A Dutch Pastafarian has been denied by the country’s highest court the right to wear a colander on her head in official government ID photos.
The Dutch council of state says worshipping the Flying Spaghetti Monster ‘is not a religion’ and lacks ‘coherence’ required of a religion.
Law student Mienke de Wilde, 32, is now considering taking her case to the European Court of Human rights.
Speaking to RadioLIVE’s Carly Flynn, the church’s New Zealand Prime Ministeroni (or leader) Karen Martyn said it’s a “very serious” religion.
“We definitely stand for non-discrimination, we have all sorts of beliefs; we believe in end of life choice, we believe in separation of church and state, we believe that individuals should not be made to cut up body parts and do other things, what we call ‘crazy non-sense’, we don’t ordain their diets or anything else.
She says like other religions, Pastafarians also have religious symbols.
The colander is our most sacred religious symbol.
“It symbolises our connection with the flying spaghetti monster,” she told RadioLIVE.
Ms Martyn says New Zealand has “wonderful human rights” and criticises the Dutch court’s ruling.
The church is already recognised in New Zealand, established by Bobby Henderson in 2005.
Pastafarianism is the fastest growing religion in New Zealand, according to Ms Martyn.
“We have many, many followers here and around the world.”
Followers of the flying spaghetti monster believe that heaven is a volcano made of beer with a stripper factory, while hell is the same but the beer is stale and the strippers have sexually transmitted infections.
Pastafarians conclude prayers with ‘Ramen’ instead of ‘amen’.
In 2016, a Northland couple made history by getting married the Pastafarian way.
Tying the noodle knot, Toby Ricketts and Marianna Fenn became the world's first couple to wed in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which demands the celebrant be a pirate.
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