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Polish Pastafarians vow to fight for legal recognition as a legitimate faith

Polish Pastafarians vow to fight for legal recognition as a legitimate faith

POLISH members  the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster are apparently facing opposition from the authorities, who are loathe to recognise it as a bona fide religious entity.

This, Pastaparians say, is tantamount to discrimination, and, in a statement posted on its website, the Polish branch of the church, which believes the world was created by a pasta-based entity, pointed out that all faiths faced persecution at their inception, and that the Polish state had underestimated its believers’ faith in “His Noodliness”.

The statement added:

Do not be afraid, as it will only be a matter of time before our community is registered as a religious association.

It added it will first appeal to the Polish supreme court.

If that doesn’t work:

We declare that we will bring a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Although it claims to have existed in quiet anonymity for hundreds of years, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster first emerged into the public eye in 2005 during a dispute over a decision by the Kansas Education Board to allow the teaching of “intelligent design” as a counter-measure to creationism.

It has since then attracted widespread publicity on numerous occasions, mainly through the actions of “Pastafarians,” as the devotees of the church call themselves.

Two years ago an Austrian Pastafarian won the right on to be photographed wearing a pasta strainer on his head for his driving licence photograph. He had argued that a refusal to allow him to wear the kitchen accessory would violate his religious freedom.

Austrian Pastafarian Niko Alm

Austrian Pastafarian Niko Alm

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission weren’t that accommodating. In February it refused to allow Pastafarian Aaron Williams to renew his licence wearing a colander on his head.

Williams complained:

Had it been a turban or a head scarf, or something from a mainstream religion, then it would’ve been fine. I guess since they hadn’t heard of the religion, that’s why they opposed it. But that’s not really acceptable to me. They’re not in a position to discriminate against religions that are mainstream, or not mainstream, just because they may not have heard about it.

This sort of official disapproval rests on  suspicions that far from being a legitimate religion the “church” amounts to little more that an irreverent mockery of established faiths and churches.

But Pastafarians remain undaunted by bureaucratic disdain. In a rallying call to the faithful, the Polish branch said:

Brother and sister, let us join together in the faith. Together we can overcome the difficulties and low carbohydrates, and fill the uncompromising hearts of civil servants with a portion of penne.

In other bizarre news today, we learn that the notorious “God Hates Fags” Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, has acquired an unwelcome new neighbour  – a gay rights centre decked out in rainbow colours.

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The centre, opposite the despicable Phelps family church, is the brainchild of Aaron Jackson, 31, whose other projects have included opening orphanages in India and Haiti and buying a thousand acres of endangered rain forest in Peru. This year, his charity, Planting Peace, also intends to de-worm every child in Guatemala.

Jackson said  he had been looking for a way to support equality, anti-bullying programmes, and some sort of pro-LGBT initiative.

Hat tip: Agent Cormac (Pastafarian report)

21 Responses to “Polish Pastafarians vow to fight for legal recognition as a legitimate faith”

  1. AgentCormac says:

    “Brother and sister, let us join together in the faith,” the Polish branch said in a rallying cry to the faithful. “Together we can overcome the difficulties and low carbohydrates, and fill the uncompromising hearts of civil servants with a portion of penne.”

    Chortle! Chortle!

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/poland/9940397/Church-of-the-Flying-Spaghetti-Monster-vow-to-take-Poland-to-European-court.html

  2. remigius says:

    There is a White House petition in the US to have Pastafarianism officially recognised. It only needs a few more signatures to be accepted for consideration.

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/officially-recognize-religion-pastafarianism-whose-god-flying-spaghetti-monster/7fdgWT37

  3. Matt Westwood says:

    Ramen!

  4. barriejohn says:

    The meeja are now going bonkers over the enthronement of Justin Welsby tomorrow (I wonder whether President Mugabe will be there?). Did you know that Welsby MD couldn’t be in Rome as he was taking part in a “Pilgrimage of Prayer” around Kent, where he was “mobbed like a pop star”? Aaah – how lovely!

    http://www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/news/regional-news/throng-greets-pilgrim-archbishop-1-4910424

  5. L.Long says:

    All half baked faery tales are the same in fact so should be treated the same. Want to see which countries are theocracies??? Watch how the Pastafarians are treated.

  6. jay says:

    “New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission weren’t that accommodating. ..”

    New Jersey is kind of wacko. They now won’t even let you wear glasses for the photo (this pissed off my wife who always poses with her glasses–in fact she had her picture painted wearing nothing but her glasses).

    It has to do with some image recognition software (really ‘smart’ but easily fooled by glasses??) I suppose they are looking for people who register under multiple names. Probably doesn’t work well and probably can’t handle a spaghetti strainer. This isn’t the first time they’ve been bamboozled into buying worthless software.

  7. OurSally says:

    If I start a sect to worship the invisible pink unicorn in my garage can I then offset my mortgage against tax? Hmm, needs thinking about. I’ll ask the unicorn – mostly he agrees with me.

  8. 1859 says:

    My God On High is a Clothes Peg. What’s yours?

  9. L.Long says:

    Here in USA we have many that think that we should tax churches, which I agree with. May be the best way to do this is all start our own religions (atheism is a religion anyway ;-}. And eventually the gov’mint will have to tax them as there will only be churches and the untaxed 1%.

  10. Broga says:

    The Pastafarians and Jedi Knights have very definite potential. Could they get in on the faith school scam?

    @barriejohn: I have missed the Justin Welby Show. I thought it was being downgraded by the BBC compared to the recent fashion parade, strictly frocks and funny hats, in Rome. Maybe I just haven’t been paying attention.

  11. Lazy Susan says:

    “far from being a legitimate religion the “church” amounts to little more that an irreverent mockery of established faiths and churches”

    What on earth gives them that idea?

    Would reverent mockery make it a legitimate religion? “With all due respect, ha ha!”

    This one has legs. Long may it run.

  12. barriejohn says:

    Lazy Susan: Since when did Mohammedans or Roman Catholics regard other faiths as “legitimate religions”? According to them, ANY faith other than their own is completely bogus!

  13. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    What is a legitimate religion? And just why should a government, any government get involved in recognising religions? By what means does a government decide what is religious and what isn’t?

    Surely it’s not up to governments to decide on this. If pastafarians wish to call themselves religious then they have the right to do so. What they believe in and profess as true is no more silly than what any other religions believe in. Whatever accusations are thrown at them can be also be thrown at any other religion and whatever reasons are given for any other religions to be treated as “true” religions can also be applied to pastafarianism.

  14. Stephen Mynett says:

    Graham, it is a very interesting and difficult question to define what is a religion. Ninian Smart came up with his seven dimensions of religion in an attempt to decide: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninian_Smart#Dimensions_of_religion

    Ultimately it is down to the government and whether they like you or not. There are certainly some things that are recognised as a religion in some countries and not others, Scientology springs to mind.

  15. Broga says:

    There is as much justification, or lack of it, for pastafarianism as for any if the other religions. Is a collander on a pastafarian’s head any more bizarre than the hats the RCs and C.of E.’s are wearing? I agree with Lazy Susan this one definitely has legs. It can muddy up many of the reasons that the supposed “real” religions offer for their privileges. We must have a pastafarian and Jedi Knight presence on TfTD.

    There is a detachment from real life with both the Rome Charade and the current C.of E. jamboree. Both have poorly attended, if not empty churches, both believe in an imaginary being, both have men dressed in frocks with big hats and the Top Cat in each is famous for being famous and nothing else as far as I can see. The RC outfit is also subject to endemic paedophilia. Meanwhile, despite the deluge of publicity from the media, with the reverential BBC well to the fore, most other people I meet are indifferent about these supposedly world changing events. They never mention them.

  16. Marky Mark says:

    (He had argued that a refusal to allow him to wear the kitchen accessory would violate his religious freedom.)
    …LOL, gotta love this guy. His argument is as authentic as any of the other “traditional” religious cults.

  17. Lazy Susan says:

    BarrieJohn – Each faith may regard the others are completely bogus – but oh, how they “respect” each other.

    The reason for this is simple. If they don’t hang together, they’ll hang separately. The high heid yins of each faith are well aware just how precarious their castle in the air is.

  18. Rev.Dr.Jo. says:

    I be saying before and I be saying it again….

    Harrr! heathens and infidels!

    The Gospel of The Flying Spaghetti Monster:
    “DEAR FRIEND,
    Welcome to the wonderful world of religion!

    These are exciting times in holiness—politicians are crusading, nations are invading, and science1 is fading. With these changes come religious opportunities the likes of which haven’t been seen since the Reformation… or at least since the persecuted masses first huddled together and shipped off to that great democratic revival meeting we call the United States of America.

    With this in mind, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) invites you to learn a little more about us. We’d like to tell you all about our Heaven, which features a Stripper Factory and a giant Beer Volcano. We’d love to see you dressed in His chosen garb: full Pirate regalia. We want you to enjoy Fridays as His chosen holiday. But first you need to know a little more about us.”

    Where be the mention of wearing utensils from ye galley?

  19. ANon says:

    In the name of the farro, lasagna and the hot spaghetti, Ramen