Wasn’t sure whether this belonged here or in the Open Forum, but what the heck. It does have political ramifications…
[quote]A student has been suspended from school in America for coming to class dressed as a pirate.
But the disciplinary action has provoked controversy – because the student says that the ban violates his rights, as the pirate costume is part of his religion.
Bryan Killian says that he follows the Pastafarian religion, and that as a crucial part of his faith, he must wear ‘full pirate regalia’ as prescribed in the holy texts of Pastafarianism.
The school, however, say that his pirate garb was disruptive. [/quote]
I’m surprised something like this didn’t come up sooner… It’s an interesting case, because any rational person knows the kid doesn’t actually believe in the FSM, and in fact FSM-ism probably can’t even be considered a genuine religion. Then again, how does one prove either point? Is it even possible to prove what constitutes a genuine religion, and is it legally valid to question the integrity of something so subjective as faith?
PS: In case you’ve been on another planet lately, here’s the official website of FSM-ism They actually have a FSM computer game you can DL for free!