Flying Spaghetti Monster, Meet Onionhead

This is Onionhead:

He’s like a cross between the Flying Spaghetti Monster and Towelie, with his everything-will-get-better attitude of “Peel it, Feel it, Heal it.” He’s also the fictional mascot for the Harnessing Happiness Foundation.

Onionhead is this incredibly pure, wise and adorable character who teaches us how to name it — claim it — tame it — aim it. Onion spelled backwards is ‘no-i-no’. He wants everyone to know how they feel and then know what to do with those feelings. He helps us direct our emotions in a truthful and compassionate way. Which in turn assists us to communicate more appropriately and peacefully. In turn, we then approach life from a place of our wellness rather than a place of our wounds.

And that’s the point at which you’d walk away slowly.

But Onionhead is now at the center of a lawsuit. Employees of United Health Programs of America Inc. are suing their employers because, they say, they were forced to be a part of this bulbous (heh) monstrosity:

According to the [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s] suit, United Health Programs of America, Inc., and its parent company, Cost Containment Group, Inc., which provide customer service on behalf of various insurance providers, coerced employees to participate in ongoing religious activities since 2007. These activities included group prayers, candle burning, and discussions of spiritual texts. The religious practices are part of a belief system that the defendants’ family member created, called “Onionhead.” Employees were told wear Onionhead buttons, pull Onionhead cards to place near their work stations and keep only dim lighting in the workplace. None of these practices was work-related. When employees opposed taking part in these religious activities or did not participate fully, they were terminated.

There are only three former employees suing. Which makes you wonder what the current employees think about all this. Are they just rolling their eyes and playing along, fearful of doing otherwise?

(via Consumerist — Thanks to Zack for the link)

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