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    I feel he might have overplayed his hand a bit here..
    Accept His Noodly Magnificence into your heart, into your soul, and ye shall forever be free. R'Amen.

    An Auckland secondary school student who hit back at his college after he was banned from wearing a colander as a religious headdress believes he has gone too far.The Pakuranga College pupil was blocked from wearing a colander on his head and claimed staff had breached his human rights.The 15-year-old reportedly claimed he was a member of the Pastafarian religion - a movement started in the United States and which has reached New Zealand in the form of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.In the student's original social media post last week he said that the school allowed "other students to wear headwear" in their photos.


    But the school refused to budge with the student, making the teen remove his colander.Principal Michael Williams said the situation had "been resolved amicably and happily", however the student refuted the claims saying there has been "no resolution whatsoever"."The school and my parents were pretty upset I took it to social media."I am still complaining to the Human Rights Commission to sort things out."Despite his strong stance against the colander ban, the student told the Herald he now believes he "went too far" with his original Facebook post.He revealed to the Herald that he was asked to delete his original Facebook post and agreed to do so.


    A number of Kiwis have questioned the teen's motives behind his actions, with one asking if the complaint is "really worth it".But the student has stood firm, saying he's doing this to fight discrimination and to promote the equal rights of all religions in New Zealand."It's worth it because if I don't stand up for my rights then what's the point in having them?"I'm doing this to honor the hard work of people who fought for my rights, I'm doing this because I am a being discriminated and that's not OK."Pastafarians have fought hard to become a recognised religion and yet we still get treated like this."New Zealand is one of the most supportive countries in the world of pastafarianism yet this still occurs. All religions should get equal rights or they don't get any rights at all."

    Pastafarianism is a social movement that promotes a light-hearted view of religion.It is legally recognised as a religion in New Zealand and the Netherlands, where Pastafarian representatives have been authorised to celebrate weddings.The group was formed in 2005 as a protest against efforts in Kansas public schools to teach not only evolution but also "intelligent design" - the idea that the universe had a creator.


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    This kid is aware that flying spaghetti monster is just a condescending meme that got out of hand, right?
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    (Original post by Retired_Messiah)
    This kid is aware that flying spaghetti monster is just a condescending meme that got out of hand, right?
    That is blasphemous. Apologise to our noodley lord.
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    (Original post by Napp)
    That is blasphemous. Apologise to our noodley lord.
    no
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    My head's too big for hats or colanders.
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    (Original post by gjd800)
    My head's too big for hats or colanders.
    Not to mention hollow.
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    (Original post by Less(e/o)n)
    Not to mention hollow.
    Who put a quid in the gobshite?
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    Fair enough. If other people who believe in make-believe gods can wear their headdresses, why can't he?
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    (Original post by Retired_Messiah)
    This kid is aware that flying spaghetti monster is just a condescending meme that got out of hand, right?
    Is that not the case with pretty much every religion?
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    His argument is full of holes.
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    This story pops up every couple of years, with people wearing either a colander or pirate regalia for personal ID photos or other events because they identify themselves as members of the church of FSM. It's a deliberately absurd act but it does raise an interesting point about the divide in status of equally unsubstantiated "belief systems", and where that line should be drawn.
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    (Original post by Gofre)
    This story pops up every couple of years, with people wearing either a colander or pirate regalia for personal ID photos or other events because they identify themselves as members of the church of FSM. It's a deliberately absurd act but it does raise an interesting point about the divide in status of equally unsubstantiated "belief systems", and where that line should be drawn.
    Quite - what separates him from the Scientologists and the Mormons and the Maharishi Yogi is just numbers of believers, not the credibility of their beliefs.
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    (Original post by Gofre)
    This story pops up every couple of years, with people wearing either a colander or pirate regalia for personal ID photos or other events because they identify themselves as members of the church of FSM. It's a deliberately absurd act but it does raise an interesting point about the divide in status of equally unsubstantiated "belief systems", and where that line should be drawn.
    I'm of the opinion religion should have no special state protection whatsoever. People shouldn't be granted allowances to accommodate their personal superstitions and beliefs in the supernatural. Being part of a religion was your choice. If a rule stops you from wearing your head thingy or praying at a certain time, then too bad. That's your problem.
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    (Original post by Dandaman1)
    Fair enough. If other people who believe in make-believe gods can wear their headdresses, why can't he?
    He can. He just doesn't. Obviously no-one actually believes in pastafarianism.

    I think religion in general is rather silly too, but these people are just annoying, and it's crazy that a joke group is actually able to get recognition as a religion.

    (Original post by Gofre)
    It's a deliberately absurd act but it does raise an interesting point about the divide in status of equally unsubstantiated "belief systems", and where that line should be drawn.
    It doesn't raise an interesting point. It raises a trite point and it does so in an intolerably smug manner.
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    (Original post by TimmonaPortella)
    He can. He just doesn't. Obviously no-one actually believes in pastafarianism.

    I think religion in general is rather silly too, but these people are just annoying, and it's crazy that a joke group is actually able to get recognition as a religion.
    Why? What makes it any worse the scientologists or Christianity? At least this one doesnt advocate genocide like the bible does quite frequently.
    Besides that is literally the point of it to take the piss.
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    (Original post by Napp)
    Why? What makes it any worse the scientologists or Christianity? At least this one doesnt advocate genocide like the bible does quite frequently.
    Besides that is literally the point of it to take the piss.
    It's not necessarily 'worse' than the others, it's just not genuine. You could make an argument that it causes less harm than Christianity or scientology because it's not genuine.

    I still can't cope with these smug, preening tossers thinking it's hilarious to mess everyone around by insisting that they be allowed to do something that everyone knows they don't believe in. It's not funny and it's not interesting. It's a totally expected, boring 'joke' that involves them in making a nuisance of themselves pretty much purely for the sake of it, and in doing so by being disingenuous.
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    Hmm I’m slightly ofended but only in the sense that this religion clearly is taking the piss out of my religions name yet is too ignorant to know it’s true name I am a rastafari yet it’s often misnamed rastafarianism a rather discriminative thing to do as my religion believes isms are a bad thing used to describe subjects in a negative manner so to misname it with something against its belief is against our religious belief the pastafarian is clearly a coined term from Rastafarian a discriminatory term and so takes the piss out of my religion and also is ignorant to my beliefs otherwise though go ahead atheists playing religious to fight for your rights I cannot see any problem with that
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    (Original post by TimmonaPortella)
    It's not necessarily 'worse' than the others, it's just not genuine. You could make an argument that it causes less harm than Christianity or scientology because it's not genuine.

    I still can't cope with these smug, preening tossers thinking it's hilarious to mess everyone around by insisting that they be allowed to do something that everyone knows they don't believe in. It's not funny and it's not interesting. It's a totally expected, boring 'joke' that involves them in making a nuisance of themselves pretty much purely for the sake of it, and in doing so by being disingenuous.
    I agree to a point with what you say, namely in these people being deliberate asses for the sake of it.
    I do take the opinion, however, that there's no reason to believe in the 'establish religions' and not this one - in line with Russell's teapot this 'religion' has exactly as much credence as any other - probably more if you ask me because atleast it's funny
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    Rastafari uses the i and I phrase to include everyone Rastafari meaning me and all Rasta but we never call it Rastafarian and it’s no religious practice to smoke weed rather drug use and abuse is looked down upon but is not punished so no I don’t smoke weed

    And it’s a Christian religion but we do not have churches as they where looked down upon by Jesus whom saw it as a profiteering group separate from the religion
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    (Original post by Lejax)
    Hmm I’m slightly ofended but only in the sense that this religion clearly is taking the piss out of my religions name yet is too ignorant to know it’s true name I am a rastafari yet it’s often misnamed rastafarianism a rather discriminative thing to do as my religion believes isms are a bad thing used to describe subjects in a negative manner so to misname it with something against its belief is against our religious belief the pastafarian is clearly a coined term from Rastafarian a discriminatory term and so takes the piss out of my religion and also is ignorant to my beliefs otherwise though go ahead atheists playing religious to fight for your rights I cannot see any problem with that
    With all due respect but this epitomises generation snowflake.
    It has little/nothing to do with the Rastas but takes aim at all religions equally and how this space fearing ball of spaghetti is just as likely as any other deity to exist
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