Autonomy of the person from the state: ‘pastafarian’ wins historic battle

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has won a small battle for religious tolerance and freedom of appearance in the face (or, rather, head), of Niko Alm, a devout Austrian pastafarian, who was recently granted  the right to appear on his driving licence wearing a spaghetti strainer – his religious headgear.

Read an article on the BBC here and Niko Alm’s blog here (in German). Even though it is not directed at any particular issue, but is a more general act of citizen autonomy, Mr Alm’s choice of photograph and his interaction with the Austrian authorities reminds of the niqab-and-hot-pants protest of French students, on which the Idle Ethnographer posted in November 2010.

Making a point in the name of freedom appearance

Making a point in the name of freedom appearance (Photo: Niko Alm’s blog).

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  1. May the Pastafarians make an ever bigger splash.

    1) After denying so vehemently that atheism is not a religion the Pastafarian sect of atheism fights for equal rights to freely express their religious beliefs. As Niko Alm states it, his goal is for “Pastafarianism to become an officially recognised faith in Austria.”

    2) The Flying Spaghetti Monster actually proved was that some people are utterly ignorant of natural theology / general revelation. These propose the best that science and philosophy have offer as to the universe’s coming into being. They propose that the universe had a creator and even identify some of the creator’s characteristics.

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