In a society where just about ‘anything goes’ it can become very hard to say ‘this issue is just silly’.

The case of ‘religious freedom’ for the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a case in point.  Some might think it’s just good fun and Mr. Canuel is doing a ‘good’ thing standing up for his right to religious freedom.  The National Post quotes Mr. Canuel; “‘I want everyone to understand that they have a right to religious expression,’ said Mr. Canuel, standing in the parking lot of his Surrey apartment complex while wearing a bent spaghetti strainer on his head.”

I think it’s just silly and sad!

Does anyone think of the waste of time, energy and resources something like this places on society.  Mr. Canuel wants attention so lets give it to him.  Why? Not because his claims have any merit.  Rather, Mr.  Canuel knows how to work the system because he has had educational opportunity that few in this world have the privilege and luck to get; “The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is one of the world’s most well-known parody religions, and Mr. Canuel — a former Simon Fraser University philosophy student — has long been a public critic of religion.”

At a time when people are dying for their faith Mr. Canuel wants everybody to know – he’s got rights.  The last time I personally had to deal with this kind of adolescent behaviour was in high school when a disgruntled teenager didn’t like getting a late penalty on his long overdue essay.

What’s the taxpayers’ bill for Mr. Canuel’s need to be in the lime light?  How much do we as taxpayers have to pay for his ‘rights’.  How must time has been spent by various bureaucrats dealing with his claims;

Last November, Mr. Canuel posed for his driver’s license photo while wearing a blue toga and plastic spaghetti colander.

The unusual photo was deemed fit for Mr. Canuel’s provincial I.D. card, but after lengthy reviewj by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia — the province’s official licensing agency — it was ultimately deemed insufficient for his driver’s license.

In a written statement provided to Postmedia News, ICBC spokesman Adam Grossman said “we will always try to accommodate customers with head coverings where their faith prohibits them from removing it. Mr. Canuel could not provide us with any proof that his faith prohibits it.”

For months, Mr. Canuel continued to drive by repeatedly renewing paper licenses, but was told last week he would not be issued with a new interim license until he agreed to pose sans-headgear.  (National Post )

I don’t begrudge civil servants their wages but how many hours and how much money was used on this issue that could have been better spent on dealing with real issues?

In the past when a person had a cause they got an inexpensive ‘soap box’, found a crowd and started preaching.  If the crowd didn’t like the message they ignored or laughed at the buffoon.  Today because  of our ‘tolerant’ stance on all things religious and multi-cultural – we let the buffoons bully the rest of us;

Four years before he was appearing in the Vancouver press as an “ordained minister” of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Mr. Canuel was making headlines for circulating a recorded sermon in which Surrey evangelical pastor Justin Dennison says in the wake of the Haiti earthquake that “maybe God has shaken that place.”

“This kind of attitude is not appropriate for a community leader such as him,” Mr. Canuel told Postmedia News at the time.

More recently, Mr. Canuel posted a 10-minute YouTube video, Case Studies in Religious Intolerance, in which he used hidden cameras to show Jehovah’s Witness missionaries asserting that homosexuality is caused by demons, and Salvation Army thrift stores refusing to stock non-Christian religious texts.   (National Post )

There’s nothing wrong with ‘tolerance’ –  just with its abuse.

Mr. Canuel isn’t even original in his silliness.  He’s just another latecomer to jump on the bandwagon as the National Post reports;

The “Flying Spaghetti Monster” was first devised as a protest against the Kansas School Board’s 2005 decision to teach creationism in its science curriculum.

In a widely circulated open letter, 25-year-old Oregon physics student Bobby Henderson satirically urged the state to also teach the alternative theory of “Flying Spaghetti Monsterism.”

In the years since, the letter has blossomed into a full-blown cultural phenomenon, spawning tongue-in-cheek religious art, a faux religious text and an international movement seeking to have Pastafarianism recognized by official sources.

U.S. soldiers have had “FSM” listed as a religion on their dog tags, a town councilmember in Pomfret, N.Y., was recently sworn in while solemnly wearing a plastic pasta colander, and colander-wearing pastafarians have been able to obtain driver’s licenses in Austria, the Czech Republic, California, Texas, Oklahoma and New Zealand.

I have always felt the true test of religious conviction and any person’s faith is their willingness to die for their beliefs.  Certainly we see many today who are put to that test; “Credible research has reached the shocking conclusion that an estimate of more than 100,000 Christians are violently killed because of some relation to their faith every year. Other Christians and other believers are subjected to forced displacement, to the destruction of their places of worship, to rape and to the abduction of their leaders . . . ” (Archbishop Silvano Tomasi’s Address to the UN Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue)

I wonder if Mr. Caneu would make the ultimate sacrifice defending ‘his rights’ and his faith in The Flying Spaghetti Monster.  Or is he just another silly little ‘boy-man’ that hasn’t grown up yet?

Why do we waste so much time with such silliness?

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