The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is Now an Official Religion in the Netherlands

Congratulations, Dutch Pastafarians! The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is now an officially recognized religion in the Netherlands.


A spokesman for the Dutch arm of the group said: ‘The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is since today officially registered as Denomination!

‘Our church stands for equality for all. Therefore, anyone can sign up free of charge and without obligation.

‘To express our faith we put a colander on our heads. Also on official government documents.

‘We come together in local churches and at events. Our services are especially devoted to socialising. So we eat pasta, we drink beer and discuss faith.’

The Church’s Twitter account said that they have more than 4,200 members. Which will make for a hell of a lot of colanders on drivers license pictures.

And if you think a fictional religion shouldn’t be granted any sort of legal recognition, feel free to explain why all the other ones qualify.

(Thanks to Randy for the link)

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