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.

444 Responses to “Struggle for Religious Expression in Illinois”

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  1. Gnocchi St.Pudding says:

    Uhm… The Brits ‘Breakfast’ wasn’t a too clever choice either, come to think about it. Glass houses, stones….

    • Apprentice Frederic says:

      Gnocchi St. P., your unfailing good humor always evident! Uh…speaking of that, can I get outta my corner now? I gotta go wee. But ….puhleez…. don’t tell anybody or it’ll be the Cat O’Nine from the Cap’n

  2. Rasputin says:

    Love Forrest Trump or not, the USA won’t suddenly change overnight. Trump can’t even leave his house and get in a car without somebody arranging it for him. Every thing he does will be carefully considered by dozens of advisers and experts before it’s enacted. The USA’s founding fathers created lots of checks, balances and safeguards to prevent megalomaniacs and nutters from gaining control. Trump is not a professional politician, he does not actually understand which levers and buttons operate which bells and whistles. Trump can’t do ANYTHING without somebody else telling him how to do it. The USA is not Russia or a banana republic. Plus if Trump ever becomes uncontrollable, a few covert words from the CIA to the NRA will produce another assassination riddle.

    • Fat Bastard says:

      Rasputin, I think you correctly identified why Trump was elected: he ‘is not a professional polititian’.
      I wonder how he will continue their extraordinary War On Drugs; apart from nuking Mexico and incarcerating half the population.

  3. Rasputin says:

    Yes FB, it’s going to be fun watching the next four years! Or maybe not…

  4. Fat Bastard says:

    Trump’s election has got Australian pollies nervous, for the very same reason. They see themselves as an elite ruling class, passing endless laws, using cooked statistics, to ‘protect’ the population.
    No one wants DUI, but, we currently have endless roadside drug tests, which are set at 5ng/ml, catching people a week after a bit of weed, claiming they’re driving intoxicated, but, really intended to reach back into people’s private lives. In contrast, UK’s tests are set at 100ng/ml, which is reasonable. It’s enough to topple a government.

    • Keith says:

      In South Australia we have speed cameras placed in areas where there have not been accidents and there are hardly ever likely to be. They are placed there simply because the traffic flow is good and they can catch people doing 3 kph over the speed limit and hit them with a $200 fine. You are right, FB. Australian law used to be the same as English law and based on the premise of “What would a reasonable man do?”. Now it is based on whatever favourite ideology a politician or his buddies can impose on the public.

      (PS, while I’m in a grumpy mood, I’m pissed off with the way that every time I use English spelling I get a red line appearing below the word)

      • Cap'n Grey Beard says:

        Install an English dictionary instead of the ‘mercan one. Although I have to admit that in many cases e.g. Color, metre, etc the ‘merican way is in fact correct. In our love/hate relationship with the frogs the English elite from time to time through history “frankised” our language by such things as reversing the R and E at the end or adding unnecessary letters like the U in colour.

        As for aluminum vs aluminium, a ‘mercan first isolated it so should have chosen the name.I undrstand the Royal Society told the finder “metals should end with ‘nium to which his reply went something like “you mean as in iron, silver, copper, zinc…..must I continue. Hence the rift.

      • Cap'n Grey Beard says:

        lol “all over the place”?!? You have only populate 2% of your country…

  5. Cap'n Grey Beard says:

    I suspect we will now see a stream of women alleging sexual abuse. Hopefully an impeachment is on the books.

    • Apprentice Frederic says:

      And there are, of course, dozens, if not hundreds, of other cases already in various stages of progress thru the courts; some, like the Trump University issues, involve the possibility of fairly serious other violations of the law. And some of these may become “conspicuous” pre-inauguration. One perhaps cynical but well-informed projection has been that *Republicans* will finally impeach him, as an unmanageable whack job, in favor of a more malleable Pence. Interesting times, to echo the Sainted Gnocchi.

  6. Cap'n Grey Beard says:

    we can but hope…

  7. Cap'n Grey Beard says:

    Pray for great fiery meatballs to decend.


    • Fat Bastard says:

      …… from the Almeaty FSM.

  8. Pastor-farian says:

    As an orthodox Pastafarian, I have to object to wearing colanders. Anyone who’s read the Gospel understands that the appropriate religious attire is a pirate hat.

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