pasta-churchIf a church’s purpose is blatantly satirical, as admittedly is the case with the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, is it entitled to the same First Amendment protections as “real churches”? These are among the questions raised as a small group of people who whimsically call themselves Pastafarians—a silly play on the name of Jamaican Rastafarians—try to gain some measure of public respect. The movement, such as it is, was born in 2005 as a protest against teaching intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in Kansas schools. Now a Utah woman has succeeded in getting her driver’s license photo taken while wearing a colander or pasta strainer on her head as a religious statement, according to a report by The Associated Press. More