Bad news for Pastafarians. A federal court in Nebraska ruled Flying Spaghetti Monster is not actually a god.
Stephen Cavanaugh, prisoner of the Nebraska State Penitentiary sued prison officials because, “their refusal to accommodate his religious requests.” His request to have Pastafarianism recognized as his official religion was smacked down by a U.S. District Court who wrote, “The FSM Gospel is plainly a work of satire, meant to entertain while making a pointed political statement. To read it as religious doctrine would be little different from grounding a ‘religious exercise’ on any other work of fiction.”
According to Religion News:
Pastafarianism was created in 2005 as a means of protesting the Kansas State Board of Education’s decision to include “intelligent design” — the notion that the universe is so complex it must be the work of some unknown designer — in its science curriculum.
There are Pastafarian groups around the world that frequently gather for events involving pasta, meatballs and alcohol. Some have won the right to wear colanders on their heads for driver’s licenses and other government-issued identification.
The decision is pretty obvious if you think about. As Professor Jacobson so astutely pointed out, “no where in the constitution does it state that spaghetti is a God.”
The Constitution wins against the spaghetti onslaught.
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