Niko Alm, a citizen of Austria who recently received his drivers license isn’t a Catholic. Nor is he a Lutheran. Or any other denomination that you’ve heard of. He’s a Pastafarian, a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.* In the photo on his rivers license, he’s pictured wearing a collander. How droll.
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is an American organization that has only one tenet to the faith: the rejection of all dogma. In the US, they’ve made news for themselves when they proposed that their ‘official’ Genesis story ought to be taught alongside evolution and intelligent design. The reasoning: if Christians get to give their side of the story, why not the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster? Frankly, that’s a position I can’t help but agree with. Now that Alm has received the drivers license, he’s going to apply for official Austrian governmental recognition of his faith. With as much that’s being done in the name of God/Allah/Yahweh, etc. these days, much of it absolutely horrible, I’d be up for a change of pace with the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I’m already a member of a religious organization though. It’s called the Church of Work Hard, Be Nice. It’s easy, and it covers most of the challenges we face in life. But it’s nowhere near as funny as the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
* I love UK publications sometimes. If you’ll note the original BBC article, they insert such little jokes in there as referring to his head as his ‘noodle’ and they title a section of the article as ‘Straining credulity.’ Oh, England, this is one part of your humor that isn’t completely idiotic.