The Constitutional Court of Germany has ruled that despite its insistence otherwise, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is not a real religion and won’t be afforded the same rights as Christian denominations.
The atheistic organization has been looking to put up official signs in cities and towns in Germany, like how Christian churches advertise the location and times of their worship services, but it will not be granted such a right, Evangelical Focus reported.
The Church of the FSM claims on its website that it’s a “legitimate religion” and that it’s mostly opposed by “fundamentalist Christians.” Its activities, widely regarding to be mocking the Christian faith, include observances such as “noodle mass” and the “our noodle prayer.”
The group in Germany has said that its worldview should have the same rights as Christianity, but as ruled by the Brandenburg Court, and now upheld by the Constitutional Court, they have not presented evidence that their faith is genuine.
The “pastafaris,” as followers of the Church of the FSM are called, have said that they will bring their petition up to the European Court of Human Rights.
The organization has lost a number of similar cases in Europe.
In August, the highest court of the Netherlands also ruled that the Church of the FSM is not a religion, and its followers do not have the right to wear religious headgear in passport or driving license photos.
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Source: Christian Post