POLISH members the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster are apparently facing opposition from the authorities, who are loathe to recognise it as a bona fide religious entity. This, Pastafarians say, is tantamount to discrimination, and, in a statement posted on its website, the Polish branch of the church, which believes the world was created by a pasta-based entity, pointed out that all faiths faced persecution at their inception, and that the Polish state had underestimated its believers’ faith in His Noodliness. The statement added:
"Do not be afraid, as it will only be a matter of time before our community is registered as a religious association."
It added it will first appeal to the Polish supreme court. If that doesn’t work:
"We declare that we will bring a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg."
Although it claims to have existed in quiet anonymity for hundreds of years, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster first emerged into the public eye in 2005 during a dispute over a decision by the Kansas Education Board to allow the teaching of “intelligent design” as a counter-measure to creationism. It has since then attracted widespread publicity on numerous occasions, mainly through the actions of “Pastafarians,” as the devotees of the church call themselves.
Two years ago an Austrian Pastafarian won the right on to be photographed wearing a pasta strainer on his head for his driving licence photograph. He had argued that a refusal to allow him to wear the kitchen accessory would violate his religious freedom.
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