‘Pastafarian’ Man Wins Religious Liberty Battle To Wear A Pasta Strainer On His Government ID Card

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    ‘Pastafarian’ Man Wins Religious Liberty Battle To Wear A Pasta Strainer On His Government ID Card

    Lukas Novy says he’s a member of the “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster,” a satirical faith which teaches that a creature composed of pasta and meatballs “created the world much as it exists today,” that pirates “were peaceful explorers and it was due to Christian misinformation that they have an image of outcast criminals today,” and that beer is good. In observance of this faith, Novy, a resident of the Czech Republic, insisted that he be allowed to wear a pasta sieve on his head while being photographed for an official government ID. And he succeeded:

    Pastafarian ID

    Czech officials ruled that the nation’s religious liberty laws required this result. According to a government spokesperson, Novy’s request “complies with the laws of the Czech Republic where headgear for religious or medical reasons is permitted if it does not hide the face.”

    Obviously, this is an intentionally absurd story of a man finding a legal loophole and exploiting it in a humorous (and harmless) way. But Novy’s Pastafarian ID card does speak to a broader problem facing any religious liberty regime: a religious liberty regime must be able to sort legitimate religious objections from attempts to game the law. In the United States, for example, individuals claiming they are exempt from the law due to religious objections must base those objections in “sincerely held” religious beliefs — not in a non-religious belief, a made up belief, or a prank. The alternative to policing this line is virtual anarchy, because without it anyone could raise virtually any objection to virtually any law and receive a religious exemption from having to comply with it.

    There are early signs, however, that this line could break down. In one Michigan lawsuit, a corporate CEO claims he has the religious right to deny birth control coverage to his employees, even though he’s told the press that his objections to complying with federal contraceptive law is really more secular. A federal judge recently handed down such an expansive view of religious liberty that it would essentially allow religious groups to unilaterally declare that they hold any belief and then receive sweeping legal immunities for making that declaration.

    Ultimately the later case has a decent chance of being reversed on appeal, and the former case is still caught in an early stage of litigation. Nevertheless, the fact remains that there is normally much more at stake in litigation than whether some guy gets to wear a silly hat on his ID card, and a too-expansive religious exemptions regime can be no less harmful than one that is too dismissive of religious freedom.

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/08/02/2399191/pastafarian-man-wins-religious-liberty-battle-to-wear-a-pasta-sieve-on-his-government-id-card/

     
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    Re: ‘Pastafarian’ Man Wins Religious Liberty Battle To Wear A Pasta Strainer On His Government ID Card

    "Religious liberty"

    Gotta love it.

    But then, my homemade lasagna is like a spiritual experience, too.

     
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    Re: ‘Pastafarian’ Man Wins Religious Liberty Battle To Wear A Pasta Strainer On His Government ID Card

    So, wearing a strainer on your head in Checkoslovakia is like not paying for birth control in the U.S.

    Direct proof that liberalism is a mental disorder.

     
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    Re: ‘Pastafarian’ Man Wins Religious Liberty Battle To Wear A Pasta Strainer On His Government ID Card

    In response to skeeter20's comment:

    So, wearing a strainer on your head in Checkoslovakia is like not paying for birth control in the U.S.

    Direct proof that liberalism is a mental disorder.



    your comprehension skills are not very good. i would try and explain, but it would be pointless. back to fox news and bible thumping you go...

     
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    Re: ‘Pastafarian’ Man Wins Religious Liberty Battle To Wear A Pasta Strainer On His Government ID Card

    In response to MrCricket's comment:

     

    In response to skeeter20's comment:

     

     

     

    So, wearing a strainer on your head in Checkoslovakia is like not paying for birth control in the U.S.

    Direct proof that liberalism is a mental disorder.

     

     



    your comprehension skills are not very good. i would try and explain, but it would be pointless. back to fox news and bible thumping you go...

     

     

     



    Comprehension is fine. The author uses a anti-religion movement in chekoslovakia to support his contention that a company in the U.S. Not wanting to pay for birth control via insurance, for religious reasons, is the same thing.

     

    now, go work on your comprehension skills, or put a pasta strainer on your head.

     
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    Re: ‘Pastafarian’ Man Wins Religious Liberty Battle To Wear A Pasta Strainer On His Government ID Card

    I believe the proper name for a pasta strainer is a colander..

     

     

     

    At the end of your rope                                                                                                     

    Hanging by a thread

    He'd give anything for this to just go away

    This grip is only so strong

     

    I try to hold on tightly

    But it's all slipping through my fingers

    In a fleeting moment 

    Aspirations bled dry

    Eyes that once beamed with hope now only stare in remorse.

     

    -Times of grace

     
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    Re: ‘Pastafarian’ Man Wins Religious Liberty Battle To Wear A Pasta Strainer On His Government ID Card

    In response to xXR3S1NXx's comment:

    I believe the proper name for a pasta strainer is a colander..

     

     

     

    At the end of your rope                                                                                                     

    Hanging by a thread

    He'd give anything for this to just go away

    This grip is only so strong

     

    I try to hold on tightly

    But it's all slipping through my fingers

    In a fleeting moment 

    Aspirations bled dry

    Eyes that once beamed with hope now only stare in remorse.

     

    -Times of grace



    Mine is made of plastic and does nothing to keep out the mind control radio waves.

     

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