The Flying Spaghetti Monster Lands on the Netherlands

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The Flying Spaghetti Monster Lands on the Netherlands

Can the Government Define a Religion as Fake?

By Spela Krajnc, Tommaso Lecca, Petra Ondrisakova, Anna Severinenko

Dirk Jan Dijkstra (pastafarian from Emmen)

The Dutch secularism has been challenged since the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster engaged a legal battle to be recognized as a religion. What might seem to be a complete nonsense for outsiders is actually a fight for a religious freedom and equality in the Dutch society. Many of the 12 000 members of the church registered in the Netherlands are meeting obstacles when wearing their religious headgear, a spaghetti strainer, in ID photos. Continue reading “The Flying Spaghetti Monster Lands on the Netherlands”