Struggle for Religious Expression in Illinois

Published July 25th, 2016 by Bobby Henderson


The struggle for Pastafarian acceptance continues, in Illinois. From the Chicago Tribue:

College student Rachel Hoover, of Arlington Heights, went to get her license renewed at the Illinois Secretary of State facility in Schaumburg. She told employees that she wanted to wear a metal colander on her head for the photo in honor of her religious beliefs. Employees balked, but Hoover insisted.

But when the central office discovered that employees had relented and allowed Hoover to be photographed with the strainer on her head, administrators drew the line, even though her face was clearly visible.

They told Hoover her license will be revoked July 29 unless she gets a new, strainer-free photo taken.

State officials are “just trying to use a little common sense,” secretary of state spokesman Dave Druker told Tribune freelance reporter Lee V. Gaines. “It almost looks like Pastafarians are a mockery of religion.”

During a time when people are doing reprehensible things in the Name of Religion, I wonder why officials are hassling us, out of all religious groups. Do these officials prevent people from wearing Yamulkes or Hijabs or Turbans — and if not, is it because they appear to have such earnest beliefs, and Pastafarians do not take themselves so seriously?

If Pastafarians had more scary dogmatic True-Believers, would we encounter less resistance to the privileges other religious groups are granted?

While I don’t agree with the Chicago Tribune’s stance that FSM is a “broad spoof”, I found the article well written and clever — it’s worth the read and can be found here.

417 Responses to “Struggle for Religious Expression in Illinois”

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  1. Tommy King says:

    Obviously this is just intended to make fun of Christianity. Its in very immature and in very poor taste. The sad thing is many of you are bringing up your children this way . Its a sad situation to see people so full of anger towards the very thing that gave them life . Hating God doesnt make your pain any better, it doesnt affect anyones life but your own. Living your life as though you have no accountability doesnt mean you wont be held accountable. Understand if I choose to live my life believing theres a God , what have I lost you turned out to be right ? Nothing at all, I live taking care of people who need my help . I live loving everyone, and celebrating life. If you however live life making fun of God , and not believing and you find out the truth then you spend enternity much different than you expected.

    • Keith says:

      I daresay most of the regulars on this site are familiar with Pascal’s Wager. It’s nothing more than a childish threat. Which god are you talking about? The Catholic god, the Jewish god, the Muslim god, the Presbyterian god? If you don’t choose to believe in the right one you’ll be joining us.

    • Captain Birdseye says:

      Tommy, nothing is obvious. Which god? What pain? What anger? What hate? Accountable to whom? Why? Who says so?
      Do you hate the imaginary gods of other religions, such as Saturn, Odin or Ra? Well, no one here hates your imaginary god.
      The best upbringing children can have is one free of priests, dogma and superstition. Religion should be for consenting adults only.

      • Mr. Hankey says:

        Are you suggesting, Tommy, in order to love and care for people and celebrate life, it is necessary to believe in the Christian god and Hell? Do you even claim that it helps? That’s an immoral existence, based on the fear of punishment and the promise of reward.
        Do you follow all Twenty Commandments, or, did you drop ten of them?

    • Captain Birdseye says:

      Tommy, continuing on from Eusebius’ well documented lying, “What harm would it do, if a man told a good strong lie for the sake of the good and for the Christian church … a lie out of necessity, a useful lie, a helpful lie, such lies would not be against God, he would accept them”. (Martin Luther)
      So, what part of Christian doctrine and dogma is not lies? Repeating a lie also makes that person a liar. What does your Bible say about lying and liars?

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