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Noodle Mass discrimination in Germany

Published August 7th, 2017 by Bobby Henderson

German courts have ruled that Pastafarians are not allowed to post announcements of services alongside those of other churches.

One of the signs that was ordered to be removed:

The German Pastafarians put these signs up years ago in Templin after other churches were allowed to post signs. There were complaints by locals who felt mocked, and it’s been in the Brandenburg state court system ever since.

It’s disappointing that the courts would discriminate against the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

From the New York Post,

Brandenburg state court ruled Wednesday the group can’t claim the rights of a religious or philosophical community. Judges said its criticism of others’ beliefs doesn’t constitute a philosophy.

I find the reasoning dishonest. They could have made a fair point to say Pastafarians do not share an unquestioning faith of our own Dogma in the way that happens in many religions – that we do not necessarily Truly Believe our outlandish stories in the way that others might – but it is an absurd idea that the majority of Pastafarians have joined the Church in order to criticize others’ beliefs. What a cynical view.

Is it hard to believe that people who are wired to reject faith could be drawn to a religion that respects Reason, one that is OK with Believers not fully swallowing Dogma? Perhaps there are people who enjoy the community of a church, without the necessity of denying Reality?

Aside from that, I do not feel that Pastafarians are inherently judgmental people — I haven’t yet experienced this “criticism of others’ beliefs” that the courts have projected onto our members. In fact that sort of judgmental criticism sounds like what I’ve seen in mainstream churches.

No matter. I’m confident that we’ll win in the end. And I think there is value when government institutions are forced to show their biases. They have ruled against us, but in doing so have exposed their own discriminatory attitude. It may be that the growth of the Church of the FSM is in part due to the reaction of fair-minded people, after these setbacks happen. In other words, a few small-minded people with power have asserted their Authority and “won”, but many more people will hear of what took place and form their own opinions, and that is a win for us.

I would like to thank the German Pastafarians for keeping up the fight. You are an inspiration to us all.

The best article about this court case is here. At the top right you can translate into English.



10 Responses to “Noodle Mass discrimination in Germany”

  1. Pastor Farian says:

    May Quob be with the German FSM Church and guide them by the Blessed Noodle in their tireless quest for acknowledgement and equality!
    Pasta be with you now and always! <3
    Arrrrrr!

    /Pastor Farian

    • Patroller says:

      Another follower of the FSM….

  2. Mr. Hankey says:

    That’s because Pastafarianism is far more sensible than Popism, a dead religion of blue-rinse, bigoted old ladies, such as yourself.
    Before it’s too late, repent and save your heathen soul.

  3. Cap'n Bucatini says:

    We are being oppressed. Say no to Pastafarianophobia!

  4. Rasputin says:

    I’ve just watched the movie, “Unbroken”. Very well made. There seems to be an underlying message about Pastafarianism. The main character believes in God, but he keeps himself alive by remembering his mum’s gnocchi pasta.

  5. Dread Pyrate Higgs says:

    Great to hear this sort of news. It is unfortunate, however, that BC Canada is excluded entirely from any mention on this site, despite several attempts to communicate our plight. I do not know what the issue is, and my attempts to find out have been completely ignored. I will continue to plug along, however, struggling for acknowledgement within a group struggling to be acknowledged.

  6. Mad William Bonny says:

    Argh, Me Mates. Often those with knowledge are denied for their beliefs.
    Copernicus, Galileo, Martin Luther and many others.

    These believers surely have been touched,

    rahman

    Rev. Mad Willie Bonny

    • Captain Birdseye says:

      Rev. Mad Willie, I would never have thought of Luther as having ‘knowledge’, unless you mean he knew that the Pope just made everything up, and knew that he didn’t.

  7. Robert Jansen says:

    “If it could not be laughed at, it would not be the Tao.” — Lao Tzu

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