Pastafarians Fight Back



On Friday, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster in Poland (KLPS) published the justification of a court verdict which revokes the decision to deny KLPS entry into the register of religious denominations. The verdict was based on the fact that in the two instances that the KLPS application was considered and subsequently denied by the Ministry of Administration and Digitalisation (MAC), it was taken by the same official. MAC has one month to appeal the verdict. Should it fail to do so, it will be forced to examine the KLPS application for a third time. Pastafarians, or the followers of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, first applied for their Church to be officially recognised as a religious organisation in July 2012. In April 2013, MAC denied their application. In turn, the Pastafarians appealed the decision. In April 2014 and again in April 2015, the court ordered MAC to re-examine the case. The most recent verdict has been enthusiastically received by the Pastafarians, who see it as further proof of the officials’ incompetence and inability, or unwillingness, to observe the law.


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