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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.



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

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  2. JZH says:

    Hi,

    Has this been ratified by the NSW state government yet?

    I just wondered as my Licence is up for renewal in December.

  3. POIN4D says:

    I congratulate the CFSMA for their achievements and hope to see more colanders and less

  4. John_Staypuff says:

    While I love the idea of FSM and harpooning religions on pointy satire, I have to strongly disagree with this headgear nonsense being allowed in ID photographs. I think all serious religions should not be allowed concessions in ID photographs either. The FSM collective should be working against this rather than unwittingly reinforcing it with their own joke.

    • Captain B says:

      John_S, it is quite possible that Pastafarian head-covering inadvertantly draws attention to some absurd doctrines and customs of the false religions.
      We still await a legal definition of ‘proper religion’: what could be so difficult about that?

      • John_Staypuff says:

        A legal definition isn’t even relevant imo. No concessions for anything, from any group/tradition/church/ideology/cultural identity, should be made for obscuring facial/head features in ID photographs. Or indeed while walking around in public in general, particularly crowded areas and banks etc.

        • Robyn says:

          I beleive that is the point that is trying to be made John.
          Yes your right, everyone’s face should be clearly seen when in public and on official documents..
          So why the problem with a colendar on your head? Because it sounds ridiculous I assume? Well no more ridiculous that the other forms of recognised religious headwear already legally accepted in society..
          So if Pastafarians are not legally aloud to wear a colendar on their head wherever and whenever they want to in align with their own obligations to their religion, then why should any other religion be allowed?

  5. John Sommerfeldt says:

    Hi, is this religion recognised in Queensland law? I can no longer wear my personal hat at work but religious headwear is allowed. Any help is appreciated.

  6. Rich says:

    I am glad that this happened. My license is up for renewal in NSW and so I will be able to bring this information forward.

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