Flying Spaghetti Monster Church sues Poland at European Human Rights Court

Followers of the satirical Flying Spaghetti Monster god appealed to the European Courts of Human Rights over Poland’s rejection to register their community as an official religion.

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or Pastafarianism, is a movement which promotes a light-hearted view of religion. Based on the 2006 satirical book “Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster”, opposing intelligent design and creationism, glorifying pirates as the original followers, it soon became an Internet phenomenon.

The community has long fought for official recognition throughout the world. Allowed in New Zealand, it only officially became a religion in Germany last year.

However, the struggle for the Flying Spaghetti Monster Church to be registered in Poland has so far been futile. It was rejected by a ruling of a court in 2012, then 2016, and eventually by Poland’s Supreme Administrative Court in 2018. In the latter justification, the court stated that the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is not intended to practice faith but only to mock it.

With their legal path towards official registration finished in Poland, members of the community appealed to the European Human Rights Court in Strasbourg, France.

“We are upset and deprived of dignity,” said Krzysztof Listowski, head of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster in Poland. “This situation is without precedence, so far no religion in Poland was administratively assigned the level of religiousness.”