FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER RELIGION FACES REJECTION FROM AUSTRALIAN OFFICIALS
So religion, and religions, are sometimes totally crazy. Sure, all the world’s major religions have some crazy history. Shoot, many of them, or all of them even, are crazy today. But what about new, random, seemingly meaningless religions that nevertheless still exist? The prime example of that is the supposed religion we know as Flying Spaghetti Monster. And yes, that is a real religion. Well, according to some, anyway. It’s kind of hard to tell. Well, because it’s not really clear if it’s a joke acting like it’s a religion, or a religion acting like it’s a joke. Regardless, Australia ain’t having any, no way no how. Because the Aussies denied them any sort of official recognition.
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WHILE THE FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER RELIGION IS ALL ABOUT SATIRE, THEY DO GOOD WORKS TOO
So what does that mean? Well, there’s a branch of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Down Under. Because of course there is. And the leader of that branch just tried to incorporate officially in Australia. You know, to get recognition, oversight, a bank account and that kind of thing? Well, the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal took a look and said, hell no. Well, not literally. But effectively. Yet Tanya Watkins, the local leader of the Flying Spaghetti Monster religion in Australia, remains dedicated. She said, “Satire does have a serious purpose, because satire makes people think.” Huh. Well, I actually totally agree with that.
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SOME OFFICIALS REALLY, REALLY DON’T LIKE THE OLD TESTAMENT LISTED AS THE OLD TESTICLE
So what made the Flying Spaghetti Monster people think this would fly with Australian authorities? Well, the definition of the law, actually. According to Watkins, the Flying Spaghetti Monster exists for a “religious, educational, charitable or benevolent purpose.” And, well, technically that totally satisfies the requirements of the South Australia Associations Incorporation Act. I don’t know if the Flying Spaghetti Monster will appeal, or even if it can. But we do know that in some of its writs, it describes some major pieces of the Christian Bible as the “Old Testicle,” and the “New Testicle.”
It seems some old-school squares in Australian government have some sensitivities, and act on them.