“Pastafarian” wins right to wear strainer on government ID

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In some countries, cooking is like a religion. In the Czech Republic, it apparently is.


Lukas Novy, a Czech “Pastafarian,” has legally won the right to wear a spaghetti strainer in his official government ID card photo, citing religious reasons, as a devout member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

What is Pastafarianism, you ask? According to their website, the satirical sect was formed by a bunch of peaceful pirate explorers with a penchant for beer, ruled by an invisible noodly monster who “boiled for your sins.”

Surprisingly, it’s not the first time a government has recognized Pastafarians’ sieve-donning habits as being as legitimate as any other religious practice.

Written By: Liz Fields
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  1. The Spaghedeity is known to be a re-statement of Russell’s teapot, a parody of the ontological argument. I’m delighted that it is being aired in an accessible way to highlight the sheer lunacy of religious arguments but honestly when governments take this stuff seriously as a sincere religious belief they’ve lost the plot.

    • But really, they ‘lost the plot’ when they took all that other (mainstream religion) s**t seriously in the first place. All they can do is continue on the path, and it leads them to this ridiculous place. I love it.

      In reply to #4 by Vorlund:

      The Spaghedeity is known to be a re-statement of Russell’s teapot, a parody of the ontological argument. I’m delighted that it is being aired in an accessible way to highlight the sheer lunacy of religious arguments but honestly when governments take this stuff seriously as a sincere religious beli…

  2. The article argues that only ” sincerely held” religious beliefs should be exempt from the law, since allowing all prank-religions that privilige would invite anarchie.

    I would suggest a third option: No religious belief should ever be relevant to the law.

    • In reply to #6 by Nibla:

      The article argues that only ” sincerely held” religious beliefs should be exempt from the law, since allowing all prank-religions that privilige would invite anarchie.

      I would suggest a third option: No religious belief should ever be relevant to the law.

      Well, then any Christian who doesn’t believe in stoning unruly kids to death, obviously isn’t ‘sincere’ in his belief, so he cant be exempt from the law either. DONE! Lol

  3. It is presumed that tonight, hundreds of thousands of self-listed Jedis around the world will help celebrate Novy’s small win in the battle for freedom of expression for all religions, hoping perhaps that soon the time will come when their own saber-wielding ways will be enshrined in legislation.

    May the force be with them.

  4. OMG~! That is great~! I have found most atheists just sit around whining like they are The View girls. It takes a brave person to be active out in reality. 3 years it took for this guy to make his fight a reality.

  5. The Pastafarian spaghetti strainer is as legitimate a piece of headgear as those worn by members of other religions.This highlights the silliness of religion nicely.Thank you Pastafarian,may you always have the comfort of the touch of His noodly appendage.Orzo!!!!

  6. What you all need to know is that I have actually met the actual Flying Spaghetti Monster.

    You may now express your astonishment and admiration.

    It happened on October 31, 2010 at the Rally to Restore Sanity in Washington DC. As I was shuffling through the crowds in a state of exhaustion on that dusty, overheated Mall, I looked up (miraculously) to see that the crowd had parted and as I gazed forth through that open space, there HE was in all of HIS glory…FSM HIMself, in full regalia, with noodly appendages wafting in the putrid Potomac breeze. It was a seminal moment that changed my life forever.

    In total disregard of the stench, I approached and was graced with a touch from one of HIS noodly appendages (it was one on the left side of HIM which I interprete to be an endorsement of my own personal left handedness) and I can hardly explain what happened next. I don’t pretend to understand this, but my teeth clenched, head tilted back, and I did lose contact with reality for just a few seconds. What the hell was that anyway?

    Any-who, I now consider myself to be a vessel for HIS desires and I’m prepared to fall to my knees and worship HIM in whatever way that he sees fitting of HIS exalted status. What you are surely wondering now is whether or not I may be the recipient of nonverbal messages from HIM. The answer is yes. In fact, HE has just informed me that HE is in a rigatoni rage over the production and consumption of gluten free pasta products by ungrateful BLASPHEMERS who will be cast into caldrons of boiling Marinara sauce!!!!! You have been duly warned!

    All praise Ramen! Full gluten unto you for all eternity!

  7. Should do more of this stuff. Demand more and more ridiculous exemptions from the law under ‘religious freedom’ until governments finally lose patience and put a blanket ban on ‘religious exemptions’ from the law.

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