I hope you know about the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. a light-hearted ‘faith’ whose members call themselves Pastafarians because their ‘only dogma… is the rejection of dogma’. Pastafarians believe that an invisible alien made of spaghetti and meatballs created the universe after ‘drinking heavily.’
Lukas Novy, a man from Czech Republic, has been allowed to wear a sieve on his head for religious reason on his official identity card. He says that his Pastafarian faith means he has to wear the sieve at all times. Officials ruled that turning down Novy’s request would be a breach of the country’s religious equality laws.
Now look at Novy’s driving license.
It is so cool. I am laughing out loud. Really. Nothing is better than mocking religion.
Novy was influenced by Niko Alm, his fellow Pastafarian in Austria. Niko had the idea when he read that headdresses were allowed in official pictures only for religious reasons. Niko sent his application for a new driver’s licence in 2008 along with a picture of himself with a colander on his head. A colander is a bowl-shaped kitchen utensil with holes in it used for draining food such as pasta or rice. Officials first objected to the sieve on his head for his driving licence photograph. It took Niko three years to get the license, after arguing that the sieve was a requirement of Pastafarianism. After receiving his driving licence, Niko now wants to get Pastafarianism officially recognised as an official faith in Austria.
People who believe in religious freedom, must agree that the rights of Pastafarians should be recognized not only in Austria and Czech Republic, but all over the world. I am very much pro-Pasta. You never know it can become the biggest religion in the future. Flying Spaghetti Monster can be worshipped by billions. Who thought Christianity or Islam would be like monsters one day when they just began their journey? Never underestimate bullshit.