
So he actually fought for the 'right' to wear a straining pot on his head??? :) And he wasn't drunk??? Well more power to him, I hope all atheists take up this practice of wearing pots on their heads!!! OT from Crevo: Plant Patterns Prolong Perplexity Excerpt: Plants perform a wonder that has attracted the admiration of scholars from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome to modern times: the ability to reproduce mathematically perfect patterns. This ability, called phyllotaxis, can be described mathematically with the Fibonacci Series and the Golden Angle.,,, http://crev.info/content/110711-phyllotaxis Related video with beautiful animation in the last part of video: Fibonacci Numbers - The Fingerprint of God - video http://www.metacafe.com/watch/5988843/ bornagain77

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