Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Czech "Pastafarian" Photographed With Collander On Head For National ID

For a little levity, there's a Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (CFSM), the followers are called Pastafarians, and adherents like to have their identity photos taken with colanders (strainers or sieves, if you prefer) perched on their heads. Some countries are actually accommodating the demands of these jokesters.

Lukas Novy, from Brno in the Czech Republic, is a Pastafarian who was allowed to get his official  ID card- with his colander headgear- because of religious equality laws in that country.

According to Pavel Zarna, City Hall spokesman:

 'The application complies with the laws of the Czech Republic where headgear for religious or medical reasons is permitted if it does not hide the face.'
A little background on the Flying Spaghetti Monsters from Daily Mail UK:

According to its tongue-in-cheek website their 'only dogma ... is the rejection of dogma'.

Members claim to believe that an invisible alien made of spaghetti and meatballs created the universe after 'drinking heavily.'

In 2005, physics graduate Bobby Henderson, 24, from Oregon State wrote a letter about a 'Flying Spaghetti Monster' as a protest against the Kansas State Board of Education's decision to allow the teaching of intelligent fesign as an alternative to evolution in public schools.

The 'religion' arose as a response to pressure for American schools to teach the theory known as intelligent design, which some Christians favour as an alternative to natural selection and evolution. The theory argues life must have been helped to develop by an unseen power.

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster wrote to the Kansas School Board asking for the Pastafarian version of intelligent design to be taught to schoolchildren as a way of criticising the intelligent design campaigners.

By professing belief in a supernatural entity composed of pasta and meatballs, Henderson called on 'Pastafarianism' to be given equal time in science classrooms alongside Christian theory.

CFSM claims to have thousands of Pastafarians around the world.

You can become a Pastafarian minister for a mere $20.00.

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