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‘Ministeroni’ Karen Martyn, who became the world’s first legal marriage celebrant for the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) earlier this year, wedded the couple. Best of luck to the happy couple and huge thanks to Minister Karen Martyn for the excellent ceremony.

New Zealand is one of the few places in the world that formally recognizes The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster as a religious organization. My favorite articles are the one on nz and the one on the BBC.

College student Rachel Hoover, of Arlington Heights, went to get her license renewed at the Illinois Secretary of State facility in Schaumburg. But when the central office discovered that employees had relented and allowed Hoover to be photographed with the strainer on her head, administrators drew the line, even though her face was clearly visible. They told Hoover her license will be revoked July 29 unless she gets a new, strainer-free photo taken. State officials are “just trying to use a little common sense,” secretary of state spokesman Dave Druker told Tribune freelance reporter Lee V. “It almost looks like Pastafarians are a mockery of religion.” During a time when people are doing reprehensible things in the Name of Religion, I wonder why officials are hassling us, out of all religious groups.

She told employees that she wanted to wear a metal colander on her head for the photo in honor of her religious beliefs. Do these officials prevent people from wearing Yamulkes or Hijabs or Turbans — and if not, is it because they appear to have such earnest beliefs, and Pastafarians do not take themselves so seriously?

One last note: the news has brought out some angry people — I received a number of a nasty emails today, surprising because I don’t understand how a wedding is anyone’s business except the couple’s. Nebraska’s US District Court says Pastafarianism is not a legitimate religion.

A lot of us feel this is the best way of bringing economic growth to the poorest areas. If you haven’t already, please consider joining us here. For the Pastafarian Pirate Party at Pelican Park with the Project.

We’re inviting everyone who can make it to a day of pirate fun so we can show the Project what Pastafarians are all about. So dress up as a pirate, or if you do not have pirate attire, wear your colander, bring a picnic and refreshments.

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