The Church of Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM), an organization that criticizes religions as intolerant, will not be allowed to advertise its “noodle masses” at the entrance of an eastern town in Germany after a court sided with local authorities.
Last year, the organization requested a permit from the Infrastructure Ministry of Brandenburg, Germany for a road sign just like those used by local Catholic and Protestant churches in announcing details about their worship services.
The state denied its request citing the reason that the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is “not officially designated as a religious community.”
The organization’s German chapter chairman Rüdiger Weida also known as Brother Spaghettus filed a lawsuit against the state of Brandenburg. He argued that the Flying Spaghetti Monster has the right to advertise its “noodle mass” just like other religions in the state.
A court in the eastern city of Frankfurt an der Oder ruled that the organization had no right to hang signs at the entrances of the town of Templin, Brandenburg.
Judge Sabine Selbig said, “The suit has been denied. It does not depend on whether the organization is a world-view community or not.” The judge emphasized that the state of Brandenburg legally overruled a verbal agreement allowing four signs between Weida and Templin Mayor Detlef Tabber in 2014.
The Flying Spaghetti Monster church appealed the verdict to the Brandenburg state court, which ruled against it on Wednesday.
The Brandenburg state court ruled that local authorities have the power to prohibit Flying Spaghetti Monster church from putting up signs announcing its noodle masses. The organization cannot claim rights of a religious or a philosophical community. The state court also stated that the organization’s criticism or other religion’s belief’s is not a philosophy.
“The suing party can be seen as neither a religious community nor a community with a common world view,” according to the Brandenburg state court in a statement.
The Flying Spaghetti Monster church plans to appeal the decision of the state court and argued that it is a humanist organization.
Bobby Henderson, a physics graduate of Oregon State University started the Flying Spaghetti Monster in 2005 as a social movement that promotes light-hearted view of religion and opposes the teaching of intelligent design and creationism in public schools. It is also called Pastafarianism (a portmanteu of past and Rastafarian) and its primary belief is that an invisible and undetectable Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe, and pirates are the original pastafarians.
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