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.

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    Why can’t the government seem to accept the way we choose to live our lives. They think that because we worship a plausible (because even though I believe, He may still not be real) Spaghediety. Just because it seem satire, dosn’t mean we aren’t legitimately honest about our beliefs. This is just the works of people who want to stop His rule. He is omnipotent (even though that Beer Volcano seems to mess with his head sometimes) and cannot be disproven, so why do they continue to try? It urks me sometimes. Look at that picture, and you’ll se a beautiful woman in Illinois who just wants to show her faith in Him. Why should she not be allowed to promote her religion? There is no good answer, because she SHOULD be allowed to. It’s protected in the Bill of Rights, am I right? So how is revoking her license even constitutional? This is why I don’t like the U.S. government.

    • Captain Birdseye says:

      Duncan, many cases rest on what is the definition of ‘religion’. Many religious groups have simply invented new definitions to suit themselves. What we are doing is encouraging Courts to affirm a legal definition. However, unless one’s deity excels in torture, genocide and destruction, somehow, they seem to be taken less seriously.

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