There has been yet further disappointment for John Hamill at the Equality Tribunal. The Atheist Ireland crusader had taken a complaint against Dublin City Council on grounds of religious discrimination under the Equal Status Act.
Hamill, who claims to be an “ordained Minister in the Congregationalist Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster”, insists that he was excluded from participation in Dublin’s Interfaith Charter established in 2017 to “promote dialogue” in the city.
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster arose as a minor internet prank in the mid-2000s and has been taken up as a rallying cause by nerds the world over. Essentially a pseudo religion intended to show up the absurdities and privileges often enjoyed by organised faith.