Pastafarians concerned about religious discrimination by the ABC
Tuesday, 20th August, 2013
Pastafarian Australians are being denied religious equality by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). When asked what is the users religious affiliation while using the ABC’s ‘Vote Compass’ website, there is no option to identify themselves as Pastafarian. This is a clear case of discrimination against followers of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM).
Australian Pastafarian Lobby (APL) spokesperson Cap’n Henry Morgan said “With millions, if not hundreds, of devout worshippers in Australia, the Church of the FSM is widely considered a legitimate religion, even by its opponents – mostly fundamentalist Christians, who have accepted that our God has larger balls than theirs.”
“The sea urchins over at the ABC at should be walkin’ the plank for not including Pastafarians”, Morgan said.
“Those land lubbers should include Pastafarianism in the drop down list of religions on the ‘Vote Compass’ website immediately, arrrr!”, he said.
The APL awaits the timely correction of this oversight from the ABC, and calls for Pastafarianism to be included in all future religious demographic questions. The APL notes that Pastafarianism has already been formally and legally recognised in the United States, the Netherlands, Austria and the Czech Republic.
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About the Australian Pastafarian Lobby
The vision of the APL is to see Pastafarian principles and ethics accepted and influencing the way we are governed, do business, and relate to each other as a community.
For Further Media Information Contact:
Cap’n Cannonballs Pasta, Spokesperson for the Australian Pastafarian Lobby
RESPONSE FROM THE ABC:
Thanks for your feedback. The demographic options in Vote Compass were based on Australian Bureau of Statistics classifications. However, we have taken your suggestion into consideration. Kind regards ABC News Online