Jan. 4 is national spaghetti day.
The Flying Spaghetti Monster is the deity of a spoof religion created to make a political point. It is the “god” of Pastafarians, and is connected to a political movement of “pirate” parties. In 2009, the Pirate Party in Sweden won 7.1% of the vote for the European parliament, and was give two seats in the European parliament. There are currently active pirate party movements in 42 countries.
Part of the religious dress of Pastafarians is to wear a spaghetti colander on their head. Across the United States, Pastafarians have fought, and successfully won, the right to wear their religious headwear for official government photos which normally prohibit hats, but which allow a religious exception.
Much in the news is the question of the rights of religious groups to be exempt from general laws. What do you think should be the threshold for qualifying as a religious group? Do you agree that the government should protect the rights of religious minorities? Where would you draw boundaries, if you were writing the laws governing them?
The Daily Courier. Arizona man wears colander for driver’s license photo [Photograph]. Retrieved from http://m.dcourier.com/news/2017/jun/02/arizona-man-wears-colander-drivers-license-photo/