Wednesday, December 16, 2015

IS THIS WHAT WE'VE COME TO?

Click here for the link to the NZ Gazette Notice Number 2015-go7246 Issue Number 135 of 10 December 2015 advising that the Registrar-General of Marriages, a Mr Jeff Montgomery, has designated the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster an approved organisation for the purpose of the Marriage Act 1955.

Words fail me.

11 comments:

Noel said...

But Justice is done. The decision to include the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster fits all the criteria of the Act.

The Veteran said...

Noel ... nothing to do about justice. All about how stupid society has become .... sigh.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Noel

'Justice' would have seen Solomon chop the baby in half.

Anonymous said...

Who said gay marriage wouldn't denigrate marriage? I'm past caring.

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Psycho Milt said...

The decision serves a useful purpose - it highlights the fact that one made-up religion is as relevant as another.

Ross said...

Its a 4th Article (of the Treaty) issue. NZ does not have an established religion. Any religion that satisfies the criteria in the Act is OK. The Pastafarians have just as good a right as the Jedi knights, Mormons, Buddhists or anyone else.

The Veteran said...

Ross ... nothing to do with Article 4 of the Treaty. The Act stands in its own right. The relevant clause is 9(4) ..."If the the Registrar-General is satisfied that the principal object or one of the principal objects of the organisation is to uphold or promote religious beliefs or philosophical or humanitarian convictions, he or she may by notice in the Gazette declare the organisation to be an approved organisation."

I think it requires a certain degree of obtuse thinking to suggest the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is there to uphold or promote religious beliefs. A more intelligent assessment might be that it is 11 people determined to take the piss out of the system.

Clause 9(4A) provides an 'out' for the Registrar-General who can decline the application in which case it is referred to the Minister who has the final say. In cases where it is apparent that applicants are taking the mickey this should be sop.

scotty said...

If you want to believe in something as patently ludicrous as invisible sky ghosts that created and rule the universe, why should one variety of this delusion be given any more credence than another?

Anonymous said...

The man is worthy of a medal...

Lord Egbut Nobacon (Jedi Knight)

Paranormal said...

Vet, have a listen to the Espiner interview yesterday: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/292259/marriages-with-a-chance-of-meatballs

I particularly like the 30 day get your own god back guarantee.

They certainly are taking the piss, but in the best possible taste.

The Veteran said...

Paranormal ... I certainly had to smile at the question posed as to whether approved celebrants from the Church were to be known as pasters or minestrones.

I don't have a problem with someone taking the piss but I'm less sure about the Registrar-General having to go along with their game.