Friday, July 15, 2011

Austrian Man Wears "Pastafarian" Colander as Headgear in Driver's License Photo

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Another one touched by his noodly appendage. As far as religious headgear goes, a colander doesn't look too bad, especially on this Austrian fellow. Good looking and funny too? Ramen.


Austrian Wins Right To Wear Pasta Strainer In Driver’s License

Niko Alm first applied for the licence three years ago after reading that headgear was allowed in official pictures only for confessional reasons.
Mr Alm said the sieve was a requirement of his religion, pastafarianism.
The Austrian authorities required him to obtain a doctor’s certificate that he was "psychologically fit" to drive. . .

Read more at: The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster


  1. May the Pastafarians make an ever bigger splash.

    1) After denying so vehemently that atheism is not a religion the Pastafarian sect of atheism fights for equal rights to freely express their religious beliefs. As Niko Alm states it, his goal is for “Pastafarianism to become an officially recognised faith in Austria.”

    2) The Flying Spaghetti Monster actually proved was that some people are utterly ignorant of natural theology / general revelation. These propose the best that science and philosophy have offer as to the universe’s coming into being. They propose that the universe had a creator and even identify some of the creator’s characteristics.

  2. One need not "deny vehemently" that atheism is not a religion. It is simply a fact. There is no deity or central revered figure. There is no dogma. There is no scripture. There are no commandments. There is no particular fellowship or "church." To an atheistic agnostic like myself, my "atheism" is merely a way of saying that I put God/Jesus/Krishna/Whomever in the same category as Santa Claus/Easter Bunny/Tooth Fairy/Superman. Fiction.

    I would put atheism or agnosticism in the "religion" category only in the sense that you would put it there on a form or survey. Much like you'd put "bald" in the "hair color" box. Bald is not a hair color, and non-belief is not a religion. Or maybe even more succinctly, "non-smoker" is not a category of addiction.

    The Flying Spaghetti Monster (bless His noodly goodness) is a parody of religion. The action of the man with the strainer is much like the actions of the man who invented FSM to make a point about the ridiculousness of "Intelligent Design." It is social commentary, and it's particularly humorous commentary. I find the "Eight I Really Rather You Didn'ts" much more sensible than the ten commandments.

    As for your link? Meh. "Raised in Christianity" means exactly what you think it does. It means raised like any other Christian, but at some point had a revelation that it wasn't true. To assume that many or most non-believers have an immature, child-like basis for this conclusion is insulting and presumptuous. And to conclude that a non-believer--after dumping religion at Sunday-school age--never revisits or ponders their reasons, never continues study--is likewise insulting and presumptuous. In fact, most non-believers I've met are well versed in the tenants of Christianity, and usually have quite a bit of knowledge about other religions as well. I do not claim encyclopedic King James knowledge, but I always do well with Biblical "Jeopardy!" and Trivial Pursuit questions. So there!


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