Pastafarians Rejoice: New Zealand Legally Recognizes Church Of The Flying Spaghetti Monster Weddings

March 1, 2016


New Zealand Pastafarians rejoice, because the country (best known for Lord Of The Rings) now legally recognizes Church Of The Flying Spaghetti Monster weddings, and has approved the church's head as a marriage celebrant, capable of performing wedding ceremonies. No word if spaghetti and meatballs is served at the reception, or if that's sacrilegious.

The head of the church, Karen Martyn, has been dubbed a "Ministeroni", or marriage celebrant.

"We have swords, we have noodles and pasta involved in the ceremony. It's a bit of fun," Dr Martyn says.

New Zealand's Department of Internal Affairs late last year approved The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster's request to be able to solemnise weddings.

Now, the department has approved Dr Martyn as a marriage celebrant.

Although it may seem unorthodox for the New Zealand Government to sanction what many consider a spoof church, the law says any group that "upholds or promotes religious beliefs or philosophical or humanitarian convictions" can obtain the right to perform marriages.

Different strokes for different folks. Who am I to judge? I'm just a man who's been pushing for the local government to recognize my right to be married to a rum-based tiki drink. But noooooo, apparently you can't marry a drink you already drank, even if you paid extra to get to keep the ceramic tiki mug. This is bullshit.

Thanks to Dave, who has always dreamed of officiating a wedding. Me? I've always dreamed of officiating a wizard duel.

  • Meh

    This is great news, finally governments acknowledge that pastafarianism is just as retarded as islam, christianity and all that shit.

    Except for Buddhism, which isn't even a religion but still.

  • Dani

    Praised be His noodly appendages!

  • Clampity


  • Elak Swindell

    Yes, let's legalize more fake religions. We have Scientology and Mormons, now this. Jeez. Another tax dodge.

  • Meh

    So what did you learn from this? NONE of them deserve any of it.

  • n11

    I'm not sure about the Tax, though you may have a point.
    But this is clearly a satire religion based on the popular FSM god brought up in religious debates.

  • Konstantin

    Why couldn't have this happened three years earlier? Well, I'll keep it in mind in case I ever get divorced and marry again.

  • sandul

    its because government cannot deny these freedoms, you can't make a law against someone's religion. if scientologists can, then anyone can.

  • TommyBot2000

    I really hate this world sometimes.

  • Zachary Maltais

    But why?

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