Pastafarians Have Rights, Too! AND With Good Reason.

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Lindsay Miller of The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster will not be denied her First Amendment rights!

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As reported by Raw Story, thanks to the efforts of legal representation from the American Humanist Association, this Pastafarian has been deemed as able to wear the traditional headwear of her church in her driver’s license picture: a spaghetti strainer.

 

One might think of this solely as a mockery of freedom of religion, religion itself and, well, a lot of what many Americans hold sacred, and obviously there is a touch of sarcasm when it comes to practitioners of FSM beliefs. A stated tenet of theirs is that the existence of a flying spaghetti monster is “just as probable as the existence of the Christian God.”

Here is an introduction to their belief structure, complete with a “God Back Guarantee” if you are dissatisfied with FSM worship after 30 days:

 

While by design they are impossible to take seriously, they are entitled to the same rights that all the rest of us enjoy. Even if their religion outwardly appears to be of an atheistic pranky variety, though it states in bold letters on their website that this is NOT an atheist’s club. They are a good reminder of the spirit of what James Madison and the 1st Congress of the United States truly intended with the First Amendment, that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the exercise thereof.

Thomas Jefferson, himself a champion of the separation of Church and State, is quoted as saying that “the legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others.” When did a noodle ever hurt anyone? Also: “[Jefferson] shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.” Which includes the natural right to believe whatever the hell one wants to believe for whatever the hell reason one wants to believe it.

In this day and age, many are taking their own personal beliefs way too seriously and trying to subject the rest of us to their own values system. One needs not look further than the so-called “pro-life” movement to see how unAmerican religious fundamentalism truly can be. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster’s response to fundamentalism? Hilarious, of course.

In closing, more words of wisdom from the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, an organization borne of the times in which we live:



Some Pastafarians honestly believe in the FSM, and some see it as satire. I would just make the point that satire is an honest, legitimate basis for religion. Satire relies on truth to be effective. If it’s a joke, it’s a joke where to understand the punchline you must be conscious of underlying truth.

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