Ireland allows religious leaders (priests, ministers, etc.) to get out of jury duty because, the reasoning goes, their congregations need them at all times. It’s a convenient excuse that privileges those leaders over teachers, CEOs, parents, and other indispensable people who don’t necessarily have ties to a faith but who can’t risk the €500 fine that comes from avoiding their civic responsibility.
So atheist Emmett Vaughan (below) decided to test the exemption. He became a minister of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and requested a ministerial exemption when he replied to his summons.