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- Nov 20, 2012
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You might think transport staff would apply the brakes if you turned up with a driving licence photo of yourself with a colander on your head.
But Asia Lemmon said faces drained only briefly when she presented the photo to Utah authorities — they had to spray by the rules because the headgear is a religious statement.
Lemmon, whose legal name appears on her driving licence as Jessica Steinhauser, says the pasta strainer represents her beliefs in the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
The Flying Spaghetti Monster movement, also known as “Pastafarianism”, started in 2005 as a protest against teaching intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in Kansas schools.
When she had the photo taken on September 29, Lemmon said she was not sure if staff at the Division of Motor Vehicles office in Hurricane would allow her to wear the headgear, but “it was surprisingly really, really easy”.
Nannette Rolfe, director of Utah’s Driver Licence Division, said about a dozen Pastafarians have had their state driving licence photos taken with a similar colander or pasta strainer on their heads in recent years.
“As long as we can get a visual of the face, we’re fine if they choose to wear the headgear,” she said. ...
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http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-...social&ns_campaign=bbcnews&ns_source=facebookNew Zealand: Pastafarian marriage ceremonies approved
16 December 2015
New Zealand has given approval to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to carry out marriage ceremonies in the country.
Members of the church call themselves Pastafarians and believe that the world was created by an airborne spaghetti and meatballs-based being, although its own website notes that some followers consider it to be a satirical organisation.
http://www.thelocal.de/20160406/flying-spaghetti-monster-church-sues-brandenburgBrandenburg faces wrath of Flying Spaghetti Monster
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster in Brandenburg is suing the state over what they say is their right to post signs around town.
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) in Templin has filed charges against the state of Brandenburg over being able to post signs around town, with the first hearing set for Wednesday, according to the group.
The FSM church explained in a statement that in December, it had discussed with local authorities its status and agreed it could qualify as an "ideological community". They therefore had the right to post signs advertising their "noodle mass" - just as Protestant and Catholic churches advertise their own masses and gatherings with roadside signs.
Then, Brandenburg Culture Minister Sabine Kunst declared that because the spaghetti monster followers were not officially designated as a religious community, they would therefore have to remove the signs.
Worshippers saw no recourse but to bring the case to court.
"No matter what happens, the opposition has shot themselves in the foot," Brother Spaghettus, also known as Rüdiger Weida, told Jetzt, because either they will allow the signs to be set up again, "or we will take it to the next level court."
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was established in the United States in 2005 as a satirical way to protest fundamentalist Christians pushing for the intelligent design theory to be taught in schools.
Equal time should be devoted to the idea that science alone could not explain the emergence of life as to the theory of evolution, the religious groups demanded.
FSM founder, Bobby Henderson, called for his beliefs to also be awarded equal time in the classroom if the Christians' demands were accepted.
Since then, the church's "Pastafarian" followers have spread throughout the world, gathering at noodle masses to eat spaghetti and drink beer.
Pastafarians often wear colanders on their head, believe that humans descended from pirates (“the original Pastafarians”) and that in the afterlife they can look forward to a heaven complete with a “beer volcano and stripper factory”.
“Elements of our religion are sometimes described as satire and there are many members who do not literally believe our scripture, but this isn’t unusual in religion. A lot of Christians don’t believe the Bible is literally true – but that doesn’t mean they aren’t True Christians,” the FSM website states.
"We are not some kind of mindless, nonsense troupe that many people think we are," Brother Spaghettus told Jetzt.
"We remain confident in the right to our claim and are prepared to achieve it through all legal means," Brother Spaghettus wrote in a statement.
New Zealand stages first Pastafarian wedding on pirate boat
SOURCE: https://www.apnews.com/06c11b92f92d427a8a38b5f1ab583080Pastafarian pastor leads prayer at Alaska government meeting
A pastor wearing a colander on his head offered the opening prayer on behalf of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to open a local government meeting in Alaska, the latest blessing from a nontraditional church since a court ruling.
Barrett Fletcher, the Pastafarian pastor, noted the duties performed by the members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in his Tuesday message, adding a few of them “seem to feel they can’t do the work without being overseen by a higher authority” ...
“So, I’m called to invoke the power of the true inebriated creator of the universe, the drunken tolerator (sic) of the all lesser and more recent gods, and maintainer of gravity here on earth. May the great Flying Spaghetti Monster rouse himself from his stupor and let his noodly appendages ground each assembly member in their seats,” Fletcher said.
The only people who stood for the invocation were those without seats in the standing-room-only assembly hall in Soldotna, which is about 75 miles (121 kilometers) south of Anchorage. One man turned his back to face the wall during the invocation, and other men did not remove their hats.
The Pastafarian invocation followed one in June from Satanic Temple member Iris Fontana that caused about a dozen people to leave the chamber in protest when she invoked “Hail Satan” in her opening prayer.
Fontana was among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit litigated by the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska against the borough after it approved a 2016 policy saying that people who wanted to give the invocations at the government body’s meetings had to belong to official organizations with an established presence on the Kenai Peninsula. Other plaintiffs who had been denied permission to give the invocations included an atheist and a Jewish woman.
The Alaska Supreme Court last October ruled that the borough policy was unconstitutional, and the borough government changed it in November to allow anyone to offer invocations regardless of religion. ...
Barrett, who started his chapter in Homer, on the lower Kenai Peninsula, concluded his opening prayer as asking the Flying Spaghetti Monster to provide each assembly member “satisfaction in the perception of accomplishment and allow them true relaxation and an ample supply of their favorite beverage at the end of this evening’s work.”
He then ended the prayer with: “Ramen.”
As an ordained minister in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster does this mean I'll have to go an hide in my 'panic room'? I bloody well hope not as I'm in the middle of cooking up a pot of a rather tasty Bolognese sauce in between looking at posts here and that will really throw a spanner in the works.Is someone trying to silence the Pastafarians? Anyone know?