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Australia Officially Recognizes the Church of FSM

Published May 22nd, 2017 by Bobby Henderson

 

Big news

The government of Australia, after years of court proceedings, has decided that Pastafarians will be allowed to wear religious headgear in ID photos.

 

Here’s the backstory

A few years ago, a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Australia (CFSMA), was allowed to wear his headgear (colander) when photographed for his license, but later forced to surrender the license for a replacement, without headgear.

Preshalin obtained his NSW driver’s license last year, and, at the time, was permitted to wear his religious headwear for his photograph. He has now been informed that he must surrender his present license and have a new photograph taken without his religious headwear, as the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is not a ‘recognised religion’.

The CFSMA has been fighting in court ever since, and today they were informed that a decision had been made to allow Pastafarians equal religious protection. Victory!

From Captain Tanya Watkin’s media release:

On behalf of the CFSMA I am delighted to announce that the Hon. Melinda Pavey, NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, has confirmed that the present policy enforced by RMS regarding religious head coverings in driver’s licenses (that specifically named Pastafarians as being subject to discrimination by not allowing our chosen head covering to be worn) will be changed. The new policy will reflect the fact that NSW Government Departments will show respect and consideration towards all people who wear a head covering. When the new policy is implemented, people will no longer have their stated religion checked against a list of ‘recognised’ religions.

Congratulations to the CFSMA

The Church of FSM Australia continues to blow me away. Tanya Watkins, Captain of CFSMA, especially, deserves a round of applause — she took it on herself to lead the fight, and after more than two years, won a victory for Pastafarians everywhere.

Sincere thanks, and congratulations, to Tanya and everyone from the CFSMA.



53 Responses to “Australia Officially Recognizes the Church of FSM”

  1. Rasputin says:

    I’ve just spent 30 minutes visiting Christian videos on YouTube, leaving messages about the FSM. I’ve also visited atheist videos and told them to embrace our Lord.
    I’ve just read a great joke.
    The 9/11 hijackers went to heaven and arrived at the pearly gates. The USA’s founding fathers were all waiting for them with baseball bats.
    “Where are our 72 virgins?” asked the hijackers.
    The founding fathers replied, “You’ve got it wrong. What the Koran actually promised is 72 Virginians”.

  2. Jim says:

    The department has since changed its position ( Aug 2017) . It states it doesn’t recognise church as a legitimate religion. There’s also a nuance in states Anti-discrimination laws that only protects ethnoreligious groups. I’ve been in contact with Tanya, hopefully sucess and equality will follow, watch this space.

    http://www6.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/aa1977204/s4.html

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