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Pastafarians win another one!

Pastafarians win another one!

Atheist and proud: Asia Carrera wears ‘Pastafarian’ colander for Utah license photo:

A former adult movie star, claiming membership in the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, was allowed to exercise her religious rights by having her Utah driver’s license photo taken wearing a colander on her head. According to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, the colander is the official headwear of the satirical religious movement that mocks traditional religions, with members calling themselves ‘Pastafarians.’

Lemmon, who says she is an atheist, said claiming membership in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was a decision she’s proud of. “I’m a really proud, outspoken atheist,” Lemmon said. “I am proud of Utah for allowing freedom of all religions in what is considered by many to be a one-religion state. I wanted to see if I could (wear the colander) in Utah. I wasn’t sure if they would let me.”

According to the St. George resident, she met with early resistance at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Hurricane but, presented with printed documents backing up her religious freedom, DMV employees took the photo without question. “It was surprisingly really, really easy,” she said. Not all Pastafarians have had such an easy time posing for a driver’s license photo in their religious headgear. A DMV in New Jersey called police on a man who refused to remove a colander from his head last year.

Bobby Henderson, founder of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, said in an interview that he approved of the actions of Lemmon and the DMV. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster had its genesis in a satirical open letter written by Henderson in 2005, protesting the Kansas State Board of Education’s decision to allow teaching Intelligent Design as an alternative to evolution in public schools. Henderson wrote a letter that satirized creationism by stating a belief that whenever scientists carbon date an object, there is a supernatural creator, closely resembling spaghetti and meatballs, “modifying the data with his Noodly Appendage,” according to the church’s website.

Henderson says that all are welcome in his church.

“We are not anti-religion,” Henderson explains on his website. “We are anti-crazy nonsense done in the name of religion. There is a big difference. Our ideal is to scrutinize ideas and actions but ignore general labels.”

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The church of the flying spaghetti monster"
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{The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was created in protest much like Protestantism or Lutheranism. It has spread world wide as a vehicle for protest against not the religions themselves but the nonsense often done in religions name. Its silliness is purposeful as it mirrors much of what is silly in the way some theists interpret their religion.

Unfortunately many theists fail to see the humor in the church of the flying spaghetti monster or in their own beliefs. They insist that even the most ludicrous of their Churches dogma is true beyond any reasonable doubt and its all the other religions that believe and practice preposterous things. Many of these radical theists would rather have a theocracy than allow many different Churches to practise their beliefs together in peace and harmony. As well many of these more extreme theists hate atheists as they see us as a threat. To them those of us who do not believe in God automatically means we are working for the devil. Strange logic but... there you are.

A little humor can do a lot of good but its worth remembering the Church exists for a serious reason. Its mission is to put an end to "Creationism" and its stillborn twin "Intelligent Design" as a worthy subject to teach along side or in replace of "evolution" in our public schools and to send it back to the Churches were it belongs. A worthwhile and important [sign in to see URL]'t you think?}

"libido sciendi"..... the passion to know.
11/18/2014, 5:52 pm Link to this post PM Noserose

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