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Pastafarians cry foul after Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster fails to win formal recognition in Australia
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster will have to remain an underground pasta-worshipping sect in Australia, after a tribunal ruled that the satirical religion was unworthy of formal recognition.
Adelaide resident Tanya Watkins, a high-ranking “Pastafarian,” had made several attempts to secure official status for the church, but to no avail. Apparently tired of having her pasta deity so thoroughly disrespected, she filed an appeal, insisting that the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was incorporated for a “religious, educational, charitable or benevolent purpose,” thus meeting the standards for official recognition stipulated in South Australia’s Associations Incorporation Act.
While making her case, Watkins claimed that the church emphasizes charitable acts, and had previously hosted an event to “feed the hungry.”
The South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) was not persuaded, however. The tribunal issued an irreverent, possibly pastaphobic ruling in which it described the religion as a “hoax” and a “sham” unworthy of official status.
“The Pastafarian texts do not represent religious texts and Pastafarianism does not fulfil the objective considerations required to establish a religious purpose under the legislation,” the ruling stated, adding that there was “no evidence of systematic teaching and learning processes.” The tribunal also questioned the claim that Australian Pastafarians were engaged in “broad-based charitable activities.”